Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Sports Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972
Format: Six-person teams. Each gymnast to perform a compulsory and an optional exercise on all six apparatuses. Top five scores per team on each of the 12 exercises count towards the team score.
As in 1960-68, Japan won this gold medal over the Soviet Union, winning even more easily in 1972. Japan won the team all-around gold medal at every Olympics from 1960-76, missing the 1980 Olympics because of the USA-led boycott. The German Democratic Republic (East) was the bronze medalist in Mexico City. The podium for this event was the same every year from 1964-76, as it had been at the 1966 and 1970 World Championships.