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Canada's Deanne Rose on rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and life during COVID-19 times
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The Coronavirus pandemic has directly impacted athletes around the globe. Canada and Florida Gators forward Deanne Rose shared what it was like to have Tokyo 2020 snatched from her, and how she has been coping during these rough times.
Matildas, Christine Sinclair's Canada won't play at Tokyo 2020 if staged in Summer
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The thought of watching football again on live television before the arrival of fall is fading as Canada backs out of Tokyo 2020 and Australia set to follow amid the Coronavirus pandemic.


About Olympic Soccer - Women

The Olympic Football Tournament for Women was added to the Olympic program in 1996. It is considered by many fans and experts as a "mini Women's World Cup", mainly because senior teams are allowed to play, contrary to what happens in the Men’s category where participation is reserved to U-23 squads and a limited amount of veterans per roster. Women's Olympic Soccer has given fans around the world a chance to witness some historic moments in women’s football, such as attendance records for a women’s game, added to other feats.

The tournament has evolved since its inception, especially in the number of participants. Back in 1996, there were only eight teams invited to play in this competition. Nowadays, twelve teams from around the world get the chance to dream about winning Olympic gold medals.

As of now, there have been 23 different participating nations in the history of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Brazil has played in all six editions, and they have also secured their spot in the 2020 edition. The Seleção Feminina de Futebol is the team with the most Olympic Games under its belt. On the other hand, there are six teams that have only played in one edition of the Women’s Olympic Football competition: Argentina, Cameroon, Denmark, Greece, Mexico, and Zimbabwe. The Netherlands have added their name to that group, as they are set to make their debut at Tokyo 2020.

The previous edition of the Olympic Games took place in Brazil, and for the first time ever, the USWNT failed to reach the semi-final stages. Germany claimed their first Women's Soccer Olympics gold medal by defeating Sweden in the final match, while Canada earned the bronze medal after beating the hosts.

Japan was chosen to host the 2020 edition of the summer Olympic Games, with eleven spots up for grabs in the Women's Football competition allocated as follows:

- UEFA: Three places
- CAF: One place
- AFC: Two places (excluding Japan)
- CONMEBOL: One place
- CONCACAF: Two places
- Oceanía: One place

In the qualifying phases, a playoff between the runners-up in the CAF Olympic Qualifiers and the Copa América Femenina runners-up was also scheduled. In terms of the tournament's composition at Tokyo, all 12 teams are drawn into three groups. The two best teams of every group are joined in the knockout stages by the two best-third placed nations in the competition.

Did you know? The USWNT is the most successful team in Women's Olympic Football. The reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champions entered the 2020 Summer Olympics' Women's Football tournament with five medals under their belt. The Stars and Stripes had won the gold medal four times (1996, 2004,2008, 2012), and picked silver in 2000, when Norway claimed the title by beating them 3-2.

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