Olympic Qualification System

Rio 2016 Tournament Details

  • Rugby will be played over six days, from August 6th through 11th, 2016.
  • The world’s top women will be the first rugby players to compete for an Olympic Games medal for 92 years, with 12 teams competing over three days before the men’s teams take their turn.
  • Two group stage matches will take place on the first day of competition, followed by the final group stage match and first round of elimination play on day two. The medal round will then take place on the third day.
  • Matches will be held at Deodoro Sports Complex (15,000 seat capacity).
  • View the full Rio 2016 daily competition schedule here.

How Do We Qualify

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

I. 2014/15 World Rugby Sevens Series

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

II. 2015 World Rugby Regional Association Sevens Championships

The winner of each of the 2015 World Rugby 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 World Rugby Regional Association Sevens Championships are intended to take place between 1 June 2015 and 31 December 2015. The dates for each World Rugby 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 World Rugby 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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