Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

The women's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in China from 6 August to 21 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their full women's national teams.

2008 Women's Olympic
football tournament
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates6 August – 21 August
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (3rd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Germany
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s) Cristiane (5 goals)

For these Games, the women competed in a 12-team tournament. Preliminary matches commenced on 6 August, two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The teams were grouped into three pools of four teams each for a round-robin preliminary round. The top two teams in each pool, as well as the best two third-place finishing teams, advanced to an eight-team single-elimination bracket.

The tournament was won by the United States, which beat Brazil 1–0 in the gold medal game. Carli Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute for the United States, which collected their third Olympic gold medal.[1][2]

Qualifying

A National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team for the football competition.

Means of completionDate of completionVenueBerthsQualified
Host nation1 China PR
AFC Preliminary CompetitionFebruary 2007 – August 20072 Japan
 North Korea
CAF Preliminary CompetitionOctober 2006 – March 20081 Nigeria
CONCACAF Preliminary CompetitionOctober 2007 – April 2008 Ciudad Juárez2 United States
 Canada
2006 Sudamericano FemeninoNovember 10–26, 2006 Mar del Plata1 Argentina
OFC Women's Olympic QualifyingAugust 25 – September 7, 2007
March 8, 2008
Apia
Port Moresby
1 New Zealand
UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)*September 10–30, 2007 China2* Germany
 Norway
UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden)November 8, 2007
November 28, 2007
Viborg
Solna
1* Sweden
CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil)April 19, 2008 Beijing1 Brazil
TOTAL12
  • Note – The three best ranked European teams at the FIFA Women's World Cup qualified for the Olympics. However, the third best team England could not participate, because England competes at the Olympic Games as part of Great Britain, which does not compete in football. Therefore, the fourth European team would advance, requiring a play-off between Sweden and Denmark.

Seeding

Pot 1: Asia Pot 2: Americas Pot 3: Europe Pot 4: Rest of the World

Squads

The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players by 23 July 2008. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional alternate goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.

Match officials

Group stage

Group winners and runners-up, plus two best third place teams advanced to quarter final round. Groups are lettered sequentially from the last letter in the Men's Football tournament (which has Groups A through D).

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2  Sweden 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3  Canada 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4  Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 5 4 0
Source:
Argentina 1–2 Canada
Manicler  85' Report Chapman  27'
Lang  72'

China PR 2–1 Sweden
Xu Yuan  6'
Han Duan  72'
Report Schelin  38'

Sweden 1–0 Argentina
Fischer  57' Report
Attendance: 38,293
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Canada 1–1 China PR
Sinclair  34' Report Xu Yuan  36'


Sweden 2–1 Canada
Schelin  19', 51' Report Tancredi  63'

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2  Germany 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
3  North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 3
4  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 5 4 0
Source:
Germany 0–0 Brazil
Report
Attendance: 20,703
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)

North Korea 1–0 Nigeria
Kim Kyong-hwa  27' Report

Nigeria 0–1 Germany
Report Stegemann  65'

Brazil 2–1 North Korea
Daniela  14'
Marta  23'
Report Ri Kum-suk  90'
Attendance: 19,616
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)

North Korea 0–1 Germany
Report Mittag  86'
Attendance: 12,387
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Nigeria 1–3 Brazil
Nkwocha  19' (pen.) Report Cristiane  34', 35', 45+3'

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2  Norway 3 2 0 1 4 5 1 6
3  Japan 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
4  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 2 7 5 1
Source:
Japan 2–2 New Zealand
Miyama  72' (pen.)
Sawa  86'
Report Yallop  37'
Hearn  56' (pen.)
Attendance: 10,270
Referee: Deidre Mitchell (South Africa)



New Zealand 0–1 Norway
Report Wiik  8'
Attendance: 7,285
Referee: Estela Alvarez (Argentina)

Norway 1–5 Japan
Knutsen  27' Report Kinga  31'
Følstad  51' (o.g.)
Ohno  52'
Sawa  71'
Hara  83'

United States 4–0 New Zealand
O'Reilly  1'
Rodriguez  43'
Tarpley  56'
Hucles  60'
Report

Ranking of third-placed teams

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
 Canada 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 3
Source:

Knockout stage

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
                           
  F1  Brazil 2  
G2  Norway 1  
  F1  Brazil 4  
  F2  Germany 1  
E2  Sweden 0
  F2  Germany 2  
    F1  Brazil 0
  G1  United States 1
  E1  China PR 0  
G3  Japan 2  
  G3  Japan 2 Bronze medal match
  G1  United States 4  
G1  United States 2 F2  Germany 2
  E3  Canada 1   G3  Japan 0

Quarter-finals

United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Canada
Hucles  12'
Kai  101'
Report Sinclair  30'
Attendance: 26,129

Brazil 2–1 Norway
Daniela  43'
Marta  57'
Report Nordby  83' (pen.)

Sweden 0–2 (a.e.t.) Germany
Report Garefrekes  104'
Laudehr  115'

China PR 0–2 Japan
Report Sawa  15'
Nagasato  80'

Semi-finals

Brazil 4–1 Germany
Formiga  43'
Cristiane  49', 76'
Marta  53'
Report Prinz  10'

United States 4–2 Japan
Hucles  41', 80'
Chalupny  44'
O'Reilly  70'
Report Ohno  16'
Arakawa  90+3'
Attendance: 50,937

Bronze medal match

Germany 2–0 Japan
Bajramaj  68', 87' Report
Attendance: 49,285
Referee: Estela Álvarez (Argentina)

Gold medal match

Brazil 0–1 (a.e.t.) United States
Report Lloyd  96'

Final ranking

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States (USA) 6 5 0 1 12 5 +7 15
2  Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
3  Germany (GER) 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13
4  Japan (JPN) 6 2 1 3 11 10 +1 7
5  China (CHN) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
6  Sweden (SWE) 4 2 0 2 4 5 1 6
7  Norway (NOR) 4 2 0 2 5 7 2 6
8  Canada (CAN) 4 1 1 2 5 6 1 4
9  North Korea (PRK) 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 3
10  New Zealand (NZL) 3 0 1 2 2 7 5 1
11  Argentina (ARG) 3 0 0 3 1 5 4 0
11  Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 5 4 0
Source:

Statistics

Goalscorers

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References

  1. Homewood, Brian (2008-08-22). "U.S. retain gold against Brazil in women's soccer | Reuters". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  2. Homewood, Brian (2008-08-19). "Brazil seek first major title in women's soccer". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
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