Rio Olympics the bonus for U21 semi-finalists

The semi-finalists at this month's U21 EURO will qualify for next summer's Olympic Games, though a play-off would be required should England reach the last four.

The Maracanã will be one of the venues for next summer's Olympics
The Maracanã will be one of the venues for next summer's Olympics ©Getty Images

The opportunity to play at next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is providing added inspiration at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic.

The four semi-finalists at the U21 EURO will automatically qualify for the Olympics as Europe's representatives.

Should England reach the last four, they will not take part in next summer's tournament. Instead, the two third-placed teams in the Czech Republic will contest a play-off on 28 June to take their place.

There has not been a European winner of the men's Olympic football tournament since Spain triumphed in Barcelona in 1992.

Europe's three representatives in the women's edition will be determined by the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

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