Football At the 1900 Summer Olympics
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Football At the 1900 Summer Olympics
Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates20 - 23 September
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (GBR)
Runners-up France (FRA)
Third place Belgium (BEL)
Tournament statistics
Matches played2
Goals scored12 (6 per match)

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, an association football tournament was contested for the first time. Only two demonstration matches were held between the three club sides, and no medals were awarded.

France's representatives were determined by the USFSA, which elected the Parisian champion Club Français.[1] For Belgium, after Racing Club de Bruxelles declined to participate, a student selection with players from the Université libre de Bruxelles was sent by the Federation.[2][3] The team was enforced with a few non-students. On the other hand, English club Upton Park F.C. represented Great Britain.[1][3]

Despite this, the International Olympic Committee currently credits Great Britain, France and Belgium with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively as part of its attempt to reconcile early Olympic Games with the modern award scheme.[4]

The football matches were held at the Vélodrome de Vincennes in Paris.[1]


The Vélodrome de Vincennes hosted all the matches



In the first game, the British squad had little difficulty defeating the USFSA XI. Upton Park led 2-0 after the first half, getting two more goals in the second to win 4-0. Gaston Peltier scored in the first minute to give the USFSA XI an early lead, but Université de Bruxelles scored twice to take a 2-1 first half lead. The French scored five goals in the second half, however, to take the match 6-2.

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 United Kingdom Upton Park 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 2
2 France Club Français 2 1 0 1 6 6 0 2
3 Belgium Université de Bruxelles 1 0 0 1 2 6 -4 0

Medal summary

Medal table

Upton Park F.C. (left) represented Great Britain, winning the Gold medal; (right): The French team was the Club Français wearing the USFSA uniform
The Belgian team selected by the Université de Bruxelles
Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0 1
2  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
3  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1


See also


  1. ^ Represented by Upton Park F.C..[1][3]
  2. ^ Represented by Club Français.[1]
  3. ^ Represented by the Université de Bruxelles.[3][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Games of the II. Olympiad - Football Tournament by Søren Elbech and Karel Stokkermans on the RSSSF
  2. ^ Great Britain's first home Olympic football adventure by Jon Carter, ESPN, 26 Jun 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e Before the World Cup: Who were football's earliest world champions? by Paul Brown on Medium Sports, 6 Jun 2018
  4. ^ Paris 1900 football men on IOC website

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