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. 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.
|Dates||11 – 26 August|
|Teams||10 (from 6 confederations)|
|Champions||United States (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||55 (2.75 per match)|
|Attendance||208,637 (10,432 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Cristiane|
Birgit Prinz (5 goals)
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.
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). 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).
|Pot 1: Europe||Pot 2: Americas||Pot 3: Rest of the World|
- Teams highlighted in green went through to the knockout stages.
|Prinz 13', 21', 73', 88'
Lingor 76' (pen.)
|Ji 34'||Report||Domínguez 11'|
|Hamm 58' (pen.)
Cristiane 46', 55', 77'
|August 20 – Patras|
|August 23 – Heraklio|
|August 20 – Thessaloniki|
|August 26 – Athens|
|August 20 – Heraklio|
|August 23 – Patras|
|August 20 – Volos|
|Brazil||1||Bronze medal match|
|August 26 – Athens|
|Report||Cristiane 25', 49'
Formiga 29', 54'
|Report||De Vanna 48'|
|United States||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Germany|
Bronze Medal matchEdit
Gold Medal matchEdit
|1||United States (USA)||6||5||1||0||12||4||+8||16|
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
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- Palmqvist was replaced by Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana) after 90 minutes due to dehydration