After Copa America and Euro 2016, football fans across the world have yet another international tournament to look forward to–the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The football tournament of the Olympics will get underway in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before the grand opening ceremony. There will be 16 teams in the men?s competition and 12 teams in the women?s tournament for a total of 58 matches.
The soccer tournament kicks off with the first four group stages of the women?s tournament taking place on Wednesday. Team USA, the current FIFA Women?s World Cup title holders, is the favorite to become the first country to hold the world and Olympic titles in consecutive years, while the European trio of France, Germany and Sweden are also considered as strong contenders.
Sweden will be meeting South Africa in the first match of the women?s tournament, while World and Olympic champions USA will face New Zealand.
In the Men?s football tournament, hosts Brazil is the hot favourites to take the men’s title after the disappointment of losing in the final in the 2012 London Olympics. For many Brazilians, the football tournament will be the most important part of the Olympic Games as their star player Neymar Jr. looks to win the hearts of many.
The men?s group stage starts Thursday with the first match between Iraq and Denmark.
Which teams are participating in the Olympics?
Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark
Group B: Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan
Group C: Fiji, South Korea, Mexico, Germany
Group D: Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina
Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany
Group G: USA, New Zealand, France, Columbia
How to watch the Rio Olympics Soccer Tournament?
In the United States, the 2016 Olympic Games will be broadcast on various NBC networks. Those include NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo and USA Network. NBC Sports Live Extra is where you’ll be able to stream all the matches live. This post will be updated with specific listings as the tournament’s first match gets closer.
In the United Kingdom, fans can get on BBC One, BBC Four, Red Button and watch up to 24 HD video streams on mobile, desktop, connected TVs and app.
Rio 2016 Women?s Soccer Schedule:
Day 1 Fixtures
Wednesday, August 3
Sweden vs. South Africa 12 p.m. ET?Stream Live
Canada vs. Australia 2 p.m. ET?Stream Live
Brazil vs. China 3 p.m. ET Stream Live
Zimbabwe vs. Germany 5 p.m. ET Stream Live
United States vs. New Zealand 6 p.m. ET Stream Live
France vs. Colombia 9 p.m. ET Stream Live
Rio 2016 Men?s Soccer Schedule:
Thursday, August 4
Iraq vs Denmark 9 p.m. ET ?NBCSN/Watch Stream
Honduras vs Algeria 11 p.m. ET USA/Watch Stream
Brazil vs South Africa 12 p.m. ET NBCSN/Watch Stream
Mexico vs Germany 1 p.m. ET USA/Watch Stream
Portugal vs Argentina 2 p.m. ET NBCSN/Watch Stream
Sweden vs Columbia 3 p.m. ET USA/Watch Stream
Fiji vs South Korea 4 p.m. ET Watch Stream
Nigeria vs Japan 6 p.m. ET NBCSN/Watch Stream
For the whole schedule and the live streams, check NBC Olympics.