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Sports Olympic soccer schedule 2021: Complete dates, times, TV channels to watch men's tournament in USA

19:01  07 august  2021
19:01  07 august  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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For the second men's Olympic soccer tournament in a row, Brazil emerged with the gold medal after beating Spain in the 2021 final 2-1 on an extra-time goal by Malcom. Mexico came away with the bronze medal, beating host Japan 3-1.

The tournament began with 16 nations each fielding a squad of 22 players who were 24 and younger, except for three overage players (the age cutoff is typically 23, but it was adjusted due to the one-year Olympic postponement). This age rule was formally put in place in 1992 to differentiate the competition from the men’s World Cup in the wake of the IOC opening up the Olympics to professional athletes.

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The field was cut in half after the group stage, with knockout matches whittling down the teams to the final four which faced off for the three medals up for grabs: Brazil, Spain, Mexico and Japan.

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How to watch Olympic soccer in USA & Canada

  • USA - TV channels: NBCSN, USA Network, Olympic Channel
  • USA - Spanish-language TV: Telemundo, Universo
  • USA - Streams: fuboTV , NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app, Telemundo Deportes app, TelemundoDeportes.com
  • Canada - TV channels: NBCSN, USA Network, Olympic Channel
  • Canada - Spanish-language TV: Telelatino
  • Canada - Streams : CBC Gem, CBC's Tokyo 2020 website , CBC Olympics app

TV coverage of select matches from the men’s soccer tournament was carried by five U.S. channels in the NBC family of networks in English and Spanish (match-by-match listings below). Each of those channels was also available on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .

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Every single soccer match in both men’s and women’s tournaments was streamed in the USA on NBCOlympics.com (English), TelemundoDeportes.com (Spanish), the NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication (verification of cable/satellite subscription).

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Coverage in Canada was handed by CBC and the CBC streaming platforms (Gem, website and Olympics app), as well as in Spanish on Telelatino (TLN).

Updated Olympic soccer schedule 2021

NOTE: All matches were streamed in the USA on NBCOlympics.com , TelemundoDeportes.com , NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app with user authentication.

Saturday, July 31 (Quarterfinals)

Matches
QF #1: Spain 5, Ivory Coast 2 (a.e.t.) Highlights
QF #2: Japan 0, New Zealand 0 (4-2 on PKs)
QF #3: Brazil 1, Egypt 0 Highlights
QF #4: South Korea 3, Mexico 6 Highlights

Tuesday, August 3 (Semifinals)

Matches
Semi #1: Mexico 0 Brazil 0 (1-4 on PKs) Highlights
Semi #2: Japan 0, Spain 1 (a.e.t.) Highlights

Friday, August 6 (Bronze)

Match
Mexico 3, Japan 1 Highlights

Saturday, August 7 (Gold / Silver)

Match
Brazil 2, Spain 1 (a.e.t.) Highlights

Olympic men's soccer tournament Format

The men’s soccer tournament opened with a group phase that eliminated half the field of 16 teams. The remaining eight moved on to the quarterfinals for the knockout rounds.

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Group Stage: The 16 teams were split into four groups labeled Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D. The top two teams after round-robin group play automatically advanced to the quarterfinals.

Here’s how they advanced: The group stage rewarded teams with three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. Teams were ranked on points with the first tiebreakers being (1) goal difference and (2) goals scored in that order. If teams were still tied after the second tiebreaker, there were other predetermined criteria to separate the teams.

Knockout Rounds: The top two teams in each group (eight in total) moved on to a fixed bracket, single-elimination knockout round beginning with the quarterfinals, semifinals and the medal matches.

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