18 countries had registered for the Olympic tournament. Because Estonia (that had drawn in the preliminary round against Spain) withdrew seventeen countries took part.As a result, there was one game in the preliminary round necessary.
The matches were played on 27 May to 13 June, just like the hockey games so even before the official opening of the games on July 28.
The consolation tournament was organized by the FIFA and was not part of the official Olympic program. Countries in the Olympic tournament were switched off there for registration. The trophy for the winner was donated by the Dutch football association.