Sport week: Football 5-a-side venue at Rio 2016

The sport will be contested in the Olympic Tennis Centre during the Paralympic Games. 13 May 2016
The Olympic Tennis Centre hosted the first competition in Barra Olympic Park.

The Olympic Tennis Centre hosted the first competition in Barra Olympic Park in December 2015.

ⒸRio City Government/Ricardo Sette Camara
By Rafael Mendoza | For the IPC

The Rio 2016 football 5-a-side tournament will take place at the Olympic Tennis Centre, one of the nine venues that are located in the Barra Olympic Park – the heart of the Games.

Eight teams, divided into two groups of four, will compete at Rio 2016 between 9-17 September. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Group A: Brazil, Iran, Morocco and Turkey

Group B: Argentina, China, Mexico and Russia

During the Paralympic Games, the Olympic Tennis Centre will also host the wheelchair tennis events.

The centre court has a capacity of 10,000 seats and was named after former Brazilian tennis player Maria Esther Bueno, who won 19 Grand Slams.

Another two courts have temporary 5,000 and 3,000 seats, respectively. The centre also boasts seven competition courts and six warm-up courts.

After the Games, this venue will be part of the new Olympic Training Centre, which will provide top-level facilities for promising players.

Editor’s note: Each sport on the Rio 2016 Paralympic programme will have a dedicated week of featured content published on Every week a new sport will be featured and the series will run until September’s Games, helping the public understand more about the 22 sports being contested in Rio.


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.