It is less than 100 days to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which are scheduled to start from 3 – 20 August.

It is less than 100 days to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which are scheduled to start from 3 – 20 August.

With the clock ticking, so are the key dates for submitting crucial documents.

Friday, 29 April was the deadline for handing in the long list of players intended to be used for the tournament for both male and female teams to SASCOC.

The next important date on the calendar for those who have qualified for the Olympics is Wednesday, 1 June when teams are expected to provide the provisional list of players – 35 in total both to SASCOC and FIFA.

The Football Associations will then have just over a month to trim down their squads to the required 22 players – (18 + 4 standby), as the final list of players which will have to be handed in on Thursday, 14 July – again both to SASCOC and FIFA.

“Until the 14th of July this year, we won’t know the identity of the players going to the Olympics. We would like to appeal to everyone to be patient as we will make a big announcement once the final squads have been finalised,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.

According to competition rules:

  • Players will be allowed to be replaced from 18 July 2016 until 24 hours prior to kickoff – the replacement of an injured athlete can be done with any player from the FIFA Provisional List of 35 players or with one of the four additional players)
  • After the start of competition, the replacement of injured athlete will only be possible with one of the four Alternate Athletes
  • Under no circumstances should the list of 18 players in the men’s competition include more than the maximum number of three overage players


29 April 2016 Deadline for lost list of players

1 June 2016 Provisional list (35 players)

14 July 2016 Final list (18 players + 4 Alternate or additional = 22)

Banyana Banyana Fixtures:

Wednesday 03 August

Sweden vs South Africa

Olympic Stadium

13h00 (18h00 SA Time)


Saturday 06 August

South Africa vs China

Olympic Stadium

19h00 (12h00 midnight SA Time)


Tuesday 09 August

South Africa vs Brazil

Amazonia Arena (Manaus)

21h00 (02h00 Wednesday, 10 Aug SA Time)

SA u23 Men’s Fixtures:

Thursday 4 August

Brazil vs SA – 4 Aug

Mane Garrincha Stadium


16h00 (21h00 SA Time)


Sunday 7 August

Denmark vs South Africa

Mane Garrincha Stadium


19h00 (02h00 Monday, 8 Aug SA Time)


Wednesday 10 August

South Africa vs Iraq

Corinthians Arena

Sao Paulo

22h00 (03h00 Thursday, 11 Aug SA Time)