|Host country China|
Venue(s) 6 (in 5 host cities)
|Dates 6–23 August|
|Teams 16 (men) + 12 (women) (from 6 confederations)|
Champions Argentina (men) United States (women)
Runners-up Nigeria (men) Brazil (women)
Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and several other cities in the People's Republic of China from 6 to 23 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their full women's national teams and men's U-23 teams to participate. Men's teams were allowed to augment their squad with three players over the age of 23.
For these games, the men competed in a 16-team tournament, and the women in a 12-team tournament. Preliminary matches commenced two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 8 August.
Aside from the host city Beijing, football matches took place in four other cities: