Tuesday 23 February 2016, 12:18

Olympic draw to be held at Maracana

The iconic Maracana stadium will host the draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 on 14 April 2016, ahead of hosting the men’s and women’s finals of the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 on 19 and 20 August respectively.

The stadium's auditorium will see the groups drawn for Rio 2016's men's and women's football tournaments, with the event scheduled to kick off at 10.00 local time (15.00 CET).

The 16 teams in the men's tournament, including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions Mexico,will be drawn into four groups, and the 12 women's teams, including the hosts and 2012 champions USA, will be drawn into three groups.

Just one spot remains in the men's tournament, with Colombia and USA playing off in March to complete the line-up. In the women’s tournament, the final five teams to qualify will all be known by 9 March 2016.

As well as Rio de Janeiro, the home of the 2016 Olympic Games, the five other host cities for the football tournaments (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo) are eagerly awaiting the draw to see who they will welcome to their regions. Each of the co-host cities are keen to replicate the remarkable hospitality shown during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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