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Should football be included in the Olympics?

Wednesday 24th August 2016
After Neymar's penalty sent Brazil into ecstasy, many still questioned whether the beautiful game should still be in the Olympics. There are a variety of views that state that the Olympics should just include those who are not professional sportsmen/women. Yet, we still find ourselves allowing professional football, tennis, golf and basketball players to compete at this special summer of sport.

There is no denying that all of the sports have been entertaining, especially with the Brazilian fans.

However, should football really be involved within the games?

Yes : The Olympics is a time to celebrate sport. All sports are brilliant to be a part of and this is no different when looking at football. Football is the most played/watched game in the whole world and it would be stupid of the governing body, the IOC, to remove such an influential game. The Olympics is about building bridges and football can do just that. The entertainment the sport has brought to the Olympics this year is nothing short of phenomenal. Brazil finally got revenge on Brazil after the 7-1 drubbing they felt 2 years prior. The celebration of the Brazilian people showed just how much it meant to them. It's a gold medal that can be added to a collection and in my opinion, it may not be the best, but it certainly is a unique one.

No : Many will argue that the Olympics should be a time where we should recognise the talented individuals who are not front page headlines on a daily basis. The game of football and those who are lucky enough to play it as a career have enough time in the spotlight and it is time for someone else to have that chance. Some lesser known athletes such as Jade Jones should take centre stage, not someone like Neymar who is in the media most days. Also, there are other competitions such as the World Cup and Confederations Cup that showcase footballing talent. The Olympics shouldn't showcase them too.

Yes : This is more a purely footballing reason. The football tournament in the Olympics allows is to give our countries youngsters an experience they will never forget. There is an upper age limit of 23 if you were to compete in the Olympics which means that most of our youngsters get experience playing on a big stage. Normally, when we crash out of a footballing tournament the media blame the lack of experience our players tend to have. By creating quotas to adhere by our youngsters get the opportunity the crave and in the future will be better off when it comes to major national football tournaments.
No: There are many different international footballing competitions you can win. The Olympics is one, however, it is not regarded as a top trophy by many professionals. Fans also don't see the Olympic gold as a major honour and in my opinion, the World Cup, Euro's, Copa America and Champions League are all bigger tournaments in regards to stature. If footballers and fans, feel this way then surely the sport isn't worth playing? For a majority of the athletes competing for a gold medal is priceless. It means that you are the best in the world. With football, you aren't and this doesn't show the Olympic spirit we all know.

Yes: Football, Soccer or Futbol, however, you say it has been a part of every single Olympic games since 1900. The only exception is in 1932 when Los Angeles hosted the games. Even with this fact, some people view it as a newer sport. The media attention was never brilliant before Athens in 2004, so it is understandable why people take on this view. But, when you are to compare to a sport like golf, football is a long-standing competition and should be kept in the Olympic games. It is the most famous sport in the world and with the pull, it has it would be foolish to remove it.


This topic could be argued for days. It is one that nobody knows the real true answer for. My opinion won't make a difference. But, I do feel that removing football from the Olympic games would cause a problem with many. The sport was watched by millions this year and is an important sport all around. In 2020 we will be heading for Tokyo with many footballers eager to get their hands on a precious gold.
Jamie Britt
Liverpool FC fan, official club member. Liverpool and the Premier League is my thing but I take a serious interest in European as well as lower league football ! Still waiting for Liverpool to win a league title.....!!

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