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Samuel Baudrier

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Britain united for 2012 football
« on: June 21, 2011, 03:58:58 PM »
Footballers from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England will be available for selection for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

There has been opposition to all-British teams competing in London from every home nation apart from England.

But the British Olympic Association said an "historic agreement" has now been reached.

"It has been a long, six-year journey to get to this point," said BOA chief executive Andy Hunt.

However, the BOA announcement has sparked outrage from the Scottish and Welsh FAs.

Scottish Football Association president George Peat told the Press Association: "I am absolutely astounded that they have put out this statement. I know nothing about any such agreement and we want nothing to do with this tournament."

Welsh FA president Phil Pritchard was equally furious, saying the FA had no right to speak on behalf of the other associations on Olympic matters.

Pritchard told the Press Association: "We are not part of any agreement. The FA have no authority to speak on our behalf - they do not represent Wales whatsoever and that's a fact.

"We have not discussed this at any time recently."

The last time Britain competed in an Olympic football event was in 1960, when the men's side failed to win a medal in Rome after beating Taiwan 3-2, drawing 1-1 with Italy and losing 4-3 to Brazil.

Team GB has never fielded a women's football team at an Olympics.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/13854492.stm

Question is will Hope Powell select non English players as apparently the BOA deferring management of the team to the English FA ?
   

Samuel Baudrier

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United British squad get green light for London 2012 Olympics
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 04:40:29 PM »
A united British football team including players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will compete at the London Olympics next year.

The historic announcement was made this afternoon by the British Olympic Association after each of the home nations received written confirmation from FIFA that their independent statuses will not be affected by competing as one team in London.

It was thought that only England would end up providing players with Stuart Pearce still the favourite to be named as manager.

Britain have not had a united team at the Games since 1960 in Rome and has never had a women's team competing in the Olympics.

The English Football Association will have responsibility for nominating the manager, players and support personnel to the BOA for final selection to Team GB.

The BOA confirmed that the FA have consulted with their partner associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in developing the player-selection criteria and timeline.

The men's squad will feature 18 players - 15 of whom will be Under 23 and three 'open age' players. The women's will also be comprised of 18 players, with no age restrictions.

BOA chief executive and Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: "We are honoured to be working in close partnership with the FA, on behalf of all four Football Associations, to fulfil this historic opportunity.

"It has been a long, six-year journey to get to this point, with very real considerations from the Home Nations that first had to be recognised, respected and resolved."

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-sport/football/article-23962952-united-british-football-team-get-green-light-for-london-2012.do

Samuel Baudrier

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Re: Britain united for 2012 football
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 04:56:46 PM »
History will be made during the London 2012 Olympic Games as Team GB returns to the pitch in men’s Olympic football for the first time in 52 years, and competes in the women’s Olympic football tournament for the first time ever.

The landmark announcement is being made today by the British Olympic Association (BOA), which has reached an agreement with The Football Association (FA) that will enable Team GB to compete in both men’s and women’s football at home in London 2012.

The FA is the designated National Governing Body for Olympic football within the National Olympic Committee, where it represents the interests of the Football Associations from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For the 2012 Olympic football competition, the British sides will be administered by The FA which will have responsibility for nominating the managers, players and support personnel to the BOA for final selection to Team GB. Consistent with requirements set out in the Olympic Charter, the selection criteria will be entirely non-discriminatory, as players from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other territories which fall under the BOA’s remit as an NOC, who meet the approved competitive standard will be eligible for consideration and selection.

The FA has consulted with its partner Associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in developing the player-selection criteria and timeline. All four Associations have received a written assurance from the Secretary General of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international federation for football, that participation in the 2012 Olympic Football Tournament will in no way compromise their autonomy and independence for other FIFA-sanctioned tournaments, nor will it have any impact on their positions of leadership within the FIFA governance structure.

The men’s team will feature 18 players - 15 of whom will be Under 23 and three ‘open age’ players. The women’s team will also be comprised of 18 players, but there are no age restrictions.

An announcement of the managers for both Team GB sides will be made in due course.

The player evaluation and selection process will then begin in the autumn with the development of a ‘long list’ of potential players, as identified by the Team GB managers. Players on the long list will be asked to confirm their interest and availability to compete for Team GB, if selected, following discussions with their respective professional clubs and Home Associations.

As competition draws closer, the long list will be reduced to a short list of players, and an announcement of the two squads to be made in the summer of 2012.

The last time Team GB was represented in the men’s Olympic football competition was the 1960 Games in Rome, beating Taiwan 3-2, drawing 1-1 with Italy and losing 4-3 to Brazil, thereby failing to advance to the medal round. Team GB has never competed in the women’s Olympic football tournament.

Great Britain has won three medals – all gold – in Olympic competition: 1900 Paris, 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm.

For the London 2012 Olympic Games, the men’s football competition will feature 16 teams and the women’s tournament 12 teams. Preliminary round matches will begin on 25 July, two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games, and conclude on 11 August.

Matches will be played in six venues throughout the United Kingdom:

City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, England
Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland
Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales
Old Trafford in Manchester, England
St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England
Wembley Stadium in London, England

Medal round matches will be played as follows:

9 August – City of Coventry Stadium, women’s bronze medal match
9 August – Wembley Stadium, women’s gold medal match
10 August – Millennium Stadium, men’s bronze medal match
11 August – Wembley Stadium, men’s gold medal match

The exact dates, times and locations for matches featuring the Team GB men’s and women’s sides have not yet been set.

BOA Chief Executive and Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said:

“Seeing Team GB take to the pitch in 2012 will be one of the defining moments of the London Olympic Games. It would be unthinkable to host the Olympic Games in Great Britain, home of the world’s most knowledgeable and passionate football fans, and not have Team GB represented in both men’s and women’s football.

We are honoured to be working in close partnership with The FA, on behalf of all four Football Associations, to fulfil this historic opportunity. It has been a long, six-year journey to get to this point, with very real considerations from the Home Nations that first had to be recognised, respected and resolved.

We absolutely respect the participation of the Home Nations as individual nations at all other football events; 2012 is unique, we are hosting the Olympic Games and what has been achieved is fantastic for all those who love sport and love to watch great football. I want to express my appreciation to all four Football Associations for their recognition of just how meaningful it will be for Team GB to compete in football in London 2012.”

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said:

"We're delighted there will be football teams representing Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

It's important as the host nation, football plays its part in what is sure to be a fantastic spectacle.

We are pleased that the team will be selected from players across the home nations and I'd like to thank our counterparts at the Welsh, Irish and Scottish FAs for their understanding on what is a difficult issue.

We will look to confirm coaches of the men's and women's teams in due course to allow them to plan and prepare their squads for the games."
 
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