Olympic Football Tournaments: draw procedures
All 28 slots at the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 have now been filled and the nations involved are surely waiting with baited breath for the draw, to be held at the Maracanã on 14 April 2016 at 10.30 local time (15.30 CET).
Hosts Brazil will take the lead spot in Group A (men’s tournament) and Group E (women’s tournament), with the men’s teams allocated into four pots based on a ranking taking into account performances at the past five Olympic Football Tournaments. The ranking is weighted so that recent performances play a more prominent role, and a bonus is given to those teams who finished their qualifying competition as continental champions.The women’s teams will also be split into four pots, but their allocation to the pots will be based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking released on 25 March.
The general principle for each tournament’s draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation. For a more detailed breakdown of the draw mechanics, constraints and seeding you can read the Official Draw Procedures.