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Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

The 1996 Summer Olympics—based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States—marked the first time that women participated in the Olympic association football tournament.[2][3] The tournament featured eight women's national teams from four continental confederations. The teams were drawn into two groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament (which was held in Miami, Orlando, Birmingham and Washington, D.C.). At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage (which was held at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia), beginning with the semi-finals and culminating with the gold medal match on August 1, 1996.

Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJuly 21 – August 1
Teams8 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States[1] (1st title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place Norway
Fourth place Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored53 (3.31 per match)
Attendance691,762 (43,235 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
Norway Linda Medalen
Brazil Pretinha (4 goals)
2000

Competition scheduleEdit

G Group stage ½ Semifinals B 3rd place play-off F Final
Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri 26 Sat 27 Sun 28 Mon 29 Tue 30 Wed 31 Thu 1
G G G ½ B F

QualificationEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the 1996 Olympics football tournament:

VenuesEdit

The tournament was held in five venues across five cities:

SquadsEdit

Match officialsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   China PR 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7 Semi-finals
2   United States (H) 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
3   Sweden 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   Denmark 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
United States  3–0  Denmark
Venturini   37'
Hamm   41'
Milbrett   49'
Report (FIFA)
Sweden  0–2  China PR
Report (FIFA) Shi Guihong   31'
Zhao Lihong   32'
Attendance: 46,724[5]

United States  2–1  Sweden
Venturini   15'
MacMillan   62'
Report (FIFA) Overbeck   64' (o.g.)
Attendance: 28,000[6]
Referee: Bente Ovedie Skogvang (Norway)
Denmark  1–5  China PR
Madsen   55' Report (FIFA) Shi Guihong   10'
Liu Ailing   49'
Sun Qingmei   29'59'
Fan Yunjie   36'
Attendance: 34,871[7]

United States  0–0  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 55,650[8]
Denmark  1–3  Sweden
Jensen   90' Report (FIFA) Swedberg   62'68'
Videkull   76'

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 7 Semi-finals
2   Brazil 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
3   Germany 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
4   Japan 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Germany  3–2  Japan
Wiegmann   5'
Tomei   29' (o.g.)
Mohr   52'
Report (FIFA) Kioka   18'
Noda   33'
Attendance: 44,211[10]
Norway  2–2  Brazil
Medalen   32'
Aarønes   68'
Report (FIFA) Pretinha   57'89'

Brazil  2–0  Japan
Kátia   68'
Pretinha   78'
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 26,111[12]
Norway  3–2  Germany
Aarønes   5'
Medalen   34'
Riise   65'
Report (FIFA) Wiegmann   32'
Prinz   62'

Brazil  1–1  Germany
Sissi   53' Report (FIFA) Wunderlich   4'
Attendance: 28,319[14]
Norway  4–0  Japan
Pettersen   25'86'
Medalen   60'
Tangeraas   74'
Report (FIFA)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
July 28 – Athens, Georgia
 
 
  China PR3
 
August 1 – Athens
 
  Brazil2
 
  China PR1
 
July 28 – Athens, Georgia
 
  United States2
 
  Norway1
 
 
  United States (AET)2
 
Third place
 
 
August 1 – Athens
 
 
  Brazil0
 
 
  Norway2

Semi finalsEdit

China PR  3–2  Brazil
Qingmei   5'
Haiying   83'90'
Report Roseli   67'
Pretinha   72'
Attendance: 64,196
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)

Norway  1–2 (a.e.t)  United States
Medalen   18' Report Akers   76' (pen)
MacMillan   100'
Attendance: 64,196
Referee: Sonia Denoncourt (Canada)

Bronze medal matchEdit

Brazil  0–2  Norway
Report Aarønes   21'25'
Attendance: 76,489
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)

Gold medal matchEdit

China PR  1–2  United States
Wen   32' Report MacMillan   19'
Milbrett   68'
Attendance: 76,489
Referee: Bente Ovedie Skogvang (Norway)

FIFA Fair play awardEdit

GoalscorersEdit

With four goals, Pretinha of Brazil, Ann Kristin Aarønes and Linda Medalen of Norway are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 53 goals were scored by 33 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   United States (USA) 5 4 1 0 9 3 +6 13
2   China (CHN) 5 3 1 1 11 5 +6 10
3   Norway (NOR) 5 3 1 1 12 6 +6 10
4   Brazil (BRA) 5 1 2 2 7 8 –1 5
5   Germany (GER) 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
6   Sweden (SWE) 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 3
7   Japan (JPN) 3 0 0 3 2 9 –7 0
8   Denmark (DEN) 3 0 0 3 2 11 –9 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Gold". WashingtonPost.com. August 2, 1996. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  2. ^ GEORGE VECSEYPublished: August 2, 1996 (August 2, 1996). "Women's Soccer: 76,481 Fans, 1 U.S. Gold - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Women Sports Get a Boost - New York Times". Nytimes.com. September 20, 1993. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "USA - Denmark". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sweden - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "USA - Sweden". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Denmark - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "USA - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Denmark - Sweden". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "Germany - Japan". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Norway - Brazil". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Brazil - Japan". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Norway - Germany". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Brazil - Germany". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Norway - Germany". FIFA. Retrieved June 14, 2019.

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