Why there is no Team GB men’s football team but is a women’s team at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Team GB's women's football team got their Olympic campaign underway with a 2-0 win over Chile on Wednesday.

Manchester City's Ellen White scored both goals in a confident performance for Hege Riise team who will also face Canada and Japan in the group stage.

The fixture was one of six games in the opening round of the group stage which also saw world champions USWNT lose 3-0 to Sweden.

The matches have raised questions over why Team GB doesn't have a men's football team at the games.

This is the second straight Olympics without a Great Britain male team and it all comes down to agreements between the four countries; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ellen White scored a brace against Chile
(Image: REUTERS)

When London hosted the 2012 games the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs were all worried they would lose their Home Nations status if they were to participate as Team GB.

Despite being reassured by then FIFA president Sepp Blatter that their identity would not be lost, it was agreed only England and Wales players would take part in Team GB that year.

Plans were organised to have a team at the Rio 2016 Olympics but they were rejected by the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs and ever since they have not collated a team.

However, there is hope that if the women's side is successful at the games then bosses may re-look at the men's team.

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Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England told The Sun : "I would absolutely love to take a men's football team to the Olympic Games.

"I think the experiences that the women have had through the home country FAs hopefully will be that positive step and impetus for an open dialogue on men's teams in the future.

"Obviously the strength now that we can see in women's football (means) we'd be very disappointed if, in France in Paris in 2024 and on to Los Angeles in 2028, we weren't fielding competitive teams across all sports but in particular competitive teams in football as well."

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Team GB's performance at the Olympics did get off to winning ways and coach Riise was pleased with the match.

She said: "We have been waiting for this game a long time and we were so eager to get started. Get a good start, get a win, keep them away from our goal, score two goals – it’s a good statement for the games coming up.

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“How we started the game was exceptional. The first 30 minutes were the best we’ve played and we kept it going. It wasn’t pretty for the whole game but we fought and we managed to get the result we wanted.

“I asked for a good start and we had a great one.”

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