Rio2016 : Olympic draw date set

Rio2016 : Olympic draw date set

Banyana Banyana and the u23 Men’s National Team will know who they play at the Rio 2016 Olympics when the draw is conducted on Thursday, 14 April at 15h30 South African time.

download (21)The tournament runs from 3 – 20 August.

FIFA has announced that the draw will be held at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the same venue that will host the Men’s and Women’s finals on the 19 and 20 August 2016, respectively.

The 16 teams in the men’s tournament, including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions Mexico, will be drawn into four groups while the 12 women’s teams, including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions USA, will be drawn into three groups.

There are three spots still remaining to be filled in the women’s section and will join Brazil as hosts, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany, France, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Colombia.

Just one spot remains in the men’s tournament, with Colombia and USA playing off in March to complete the line-up of hosts Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Fiji, Honduras, Mexico, Algeria, Nigeria, Iraq, Japan and South Korea.

Brief Match Dates:

Women’s
 Opening Match

Wednesday, 3 August
Rio de Janeiro (Olympic Stadium)

Quarterfinals
Friday, 12 August
Brasilia, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte

Semi-finals
Tuesday, 16 August
Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro (Maracana Stadium)

Bronze medal match
Friday, 19 August)
Sao Paulo

Gold medal match
Friday, 19 August
Rio de Janeiro (Maracana Stadium)

Men’s 
Opening Match

Thursday, 4 August
Brasilia

Quarterfinals
Saturday, 13 August
Brasilia, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo

Semi-finals
Wednesday, 17 August
Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro (Maracana Stadium)

Bronze medal match
Saturday, 20 August
Belo Horizonte

Gold medal match
Saturday, 20 August
Rio de Janeiro (Maracana Stadium)