Ultimate Guide: Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Men's Football Tournament

Over 18 months on from the day Australia secured qualification for its first Olympic Men's Football Tournament since 2008, the Olyroos are almost set to finally play their part at Tokyo 2020!

Australian football fans, here is everything you need to know about how to get behind the Olyroos during the upcoming Games.

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How to watch

The Seven Network is the official broadcaster of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Australia. Men's and Women's football matches featuring Australia will be available via the Seven Network throughout July and August.

Tokyo 2020 Men’s Football Tournament – Group C 

Match 1: Argentina v Australia 

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Kick-off: 7:30pm local; 8:30pm AEST 
Broadcast: Seven Network

Match 2: Australia v Spain 
Date: Sunday, 25 July 2021 
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Kick-off: 7:30pm local; 8:30pm AEST
Broadcast: Seven Network

Match 3: Australia v Egypt 
Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Venue: Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan
Kick-off: 8pm local; 9pm AEST 
Broadcast: Seven Network

The tournament structure and schedule

Australia will be one of 16 nations that will take to the pitch in Tokyo. The qualified nations are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Germany, Honduras, Japan (host country), Korea Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Spain.

Graham Arnold's side will be hoping to advance through to the Quarter Finals as one of the top two finishers. 

Australia's best result at a Men's Olympic Football Tournament to date is fourth place at Barcelona 1992, and Australia's U-23's will be setting their sights on going at least one better and taking home our country's first ever Olympic football medal. 

Key Dates
Group Stage: Thursday 22nd  July 22, Sunday 25th  July, Wednesday 28th July
Quarter Finals: Saturday July 31st 
Semi Finals: Tuesday August 3rd 
Bronze Medal Match: Friday August 6th 
Gold Medal Match: Saturday August 7th

How to follow

Socceroos.com.au has you covered with all of the Olyroos coverage you need, including in-depth profiles of the Men's Football Team who will take part in Tokyo 2020.

The Socceroos social pages are in Olympic mode and will provide regular updates and in-camp content while carrying the Olyroos name in the coming weeks. 

You can show your support using the #GoAustralia, #GoOlyroos or #TokyoTogether. 

You can check out all of our exclusive pre-Olympic content here.


The squad

The Olympic tournament features under-23 players, with three overage players eligible for selection. The delay to Tokyo 2020 resulted in an extension of the age group, so any player eligible for the initial competition dates in 2020 remains eligible for the Games this year.

Coached by Seoul 1988 Olympian Graham Arnold, Australia’s ambitious men’s Football team for Tokyo 2020 includes players currently playing for clubs across the A-League, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Many members of the squad have enjoyed recent success at club and international level, with Denis Genreau, Connor Metcalfe, Harry Souttar and Mitchell Duke starring for the Socceroos in June, Nathaniel Atkinson, Tom Glover, and Joel King featuring in Sunday’s A-League Grand Final in Melbourne, and youngster Caleb Watts making his Premier League debut in England last season.




Daniel Arzani



Nathaniel Atkinson



Keanu Baccus



Nicholas D'Agostino



Thomas Deng



Cameron Devlin Midfielder 23

Mitchell Duke (overage)



Denis Genreau



Thomas Glover



Jordan Holmes Goalkeeper 24

Joel King



Ashley Maynard-Brewer



Riley McGree



Connor Metcalfe



Dylan Pierias



Reno Piscopo



Jay Rich-Baghuelou Defender 21

Kye Rowles



Harry Souttar



Marco Tilio Forward 19
Lachlan Wales Forward 23

Caleb Watts




READ MORE: Group C squads settled ahead of Tokyo 2020 Men's Football Tournament

The draw 

April's draw marked a key milestone ahead of the highly anticipated Tokyo 2020 tournament, which will be the first time that both Australian men's and women's football teams appear at the same Games since Athens 2004. 

Australia were drawn into Group C of the Men's Football Tournament at Tokyo 2020 alongside Argentina, Spain and Egypt. 

The Olyroos will take on familiar foes Argentina, who they faced in 2004 and 2008, as well as Spain who they faced once before during Atlanta 1996, and Egypt who are first-time opponents at Olympic level.

Graham Arnold's side booked their first Olympic spot since 2008 in January 2020 after finishing third at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand and, following the postponement of the Games last year, will kick off their Tokyo 2020 campaign on 22nd July 2021. 

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Olyroos Head Coach Graham Arnold said the opportunity for many of Australia’s best young players to challenge themselves against the world’s best would be great for their careers.

“I believe we have received a fantastic draw, and it will be a great experience for our boys,” Arnold said. “In the past playing against Argentina has brought the best out of Australian footballers, while the opportunity for us to play against a top African nation in Egypt, as well as Spain, is a great opportunity to show what we have got.”

“My expectations are very high from ourselves as a team. With the delay of the Olympics for a year due to COVID, it has enabled our players to get a lot of game time, and I truly believe that we are in a better position at this time than last year. A good number of players are playing every week.”

“The Olympics is the second biggest stage in international football after the World Cup, and the next few months will present a great opportunity for our team to perform well, but also for individuals to commence the next part of their careers.”

The journey to Tokyo 

The young Aussies earned themselves a spot at the Tokyo Olympic Games to be played out later this year with a tightly-fought win over Uzbekistan in the AFC U-23 Championship third-place playoff.

The victory - inspired by a brilliant solo goal by Nick D'Agostino - was the capstone moment of a long, arduous journey to qualifying for the Olympic Games which began in March, 2019.

To qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games the Australia U-23’s first had to qualify for the AFC Championship, where the top three sides of the competition would ultimately book their flights to Tokyo 2020.

First up on the qualification route was a game against Cambodia U-23’s at Pnomh Penh Olympic Stadium on March 22, 2019, a game Australia won 6-0.

Two days after putting six goals past Cambodia Australia U-23’s scored six more, this time against Chinese Taipei at Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium.

The Green and Gold needed a draw against Korea Republic to progress to the AFC Championship and that’s exactly what they got when they played out a 2-2 draw in Cambodia.

Nicholas D'Agostino Olyroos
Nicholas D'Agostino scored some vital goals on Australia's road to Tokyo 2020

Ten months on from qualification the Australia U-23’s got their 2020 AFC Championship campaign underway in Thailand with a 1-1 draw against Iraq.

Trailing 1-0 to host nation Thailand at Rajamangala National Stadium, the Green and Gold were in need of a hero to set them back on track at the 2020 AFC Championship.

Staring down the barrel of a defeat and just one point from their first two games, D’Agostino’s double secured a 2-1 win which instead launched Australia to the top of Group A.

Graham Arnold’s side progressed to the knockout stages of an AFC Championship campaign for the first time since 2013 with a 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the final game of the group stage.

Australia had a date with destiny in their sights if they could beat Syria in their quarter-final clash, but a goalless 90 minutes set up a tense half hour of extra time to decide who would make it to the all-important semi-final.

 Al Hassan Toure would prove to be the hero this time, sliding home a 101st minute-winner to send Australia within one result of an Olympic berth. 

But with exactly that on the line, it was Korea Republic who surged to a 2-0 semi-final win to send Australia to an all-or-nothing playoff.

Heading into the third-place playoff against Uzbekistan with everything on the line, Graham Arnold's Australia U-23's rose to the challenge to seal a 1-0 victory and their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As he had time and time again throughout the campaign, D'Agostino stood up with a goal when his country needed it most - and full-time scenes of jubilation would follow: Australia were on their way to their first Olympic Men's Football Tournament in 12 years. 

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