Friday, April 16, 2021
FIFA announced the classification of the teams participating in the men’s soccer competitions in the Tokyo Olympics, where the Egyptian national team is in the third classification.
The Egyptian Olympic team is in the third ranking of the Olympic lottery, next to Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and New Zealand.
The 16 teams are divided into 4 levels based on a ranking based on performance in the past five Olympic soccer tournaments.
FIFA decided to rely on the results of the last five Olympic tournaments (Rio de Janeiro 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000) in determining the levels of the teams participating in the Tokyo 2020 edition, in addition to awarding the champions of the qualifying competitions to Tokyo. On all continents, five points each.
FIFA gave preference to the chronological arrangement of those tournaments, as the teams that participated in the past five editions get three points for winning and one point for a draw in all their matches, provided that those points are counted in full “100%” in the last edition in Rio de Janeiro, while the percentage decreases. Gradually in previous versions.
The results of the London 2012 edition are calculated by 80%, while that percentage decreases to 60% in the 2008 Beijing edition, and declines to 40% in the 2004 Athens edition, with the results of the teams that participated in the Sydney 2000 edition calculated by 20%.
It was announced that the Japanese national team, as the owner of the land, will be in the first level “A1”, after which the lottery will be drawn naturally, in order for the 4 groups to be completed, with the presence of 4 teams in each group, making sure that there are no more than one team from each continent in one group. .
The teams qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in soccer have already been held, with 16 teams scheduled to participate as follows:
Europe: Spain – France – Romania – Germany.
Asia: South Korea – Australia – Saudi Arabia.
Africa: Egypt – Cote d’Ivoire – South Africa.
South America: Brazil – Argentina.
North America: Mexico – Honduras.
Oceania: New Zealand.
Why was Egypt at the third level?
According to FIFA’s rules regarding the calculation of special points for each team that qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the Egyptian Olympic team was in the third level, according to these criteria, as it scored 8.2 points after participating in the London 2012 Olympiad, and got 5 points due to the coronation of the nations of Africa under the last 23 years. .
The Egyptian national team achieved a single victory in the London Olympics in 2012, along with a single draw, and a loss in two matches. Egypt did not participate in any Olympic football tournaments, versions 2000, 2004, 2008, or 2016.
And based on the results of the other 14 teams “far from Egypt and Japan”, in previous Olympic participations according to the criteria of “FIFA” in addition to their results in the qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics, the Brazilian team ranked first with a score of (34.2), Argentina (27) and South Korea (25) and they The trio is next to Japan in the first level.
In the second level, Mexico was present with a score of (23.4), then Germany (12) and Honduras (11.8), while Spain won the last seat in the second classification with a score of (8.4), outperforming Egypt (8.2), which fell to the third level.
The Egyptian Olympic team is participating in the Olympic Games “Tokyo 2020” after the recent coronation of the African nations under 23 years old, which was held in Egypt.
The Tokyo Olympics draw ceremony will take place next Wednesday, April 21, at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, at 11:00 Cairo local time.
The Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for next summer, specifically between July 23 and August 8, is scheduled to be held, after it was postponed to take place in 2021 due to the spread of the Corona virus.