One of the most popular sports in the world, football, will see eight men's teams compete for gold at the Islamic Solidarity Games. The competition will be held across a number of venues within Baku. The Tofig Bahramov Stadium, home to the Azerbaijani nation football team, will host the final. Dalgha Arena will host the semi-final matches, with Azal Arena and Bayil Arena hosting the group stage matches. The football pitches are not exactly the same size in all the venues, they vary between 100m–110m long and 64m–75m wide. The penalty spot at either end is 11m from the goal.
Football was introduced as a medal-winning sport at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Great Britain won the men's gold medal, then successfully defended their title four years later in Stockholm. The sport has featured at every Olympic Games since, except for Los Angeles 1932. The first women's competition was at Atlanta 1996.
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