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 26 August 2004.

2004 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
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Tournament details
Host countryGreece
Dates11–26 August
Teams10 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
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)Brazil Cristiane
Germany Birgit Prinz
(5 goals each)
Fair play award Japan
 Sweden
2000
2008

QualificationEdit

Several qualification tournaments were held to determine the participating nations.[3]

VenuesEdit

The tournament was held in five venues across five cities:

SeedingEdit

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

SquadsEdit

Match officialsEdit

Group stageEdit

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).

Key:

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

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Nigeria 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3   Japan 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
Sweden  0–1  Japan
Report Arakawa   24'
Attendance: 10.104
Referee: Gaye (Senegal)

Japan  0–1  Nigeria
Report Okolo   55'
Attendance: 14.126

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

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 6 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Mexico 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
3   China 2 0 1 1 1 9 −8 1
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 (Australia)

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Brazil 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
3   Australia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4   Greece 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11 0
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)

Ranking of third-placed teams from groups of threeEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Japan 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
  China PR 2 0 1 1 1 9 −8 1

Knockout stageEdit

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

Quarter-finalsEdit

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'
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-finalsEdit

United States  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Germany
Lilly   33'
O'Reilly   99'
Report Bachor   90+2'
Attendance: 5.165
Referee: Szokolai (Australia)
Brazil  1–0  Sweden
Pretinha   64' Report

Bronze medal matchEdit

Germany  1–0  Sweden
Lingor   17' Report

Gold medal matchEdit

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

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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.

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Source: FIFA[3]

AssistsEdit

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA[3]

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.[3]

Pos Team Pts
1   Japan 857
  Sweden 857
3   Australia 843
4   China PR 815
5   Germany 811
6   Nigeria 781
7   Brazil 772
8   United States 762
9   Greece 752
10   Mexico 686

Tournament rankingEdit

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 G   United States 6 5 1 0 12 4 +8 16 Gold medal
2 G   Brazil 6 4 0 2 15 4 +11 12 Silver medal
3 F   Germany 5 4 0 1 14 3 +11 12 Bronze medal
4 E   Sweden 5 2 0 3 4 5 −1 6 Fourth place
5 G   Australia 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 E   Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
7 E   Japan 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
8 F   Mexico 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1
9 F   China PR 2 0 1 1 1 9 −8 1 Eliminated in
group stage
10 G   Greece (H) 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11 0
Source: FIFA[3]
(H) Host

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Palmqvist was replaced by Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana) after 90 minutes due to dehydration.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SI.com – Wambach gives U.S. veterans golden parting gift in extra time – Thursday August 26, 2004 7:26PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ "SI.com – Writers – Michael Silver: Fitting farewell for U.S. soccer's Fab Five – Friday August 27, 2004 2:55PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e Report and Statistics – Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 (PDF). FIFA. Zürich. 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  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.

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