New Zealand to face France and United States in men’s Olympic Games group

New Zealand’s OlyWhites have been drawn to play group games against hosts France, the United States and the winner of an Asian-African play-off at the Paris Olympics.

New Zealand’s opening match will be against the play-off winners at the Stade de Nice, Nice, in southern 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 qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics after beating Fiji in the qualifiers tournament in Auckland. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Three Asian teams will qualify through the AFC U-23 Asian Cup, to be held April 15 – May 3.

The fourth remaining spot will come from an intercontinental play-off between an Asian team and Guinea, from West Africa.

Group A

  • France
  • United States
  • Intercontinental play-off winner (AFC4 v Guinea)
  • New Zealand

Group B

  • Argentina
  • Morocco
  • Asia qualifier 3
  • Ukraine

Group C

  • Asia qualifier 2
  • Spain
  • Egypt
  • Dominican Republic

Group D

  • Asia qualifier 1
  • Paraguay
  • Mali
  • Israel

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About the teams


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: Quarter-final (Tokyo 2020)


Games to be played on Thursday July 25, 2024 (NZT)

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

Asia/Africa play-off winner v New Zealand
Stade de Nice, Nice, 3am (NZT)

Games to be played on Sunday July 28, 2024 (NZT)

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

France v Asia/Africa play-off winner
Stade de Nice, Nice, 7am (NZT)

Games to be played on Wednesday July 31, 2024 (NZT)

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

United States v Asia/Africa play-off winner
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, 5am (NZT)

The men’s football tournament at the Olympics

Men’s football at the Olympics is restricted to under-23 players (born on or after January 1, 2000), though each team can select up to three overage players.

Match venues for the tournament are Paris, Bordeaux, Décines-Charpieu (near Lyon), Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Étienne.

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