Some 26 teams are poised to do battle in the Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. The Greek midsummer heat is bound to bring the 10 women's and 16 men's teams out in a sweat, and the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) will be hard at work too. Their task will be to analyse each and every match, pinpointing technical excellence and recording the latest advances and developments in the world's favourite game.
The group is headed by Holger Osieck, Head of FIFA's Technical department and Tatjana Haenni, who is responsible for the women's game. TSG members will note details of the matches in both tournaments and collect statistical data, later to appear in a "Technical Report" which summarises the most important conclusions. The report will be sent to all national associations and made available to the game's specialists around the world.
FIFA has collected extensive statistical reports at all its major tournaments since the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ in England. Joseph S. Blatter, responsible for development at the time and now FIFA President, established the TSG in its current form in 1980.
The TSG's remit includes detecting trends, changes and tactical developments in the game and communicating these to member associations. Coaches receive an overview of the worldwide development of the game, together with analysis and information about other teams.
Hasan Al-Sabah (BHR): Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Coaching Development Director
Aristotelis Batakis (GRE): Greek Football Association (HFF) Coaching Development Director
Sylvie Béliveau (CAN): Coached Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden in 1995. Currently employed by the Canadian Football Association
Bwalya Kalusha (ZAM): Zambia's living football legend, Bwalya played in Belgium, Holland and Mexico under a who's who of the best coaches in the game. He recently became Zambia's national team coach.
Tatjana Haenni (SUI): Former Swiss international, responsible for women's football at FIFA
Fran Hilton-Smith (RSA): One of the best qualified coaches in all South African football, she has spent five years coaching the women's senior and U-19 team
Holger Osieck (GER): Head of FIFA's Technical department, he was assistant coach for Germany's triumphant 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy™ team, and later coached the Canada national side
Jim Selby (AUS): Australian Football Association National Coaching and Development Manager