Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

A women's Olympic Football Tournament was held for the second time as part of the 2000 Summer Olympics.[1][2] The tournament features 8 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 8 teams are drawn into two groups of four and each group plays a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the semi-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Sydney Football Stadium on 28 September 2000.

Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates15 – 28 September
Teams8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Norway (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Germany
Fourth place Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored42 (2.63 per match)
Attendance326,215 (20,388 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sun Wen (4 goals)

Medal winners

Gold Silver Bronze
 Norway (NOR)
Gro Espeseth
Bente Nordby
Marianne Pettersen
Hege Riise
Kristin Bekkevold
Ragnhild Gulbrandsen
Solveig Gulbrandsen
Margunn Haugenes
Ingeborg Hovland
Christine Bøe Jensen
Silje Jørgensen
Monica Knudsen
Gøril Kringen
Anne Tønnessen
Unni Lehn
Dagny Mellgren
Anita Rapp
Brit Sandaune
Bente Kvitland
 United States (USA)
Brandi Chastain
Joy Fawcett
Julie Foudy
Mia Hamm
Michelle French
Kristine Lilly
Tiffeny Milbrett
Carla Overbeck
Cindy Parlow
Briana Scurry
Lorrie Fair
Shannon MacMillan
Siri Mullinix
Christie Pearce
Nikki Serlenga
Danielle Slaton
Kate Sobrero
Sara Whalen
 Germany (GER)
Ariane Hingst
Melanie Hoffmann
Steffi Jones
Renate Lingor
Maren Meinert
Sandra Minnert
Claudia Müller
Birgit Prinz
Silke Rottenberg
Kerstin Stegemann
Bettina Wiegmann
Tina Wunderlich
Nicole Brandebusemeyer
Nadine Angerer
Doris Fitschen
Jeannette Götte
Stefanie Gottschlich
Inka Grings


Three venues were used during the tournament, two of them outside of Sydney at cities around Australia. The Finals and the Gold Medal match were held at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney Melbourne Canberra
Sydney Football Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground Bruce Stadium
Capacity: 42,500 Capacity: 98,000 Capacity: 25,011


The seven best teams at the Women's World Cup in 1999 and the host nation Australia were automatically selected for the Olympic tournament. The following eight teams qualified for the 2000 Olympic women's football tournament:


Pot 1 Pot 2


Match officials

First round

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 330061+59
 Brazil 320153+26
 Sweden 30121431
 Australia 30122641
Australia 0 3 Germany
Report Grings 39'
Wiegmann 70'
Lingor 90+'
Attendance: 24,800
Referee: Bola Abidoye (Nigeria)

Sweden 0 2 Brazil
Report Pretinha 21'
Kátia 70'

Australia 1 1 Sweden
Salisbury 57' Report Andersson 66' (pen.)

Germany 2 1 Brazil
Prinz 33', 41' Report Raquel 72'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Martha Toro (Colombia)

Australia 1 2 Brazil
Hughes 33' Report Raquel 56'
Kátia 64'

Germany 1 0 Sweden
Hingst 88' Report

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 321062+47
 Norway 320154+16
 China PR 311154+14
 Nigeria 30033960
United States 2 0 Norway
Milbrett 18'
Hamm 24'

China PR 3 1 Nigeria
Zhao 12'
Sun 57', 83'
Report Nkwocha 85' (pen.)
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Martha Toro (Colombia)

United States 1 1 China PR
Foudy 38' Report Sun 67'

Norway 3 1 Nigeria
Mellgren 22'
Riise 62' (pen.)
Pettersen 90'+
Report Akide 78'
Attendance: 9,150

United States 3 1 Nigeria
Chastain 26'
Lilly 35'
MacMillan 56'
Report Akide 48'

Norway 2 1 China PR
Pettersen 55'
Haugenes 78'
Report Sun 75' (pen.)
Attendance: 11,532

Knockout stages

24 September - Sydney
28 September - Sydney
24 September - Canberra
 United States2
 United States1
Third place
28 September - Sydney


Germany 0 1 Norway
Report Wunderlich 80' (o.g.)

United States 1 0 Brazil
Hamm 60' Report
Attendance: 11,000

Bronze Medal match

Germany 2 0 Brazil
Lingor 64'
Prinz 79'

Gold Medal match

Norway 3 2 (a.e.t.) United States
Espeseth 44'
Gulbrandsen 78'
Mellgren 102'
Report Milbrett 5', 90+2'

FIFA Fair play award


With four goals, Sun Wen of China is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 42 goals were scored by 28 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Norway (NOR) 540196+312
2  United States (USA) 531195+410
3  Germany (GER) 540182+612
4  Brazil (BRA) 520356–16
5  China (CHN) 311154+14
6  Sweden (SWE) 301214-31
7  Australia (AUS) 301226–41
8  Nigeria (NGR) 300339–60


  1. "SYDNEY 2000: SOCCER; After a Wild, Intense Match, Norway Steals One From U.S. - New York Times". 29 September 2000. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. White, Joseph. "Norway Beats U.S. to Win Soccer Gold - ABC News". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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