Why is there no GB men's football team at Olympics? Reason a side wasn't selected for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Team GB has entered a women’s football team for the 2021 Olympics

Following the Euros, international football remains on the agenda at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Many countries have entered teams for the men’s and women’s football competitions at the 2021 Olympics.

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Team GB women’s football side will be going for gold at the Tokyo Olympics but will a Great Britain men’s squad also compete?

Britain's players (top from L) midfielder Scott Sinclair, forward Daniel Sturridge, goalkeeper Jack Butland, defenders Micah Richards, Steven Caulker and Ryan Bertrand and midfielder Aaron Ramsey, (bottom from L) midfielder Tom Cleverley, forward Craig Bellamy, defender Neil Taylor and midfielder Joe Allen pose for a team photo before the London 2012 Olympic Games men's football match between Britain and Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on August 1, 2012. (Pic: Getty Images)

Here’s all you need to know about men’s football at the Olympics – from rules for player selection to the teams competing in Tokyo.

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Is there a GB men's football team at Tokyo 2020?

Sadly not.

Britain's medal tally at each Summer Olympic Games. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)

It appears the inclusion of a men's side at London 2012 was the exception, with the logistics around organising a combined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland side seemingly hard to master.

Britain has not fielded a men’s team at the Games since London 2012 – itself the first time in 52 years that a British men’s football team had featured at the Summer Olympics.

The reason often cited for the lack of such a men’s team is the logistical complications in organising a squad between the differing governing footballing bodies of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Unlike Team GB’s women who are hoping for a successful Olympic campaign in Tokyo.

Which countries are competing at the 2021 Olympics?

16 men's teams - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand

12 women''s teams - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand

What are the rules around selecting players at the Olympics?

The rules for men’s football allow for some household names but with the Euros just finishing and the start of domestic league seasons almost upon us the stage is set for new players to grab the headlines.

Men's football teams at the Olympics are usually restricted to players aged 23 and younger with three older wildcards, though the rules have been modified this year to allow for the delay in the Games.

The age bracket has been extended to 24 and under to account for lost time caused by the Games’ year-long delay - but there is bound to be plenty of up-and-coming hopefuls looking to make a name for themselves.

How can I watch football at the Olympics?

The 2020 Olympic Games will be available to watch via two broadcasters in the UK.

The BBC is set to cover over 350 hours of uninterrupted coverage live and free-to-air. As well as broadcasting on BBC One and Two, the Games will be available to watch on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.