Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

Women's Olympic Football tournament was held for the third time at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[1][2] The tournament featured 10 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 10 teams were drawn into two groups of three and one group of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Karaiskakis Stadium on August 26, 2004.

2004 Women's Olympic
football tournament
Tournament details
Host countryGreece
Dates11 – 26 August
Teams10 (from 6 confederations)
Final positions
Champions United States (2nd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Germany
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored55 (2.75 per match)
Attendance208,637 (10,432 per match)
Top scorer(s) Cristiane
Birgit Prinz (5 goals)

Qualification

This is the first Olympic women's football tournament whose participants in the finals are determined separately from FIFA Women's World Cup: each of the six continental confederations determines the teams playing the finals[3].

Seeding

Originally, the tournament was planned to form two groups of five teams in the group stage, then play a knockout stage by four teams (two top teams in each group).[4] The format is later changed: the tournament is to form three groups of three or four teams in the group stage, then play a knockout stage by eight teams (two top teams in each group and two best third-placed teams from three groups).[5]

Pot 1: Europe Pot 2: Americas Pot 3: Rest of the World

Squads

Final tournament

Key:

  • Teams highlighted in green went through to the knockout stages.

First round

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 21012203
 Nigeria 21012203
 Japan 21011103
Sweden 0–1 Japan
Report Arakawa  24'
Attendance: 10.104
Referee: Gaye (Senegal)

Japan 0–1 Nigeria
Report Okolo  55'
Attendance: 14.126
Referee: Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Sweden 2–1 Nigeria
Marklund  68'
Moström  73'
Report Akide  25'
Attendance: 21.597
Referee: de Oliveira (Brazil)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 2200100+106
 Mexico 201113−21
 China PR 201119−81
Germany 8–0 China PR
Prinz  13', 21', 73', 88'
Wunderlich  65'
Lingor  76' (pen.)
Pohlers  82'
Müller  90'
Report

China PR 1–1 Mexico
Ji  34' Report Domínguez  11'
Attendance: 5.112
Referee: Ionescu (Romania)

Germany 2–0 Mexico
Wimbersky  20'
Prinz  79'
Report
Attendance: 26.338
Referee: Szokolai (Hungary)

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 321061+57
 Brazil 320182+66
 Australia 31112204
 Greece 3003011−110
Greece 0–3 United States
Report Boxx  14'
Wambach  30'
Hamm  82'
Attendance: 15.757
Referee: Palmqvist (Sweden)

Brazil 1–0 Australia
Marta  36' Report

Greece 0–1 Australia
Report Garriock  27'
Attendance: 8.857
Referee: D'Coth (India)

United States 2–0 Brazil
Hamm  58' (pen.)
Wambach  77'
Report

Greece 0–7 Brazil
Report Pretinha  21'
Cristiane  46', 55', 77'
Grazielle  49'
Marta  70'
Daniela  72'
Attendance: 7.214
Referee: Frai (Germany)

United States 1–1 Australia
Lilly  19' Report Peters  82'
Attendance: 3.320
Referee: Ionescu (Romania)

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
August 20 – Patras
 
 
 Germany2
 
August 23 – Heraklio
 
 Nigeria1
 
 Germany1
 
August 20 – Thessaloniki
 
 United States2
 
 United States2
 
August 26 – Athens
 
 Japan1
 
 United States2
 
August 20 – Heraklio
 
 Brazil1
 
 Mexico0
 
August 23 – Patras
 
 Brazil5
 
 Sweden0
 
August 20 – Volos
 
 Brazil1 Bronze medal match
 
 Sweden2
 
August 26 – Athens
 
 Australia1
 
 Germany1
 
 
 Sweden0
 

Quarter finals

Germany 2–1 Nigeria
Jones  76'
Pohlers  81'
Report Akide  49'
Attendance: 2.531
Referee: D'Coth (India)

United States 2–1 Japan
Lilly  43'
Wambach  59'
Report Yamamoto  48'
Attendance: 1.418
Referee: de Oliveira (Brazil)

Mexico 0–5 Brazil
Report Cristiane  25', 49'
Formiga  29', 54'
Marta  60'
Attendance: 3.012
Referee: Gaye (Senegal)

Sweden 2–1 Australia
Ljungberg  25'
Larsson  30'
Report De Vanna  48'

Semi finals

United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Germany
Lilly  33'
O'Reilly  99'
Report Bachor  90+2'
Attendance: 5.165
Referee: Szokolai (Hungary)

Brazil 1–0 Sweden
Pretinha  64' Report
Attendance: 1.511
Referee: Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Bronze Medal match

Germany 1–0 Sweden
Lingor  17' Report
Attendance: 10,416

Gold Medal match

United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Brazil
Tarpley  39'
Wambach  112'
Report Pretinha  73'
Attendance: 10,416

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States (USA) 6510124+816
2  Brazil (BRA) 6402154+1112
3  Germany (GER) 5401143+1112
4  Sweden (SWE) 520345−16
5  Australia (AUS) 411234−14
6  Nigeria (NGR) 310234−13
7  Japan (JPN) 310223−13
8  Mexico (MEX) 301218−71
9  China (CHN) 201119−81
10  Greece (GRE) 3003011−110

Statistics

Goalscorers

With five goals, Cristiane of Brazil and Birgit Prinz of Germany are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 55 goals were scored by 33 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References

  1. "SI.com – Wambach gives U.S. veterans golden parting gift in extra time – Thursday August 26, 2004 7:26PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2004-08-26. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  2. "SI.com – Writers – Michael Silver: Fitting farewell for U.S. soccer's Fab Five – Friday August 27, 2004 2:55PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2004-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  3. "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004" (PDF). FIFA. p. 132. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. "Regulations of the Olympic Football Tournaments Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad Athens 2004" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2004. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. "Olympic Football Tournaments: FIFA Emergency Committee approves venue and kick-off time for men's Final as well as format for women's competition". FIFA. 28 July 2003. Archived from the original on 20 April 2004. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  6. Palmqvist was replaced by Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana) after 90 minutes due to dehydration
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