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 26 August 2004.
|Teams||10 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||United States (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||55 (2.75 per match)|
|Attendance||208,637 (10,432 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Cristiane|
(5 goals each)
|Fair play award|| Japan|
Several qualification tournaments were held to determine the participating nations.
The tournament was held in five venues across five cities:
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|
Competing countries were divided into three groups: two containing three teams (groups E and F) and one containing four teams (group G). Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin. The top two teams of each group advanced to the knockout stage, along with the third-placed team from the four-team group (group G) and the better-ranked third-placed team from the three-team groups (groups E and F).
- Teams highlighted in green went through to the knockout stages.
|1||Sweden||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||3||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|1||Germany||2||2||0||0||10||0||+10||6||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Prinz 13', 21', 73', 88'
Lingor 76' (pen.)
|Ji 34'||Report||Domínguez 11'|
|1||United States||3||2||1||0||6||1||+5||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Hamm 58' (pen.)
Cristiane 46', 55', 77'
|Lilly 19'||Report||Peters 82'|
Ranking of third-placed teams from groups of threeEdit
|20 August – Patras|
|23 August – Heraklio|
|20 August – Thessaloniki|
|26 August – Athens|
|20 August – Heraklio|
|23 August – Patras|
|20 August – Volos|
|Brazil||1||Bronze medal match|
|26 August – 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
There were 55 goals scored in 20 matches, for an average of 2.75 goals per match. Cristiane of Brazil and Birgit Prinz of Germany finished as the top scorers of the tournament, with each scoring five goals.
- Lisa De Vanna
- Heather Garriock
- Joanne Peters
- Ji Ting
- Isabell Bachor
- Steffi Jones
- Martina Müller
- Petra Wimbersky
- Pia Wunderlich
- Eriko Arakawa
- Emi Yamamoto
- Maribel Domínguez
- Vera Okolo
- Sara Larsson
- Hanna Ljungberg
- Hanna Marklund
- Malin Moström
- Shannon Boxx
- Heather O'Reilly
- Lindsay Tarpley
FIFA Fair Play AwardEdit
Japan and Sweden won the FIFA Fair Play Award, given to the team with the best record of fair play during the tournament. Every match in the tournament was taken into account, though only teams that played at least three matches were eligible to win the award.
|1||G||United States||6||5||1||0||12||4||+8||16||Gold medal|
|9||F||China PR||2||0||1||1||1||9||−8||1||Eliminated in|
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