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What you need to know about the 2016 Olympics football draw

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The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the draw procedure for the 2016 Rio Olympic Football Tournaments.
The draw is scheduled for the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next Thursday.
It will take place 3.30pm South African time (10.30am in Brazil).
Sixteen teams will participate in the men’s tournament, while 12 women’s will battle it out for the title. The tournament runs from 3-20 August.

The slot allocation per confederation in the men’s tournament have been decided by the Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments as follows:

Confederation, Number of teams, Qualified Teams
AFC: 3 Iraq, Japan, Korea Republic
CAF: 3 Algeria, Nigeria, SOUTH AFRICA
CONCACAF: 2 Honduras, Mexico
CONMEBOL: 2 Argentina, Brazil (hosts)
OFC: 1 Fiji
UEFA: 4 Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Sweden
Play-off 1 Colombia

ALLOCATION TO POTS:

The 16 qualified teams are allocated to four pots of four teams each, based on a ranking built according to past sporting performance.
The ranking is based on the total points obtained in the last five Olympic Football Tournaments (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 for a loss).
The ranking used to build the pots is thus based on the points obtained at the 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996 Olympics.
To enable the ranking to accurately reflect current form, the greatest importance is given to results from the most recent Olympics.
To a lesser degree, attention is also paid to results from previous years.
The system uses five cycles as the points earned in one Olympics decline linearly within the past five cycles:

Year 2012: 100% value of total points
Year 2008: 80% value of total points
Year 2004: 60% value of total points
Year 2000: 40% value of total points
Year 1996: 20% value of total points

In addition, five bonus points are added to each of the confederation champions that won a qualifying tournament.
Based on the above ranking, the three top teams and the hosts are allocated to Pot 1, the next four teams to Pot 2 and so on.
South Africa missed out on the last three editions having last qualified for the Olympic Games in 2000 – they won one match (3-1 vs Brazil) and lost two (2-1 vs Japan; 2-1 vs Slovakia) and could not get out of the group stages, meaning they earned just 1.2 points. Algeria, Colombia, Denmark and Germany did not qualify for the last five Olympic Games, thus they earn zero points.

Therefore, the pot allocation for the men’s draw is as follows:
Pot 1: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan
Pot 2: Nigeria, Korea Republic, Honduras, Iraq
Pot 3: Sweden, Fiji, Portugal,South Africa
Pot 4: Algeria, Colombia, Denmark, Germany

DRAW MECHANICS:
The four pots representing the teams are labelled Pots 1 to 4.
The three pots representing the venues are labelled Groups E to G.
In each pot, there are four balls which contain the position numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 of each respective group.
The draw starts with Pot 1 and ends with Pot 4.
Each pot is completely emptied before moving on to the next pot.
A ball from a team pot will be drawn, followed by a ball from one of the groups, thus determining the position in which the respective team will play.

DRAW CONSTRAINTS:
In Pot 1, Brazil is in a red ball and has been pre-assigned to position E1 as hosts.
FIFA’s general principle is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation drawn into it.

‘We met some tough opposition at the U23 AFCON in Senegal and we all know it will not get any easier,’ said Owen da Gama, U23 coach. ‘Any team we draw will be just as difficult if not more. But as I have said before, our preparations will determine how far we go at the tournament because we don’t want to make up the numbers in Brazil.
‘We have already submitted our plans and have been waiting for the draw and afterwards we will be in a position pick our opposition for friendly matches leading to the tournament.’
‘We cannot afford to cut corners, we have to get quality opposition for our preparations to help us gauge how much progress we have made. We cannot afford to go into the competition blindly as that could work against us. But we are eagerly awaiting the draw.’

WOMEN’S DRAW

SLOT ALLOCATION:

Confederation, Number of teams, Qualified Teams
AFC 2 Australia, China PR
CAF 2 South Africa, Zimbabwe
CONCACAF 2 Canada, USA
CONMEBOL 2 Brazil, Colombia
OFC 1 New Zealand
UEFA 3 France, Germany, Sweden

ALLOCATION TO POTS:
The 12 qualified teams are allocated to four pots of three teams each, based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking released on 25 March, therefore the two top teams and the hosts are allocated Pot 1, the next three teams to Pot 2 and so on:

Pot 1: Brazil, USA, Germany
Pot 2: France, Australia, Sweden
Pot 3: Canada, China PR, New Zealand
Pot 4: Colombia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

FIFA Women’s Rankings: Brazil (hosts) (8), USA (1), Germany (2), France (3), Australia (5), Sweden (6), Canada (10), China PR (12), New Zealand (16), Columbia (24), South Africa (54), Zimbabwe (95)

‘To say I have preference as to who I would like to be drawn against would be very wrong because all the teams that have qualified are of high quality, as you can see more than half ranked in the top 15 – only South Africa, New Zealand, Colombia and Zimbabwe are outside that bracket,’ says Banyana coach Vera Pauw.
‘We have to continue with our preparations and ensure that after the draw we get top class nations to play matches against to ready ourselves for the tournament.
‘But for now our focus is on Botswana in the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up, thereafter we can turn our attention to the Olympics.’

DRAW MECHANICS:
The four pots representing the teams are labelled Pots 1 to 4.
The three pots representing the venues are labelled Groups E to G. In each pot, there are four balls which contain the position numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 of each respective group.
The draw starts with Pot 1 and ends with Pot 4. Each pot is completely emptied before moving on to the next pot.
A ball from a team pot will be drawn, followed by a ball from one of the groups, thus determining the position in which the respective team will play.

DRAW CONSTRAINTS:
In Pot 1, Brazil is in a red ball and has been pre-assigned to position E1 as hosts.
FIFA’s general principle is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation drawn into it.


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