Water polo at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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Men's water polo
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host country Japan
CityTokyo
Venue(s)Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Dates25 July – 8 August 2021
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches42
2016
2024

The men's tournament of water polo at the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tokyo, Japan is set to begin on 25 July and end on 8 August 2021, and will be held at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.[1] It will be the 27th official appearance of the tournament, which was not held in 1896 and was a demonstration sport in 1904 but otherwise has been held at every Olympics.

On 24 March 2020, the Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Qualification[edit]


Event Dates Venue(s) Quota Qualifier(s)
Host nation 7 September 2013 Argentina Buenos Aires 1  Japan
2019 FINA World League 18–23 June 2019 Serbia Belgrade 1  Serbia
2019 FINA World Championships 15–27 July 2019 South Korea Gwangju 2  Italy
 Spain
2019 Pan American Games 4–10 August 2019 Peru Lima 1  United States
Oceanian Continental Selection 1  Australia
African Continental Selection 1  South Africa
2020 European Championships 14–26 January 2020 Hungary Budapest 1  Hungary
2018 Asian Games[3][4] 25 August–1 September 2018 Indonesia Jakarta 1  Kazakhstan
World Qualification Tournament 14–21 February 2021 Netherlands Rotterdam 3  Croatia
 Greece
 Montenegro
Total 12


Schedule[edit]

The competition begins on 25 July, and matches are held every other day. At each match time, two matches are played simultaneously (one from each group during preliminary round, two quarterfinals during that round, one main semifinal and one classification 5 to 8 semifinal during the semifinal round, and the two classification games on the final day) except for the bronze medal final and gold medal final.[5][6][7]

Legend
G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 31 Sun 1 Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8
G G G G G ¼ ½ B F

Competition format[edit]

The twelve teams are seeded into two groups for a preliminary round. The teams in each group play a round-robin. The top four teams in each group advance to the knockout round while the fifth and sixth placed teams are eliminated. The fifth placed teams are ranked nine and ten based on win-loss record, then goal average; the sixth placed teams are ranked eleventh and twelfth in the same way. The knockout round begins with quarterfinals and the winners advance to the semifinals, while the quarterfinal losers play in the fifth to eighth place classification. The two semifinal winners play in the gold medal game, while the two semifinal losers play in the bronze medal game.[8]

Draw[edit]

The draw took place on 21 February 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.[9][10][11]

The twelve teams in the men's tournament were drawn into two groups of six teams. The teams were seeded into six pots.[10]:20:59[12]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
 Italy
 Spain
 Serbia
 Hungary
 United States
 Australia
 South Africa
 Kazakhstan
 Montenegro
 Greece
 Croatia
 Japan

Group stage[edit]

The scheduled was announced on 9 March 2021.[13]

All times are local (UTC+9).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Japan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 July 2021. Source: FINA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference.
(H) Host.


25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
10:00
v
South Africa   Italy Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
11:30
v
Hungary   Greece Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
14:00
v
United States   Japan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
10:00
v
South Africa   United States Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
15:30
v
Italy   Greece Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
18:20
v
Japan   Hungary Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
10:00
v
Hungary   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
14:00
v
United States   Italy Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
18:20
v
Greece   Japan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
14:00
v
United States   Hungary Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
18:20
v
Italy   Japan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
19:50
v
South Africa   Greece Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
10:00
v
Hungary   Italy Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
11:30
v
Greece   United States Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
18:20
v
Japan   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2  Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6  Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 July 2021. Source: FINA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference.


25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
15:30
v
Australia   Montenegro Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
18:20
v
Serbia   Spain Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
19:50
v
Croatia   Kazakhstan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
11:30
v
Montenegro   Spain Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
14:00
v
Kazakhstan   Serbia Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
19:50
v
Australia   Croatia Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
11:30
v
Spain   Kazakhstan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
15:30
v
Croatia   Montenegro Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
19:50
v
Serbia   Australia Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
10:00
v
Montenegro   Kazakhstan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
11:30
v
Australia   Spain Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
15:30
v
Croatia   Serbia Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
14:00
v
Serbia   Montenegro Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
15:30
v
Spain   Croatia Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo
2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
19:50
v
Australia   Kazakhstan Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal
 
          
 
4 August
 
 
A1
 
6 August
 
B4
 
 
 
4 August
 
 
 
B2
 
8 August
 
A3
 
 
 
4 August
 
 
 
A2
 
6 August
 
B3
 
 
 
4 August
 
 Bronze medal
 
B1
 
8 August
 
A4
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifth place bracket
 
5–8th place semifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
6 August
 
 
 
 
8 August
 
 
 
 
 
6 August
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seventh place
 
 
8 August
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)
14:00
v
A1 B4 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)
15:30
v
A2 B3 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)
18:20
v
A3 B2 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)
19:50
v
A4 B1 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

5–8th place semifinals[edit]

6 August 2021 (2021-08-06)
14:00
v
LQF1 LQF3 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

6 August 2021 (2021-08-06)
15:30
v
LQF2 LQF4 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Semifinals[edit]

6 August 2021 (2021-08-06)
18:20
v
WQF1 WQF3 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

6 August 2021 (2021-08-06)
19:50
v
WQF2 WQF4 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Seventh place game[edit]

8 August 2021 (2021-08-08)
09:30
v
LSF1 LSF2 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Fifth place game[edit]

8 August 2021 (2021-08-08)
11:00
v
WSF1 WSF2 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Bronze medal game[edit]

8 August 2021 (2021-08-08)
13:40
v
LSF1 LSF2 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

Gold medal game[edit]

8 August 2021 (2021-08-08)
16:30
v
WSF1 WSF2 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Competition Schedule – FINA Official". fina.org. FINA. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
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