March 10 - Britain could field a football team made up entirely of English players at the 2012 London Olympics, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said again today during a debate on the subject in the House of Commons.
March 18 - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (pictured) today claimed the row over a British football team at the 2012 Olympics showed why his country should be independent.
March 20 - England deserves to host the 2018 World Cup, Mohamed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), has said.
JUNE 27 - NORTHERN IRELAND football hero David Healy (pictured) is to join a new group to advise the Province's Government on maximising opportunities presented by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was announced today.
MAY 13 - STUART PEARCE (pictured), the former Manchester City and current England under-21 manager, has today been appointed by the Football Association as their chief adviser for the 2012 Olympics.
AUGUST 19 - STUART PEARCE (pictured), the former England captain, has made it clear that he wants to manage Britain's controversial football team at the 2012 Olympics.
FEBRUARY 1 - FIFA PRESIDENT Sepp Blatter (pictured) wants to lower the age limit for the Olympic soccer tournament and ban the addition of three over-23 players, he said today.
In an interview published today by the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Blatter said there is a movement to at least keep under-23 teams in the competition, but that he would rather see only under-21 squads playing.
He told the newspaper: "For me, the logic is to have the best 20-year-olds.
"Those who played in the under-20 World Cup the odd year preceding the Olympic Games."
But his latest plan appears to contradict what he said last year when he claimed he wanted he wanted older players like Steven Gerrard and Kaka to be allowed to take part.
National squads can currently take up to three players over the age of 23 to the Olympics, but clubs can refuse under FIFA rules to let older players take part.
Blatter, in Brazil accompanying FIFA's inspection of the cities bidding to host the 2014 World Cup, said that even if the limit is kept at 23, teams will not be able to use the three overage players anymore.
He said: "The Olympic Games are for the youth.
"We should play them with the younsters.
"Although the limit of 23 years gives us a better quality of football, it is bad to keep adding up to three players above this limit. It's illogical.
"We are going to abolish that."
Blatter said FIFA had planned to ban overage players from the Beijing Games last year, but that it made an exception after a request by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.
Last year's Olympics were beset by controversy after clubs refused to release their players to participate in the tournament, citing a conflict with other competitions.
The situation was resolved just days before the competition.
He said soccer's governing body will discuss the issue in March and could reach a final decision at its annual congress in May.
FEBRUARY 5 - CRAIG BROWN (picured), the former Scotland manager, has today claimed that the Olympic football tournament is just a "Mickey Mouse" event that means nothing.
He said: "It's [the Olympics] basically a Mickey Mouse tournament.
DECEMBER 12 - THREE of Britain's four national soccer team managers today backed a united team for the 2012 London Olympics.
NOVEMBER 16 - TIME is "rapidly running out" for a football club to stake their claim to move to the Olympic Stadium a fter the 2012 Games, a senior London official warned during a visit to Barcelona today.
OCTOBER 5 - SCOTLAND manager Walter Smith (pictured) has reiterated his support for a British football team at the London Olympics in 2012 despite his own national association claiming they want nothing to do with it.
SEPTEMBER 15 - SEBASTIAN COE (pictured) is the shock choice to be the first chairman of FIFA's new independent Ethics Commission.
SEPTEMBER 29 - THE British Olympic Association are to press ahead with plans to field British football teams at future Games, including in London in 2012, despite opposition from the Scottish and Welsh Football Associations.
MAY 11 – FOOTBALL has been warned again that it faces being dropped from the 2012 London Olympics unless it agrees to implement a worldwide code on doping that has been ratified by nearly every other major sport and Government.