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FIFA May Increase the age Limit for Men’s Football in the Olympics from 23

Fifa could do something different from the usual in the Olymipic games which is scheduled to be played in Tokyo come July. They are likely to raise the age limit for the men’s football tournament at next summer’s rearranged Olympic Games in Tokyo to 24 from 23.

The adjust is been deliberate upon by the sport’s governing body and FIFA and they have recommended that it will be proper to move the limit to accommodate players eligible for this year’s Games. Japan Olympic or Tokyo 2020 which was to play in July was suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic which has not cure yet. 

Players born on or after 1st of January 1997 will be allowed to play in the Olympics, but this is yet to be approved by the FIFA Bureau. The Bureau which is a reduced version of FIFA’s decision-making Council has to approve it before it can accepted globally.

The tournament is due to start before the opening ceremony on 23 July, 2021. Three allocated over-aged players will still be allowed to be selected for each nation. The women’s competition at next year’s Games has no age limit. Sadly, Nigeria’s national men’s team may not feature in the tournament but the female team will be in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Fifa has also recommended calling off all men’s and women’s international games scheduled for June 2020 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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