• Issue: March 1968
  • Designer: E. Weishoff
  • Plate no.: 199
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Method of printing: Photolithography

From March 17 to April 4, 1968, Israel served as host to the Third House of the Asia Region, which held its pre-Olympic Football Tournament in Israel under the distinguished patronage of Levi Eshkol, prime minister of Israel. All arrangements were made by the Israel Football Association.

In addition to Israel, the teams included Iran, Burma, India, Ceylon, and North Korea.

The matches were organized in League fashion (each team playing each of its partners twice). The team that collected the greatest number of points in the Games (two points for a win, one point for a tie) participated in the Football Finals at the Olympic Games in Mexico, as one of the 16 national teams appearing there.

Two teams automatically participated in the Olympiad Finals, namely Mexico, as host country, and Hungary, the Olympic champion. The remaining places in the Finals were allocated as follows: Continent of Asia - 3 places; Continent of Europe - 4 places; Continent of Africa -3 places; South America - 2 places; North and Central America - 2 places.

The football (soccer ball) appearing on the stamp is made up of national flags. The motif on the tab is the Olympic emblem and a football (soccer ball).

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Pre-Olympic Football Tournament