A COMBINED Team GB will take to the field for the London 2012 Olympic games – the first time a combined British team has competed for 52 years.
The annoucement comes as the British Olympic Association has reached an agreement with The FA that will enable Team GB to compete in both men’s and women’s football next year.
The men’s team will feature 18 players – 15 of whom will be Under 23 with three ‘open age’ players – while the women’s team will also be comprised of 18 players, but there are no age restrictions.
BOA Chief Executive and Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: “Seeing Team GB take to the pitch in 2012 will be one of the defining moments of the London Olympic Games.
“It would be unthinkable to host the Olympic Games in Great Britain, home of the world’s most knowledgeable and passionate football fans, and not have Team GB represented in both men’s and women’s football.”
FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: “We’re delighted there will be football teams representing Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.
“It’s important as the host nation, football plays its part in what is sure to be a fantastic spectacle.
“We are pleased that the team will be selected from players across the home nations and I’d like to thank our counterparts at the Welsh, Irish and Scottish FAs for their understanding on what is a difficult issue.”
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