Still, a couple of days to go for the Olympics to kick off and few sports events have already begun. Yes, few Olympic events have begun from 21st July 2021. Soccer is one of those events which have started before the Olympics Opening ceremony. As the soccer matches started, many people noticed that the teams participating in the Olympics are under 23 players. So many searches started trending – Why is Soccer in Olympics Under 23? So in this article, we will discuss the exact reason why most players in soccer are under 23.
Why is Soccer in the Olympics Under 23?
Soccer is a very popular sport in the world. The question of FIFA World Cup vs Olympics – which is the biggest sporting event is often asked. There are well-established players like Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Sanchez who have a crazy fan base. But still, why do these stars miss the Olympics?
Well, the reason is that the Olympics has set a few guidelines. According to the Olympics, event is under 23 so that Olympics soccer does not overshadow the FIFA World Cup. In the whole squad, Olympics allows 3 players who can be over the age of 23.
This age limit factor is only for men’s soccer and the rule does not apply for women’s soccer.
One more logical reason that can be stated is that the Olympics and important football events like Euro, Copa America and Gold Cup fall in the same year. Which makes it repetitive.
Allowing the Under 23 players to participate in the Olympics often gives the youngsters a golden chance to perform at the highest level. Since the 2020 Olympics was postponed by a year, the age cut-off year has been extended by a year as well. So the covid-19 will not hit anyone’s chance at the Olympics.
When did the Olympics become under-23 for soccer?
The decision of playing the under 23 squads for the Olympics was taken in 1992. The decision was taken to differentiate and avoid any comparison between Olympics soccer and FIFA World Cup.
Does the Under-23 rule apply to the women’s soccer Olympic tournament?
No. The under 23 rule does not apply to women’s soccer. All the men’s and women’s teams need to seek prior permission from their respective clubs before participating in the Olympics.