New Zealand will face Indonesia or Guinea in the opening match of the Paris Olympics

New Zealand’s OlyWhites will face Indonesia or Guinea as their first opponents at the Paris Olympics.

Indonesia finished fourth at the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup and will earn an intercontinental play-off against Africa’s Guinea on May 9.

The winners will join New Zealand, France and the United States in Group A at the Summer Olympics, which start on July 25, 2024.

Iraq defeated Indonesia in the play-off for third place at the U-23 Asian Cup, meaning they move into Group B.

Japan defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the final of the Asian tournament on Saturday, May 4, to qualify for Group D, while Uzbekistan advanced to Group C.

New Zealand’s opening match at the Olympic Games will be against Indonesia or Guinea at the Stade de Nice, Nice, in the south of France, on Thursday, July 25, 2024, with a kick-off time of 3am (NZT).

The tournament will be held from July 24 – August 10, 2024.

Main photo: New Zealand qualifies for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after beating Fiji in the qualifying tournament in Auckland. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

group A

  • France
  • United States
  • Indonesia or Guinea
  • New Zealand

Group B

  • Argentina
  • Morocco
  • Iraq
  • Ukraine

Group C

  • Uzbekistan
  • Spain
  • Egypt
  • Dominican Republic

Group D

  • Japan
  • Paraguay
  • Mali
  • Israel

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About the teams

France

Head coach: Thierry Henry

How they qualified: As hosts

Previous tournaments: 13 (Paris 1900, London 1908, Antwerp 1920, Paris 1924, Amsterdam 1928, London 1948, Helsinki 1952, Rome 1960, Mexico 1968, Montreal 1976, Los Angeles 1984, Atlanta 1996, Tokyo 2020)

Best result: Gold medal (Los Angeles 1984)

United States

Head coach: Marko Mitrovic

How they qualified: Won the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship

Previous tournaments: 14 (St. Louis 1904, Paris 1924, Amsterdam 1928, Berlin 1936, London 1948, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Munich 1972, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008)

Best result: Silver medal (St. Louis 1904)

New Zealand

Head Coach: Darren Bazeley

How they qualified: Won the 2023 OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Previous tournaments: 3 (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Tokyo 2020)

Best result: Quarterfinals (Tokyo 2020)

Fixtures

Matches to be played on Thursday 25 July 2024 (NZT)

France vs United States
Stade de Marseille, Marseille, 7am (NZT)

Indonesia or Guinea against New Zealand
Stade de Nice, Nice, 3am (NZT)

Matches to be played on Sunday 28 July 2024 (NZT)

New Zealand vs United States
Stade de Marseille, Marseille, 5am (NZT)

France against Indonesia or Guinea
Stade de Nice, Nice, 7am (NZT)

Matches to be played on Wednesday 31 July 2024 (NZT)

New Zealand vs France
Stade de Marseille, Marseille, 5am (NZT)

United States against Indonesia or Guinea
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, 5am (NZT)

The men’s football tournament at the Olympic Games

Men’s football at the Olympic Games is limited to players under the age of 23 (born on or after January 1, 2000), although each team can select up to three players of older age.

Competition locations for the tournament are Paris, Bordeux, Décines-Charpieu (near Lyon), Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Étienne.

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