By Michael Lewis
Probably by the end of this week or at the start of next week, we’ll know the fortunate 18 players and four alternates who will represent the USA at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics (aka the 2021 Tokyo Olympics).
That announcement most likely will garner many headlines throughout the internet and in some newspapers.
While we’re waiting for that bit of news, I thought we could look ahead to the Summer Games in Japan.
So, consider this as a public service to fans of the U.S. women’s national team:
You need to go to sleep early the night before the USA plays.
Due to the 13-hour time difference between Japan and the U.S., games are not going to be held at the traditional hours of the afternoon or night games back here in the states.
Fans in the Eastern time zone will be affected the most. Supporters out west might not to stay up for those matches, depending on their personal schedules and body clocks.
Here are the group stage matches:
* On July 21, the Americans kick off their tournament against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo at 4:30 a.m. ET.
* On July 24, the USWNT will meet New Zealand at Saitama Stadium in Saitama at 7:30 a.m. ET.
* And on July 27, the USA will take on Australia at 4 a.m. ET.
The knockout round games will follow suit.
Like I said, get ready to go to sleep early and get up early.
And even looking further ahead to 2024
Before you know it, qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be upon us. And barring another pandemic, the 2024 Olympic soccer tournament will be held.
Paris is the host of the Summer Games, but not all the soccer games will be in the French capital. Furthering the tradition of utilizing satellite venues, the Paris Games are slated to have seven cities hosting matches for the men’s and women’s tournaments. Tokyo 2020 also will have seven venues.
In December 2020, the International Olympic Committee has given its approval to hold matches in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Etienne. FIFA still must give its stamp of approval.
And in case you were wondering, the 2024 Paris Games is set for July 26 to Aug. 11.