Soccer has been part of the Olympic Games for way over a century, but it isn’t the most acclaimed of global competitions when it comes to the sport.

Even so, there is an interesting history behind soccer at the Olympics.

Here are 15 surprising facts to get you in the mood for Rio…


1. There Was Originally No Soccer Tournament At The Olympics

When the Olympic Games first came about in 1896, soccer was nowhere to be seen. It made its debut four years later in 1900 when Great Britain were represented by Upton Park FC.

2. Countries Didn’t Begin Entering Until 1908

Amateur clubs used to play on a country’s behalf before this.