Why don’t professional footballers play in the Olympics ?

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Why don't professional footballers play in the Olympics
Why don't professional footballers play in the Olympics
After a wonderful end of Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021, football fans are excited for another football tournament. There is a few time in the start of the new football season. But the fans need not to worry because the Tokyo 2020 Olympics football is here to keep you busy for some days.
We all are aware of the fact that Olympics football is no where close to international football tournaments like World Cup, Euro and Copa America. Football at the Olympics is not given much attention. This is because, football at Olympics is a platform for younger players and you can’t spot big footballer names in Olympics. Fans want to know Why don’t professional footballers play in the Olympics.

Men’s football was introduced in Olympic 1900 Games in Paris. In that tournament, Great Britain won the first gold medal. The Olympics football tournament has been contested since then except in 1932 due to a dispute between the IOC and FIFA.

Can professional players play in the Olympics?

In 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, IOC gave the permission to professional players to participate. An age limit was set at 23 and each team is allowed three “over-age” players.

Now the main reason behind Why don’t professional footballers play in the Olympics is that the Olympics are not an official FIFA event like World Cup, Euros and many more. Therefore, the clubs aren’t required to allow their players to participate in the tournament.

The following are another reasons as to why don’t professional footballers play in the Olympics :

Olympics are for Under 23 players, with only three slots available for overage players  per team. It is a platform for young talents.

Olympics are not considered very important in the football world. In games like basketball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, Olympics have a huge importance but it´s not considered a major tournament in football.

As told earlier, Olympics are not an official even by FIFA. Therefore, FIFA doesn’t need to stop their domestic leagues for the Olympics.

FIFA World Cup has established itself as the biggest tournament in the world. Therefore there is no need to have two international tournaments consisting of the best players from nations around the globe. The Olympics has established itself as a tournament for young talent like the U-20 and U-17 World Cups.