Olympic Qualification System

How Do We Qualify

There are 1 of 3 events from which the Eagles can qualify for the Olympics: the 2014/15 IRB Sevens World Series, the 2015 IRB Regional Association Sevens Championship, or the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.

I. 2014/15 IRB Sevens World Series

The teams ranked 1 to 4 in the final rankings of the 2014/15 IRB Sevens World Series will qualify directly a quota place for their NOC to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

II. 2015 IRB Regional Association Sevens Championships

The winner of each of the 2015 IRB Regional Association Sevens Championships will qualify a quota place for their NOC to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as follows:

  • Africa (CAR) - 1 team
  • Asia (ARFU) - 1 team
  • Europe (FIRA-AER) - 1 team
  • North America and the Caribbean (NACRA ) - 1 team
  • Oceania (FORU) – 1 team
  • South America (CONSUR) - 1 team

All 2015 IRB Regional Association Sevens Championships are intended to take place between 1 June 2015 and 31 December 2015. The dates for each IRB Regional Association Sevens Championship will be confirmed by 31 December 2014.

III. The Final Olympic Qualification Tournament

The final qualification tournament will be a 16 team tournament with the following quota of the best ranked teams from each IRB Region invited to participate, based on rankings from the 2015 Regional Tournaments:

  • Africa (CAR) - 3 teams
  • Asia (ARFU) - 3 teams
  • Europe (FIRA-AER) - 4 teams
  • North America and the Caribbean (NACRA) - 2 teams
  • Oceania (FORU) - 2 teams
  • South America (CONSUR) - 2 teams

The tournament will take place at a time between the end of the Regional Qualification process and 30 June 2016. The date of the tournament will be confirmed by 30 November 2015.

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