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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 country China
Dates 6 August – 21 August
Teams 12 (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 played 26
Goals scored 64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance 740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Cristiane (5 goals)
2004
2012

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]

Contents

QualifyingEdit

 
Countries of women's tournament

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

Means of completion Date of completion Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation 1   China PR
AFC Preliminary Competition February 2007 – August 2007 2   Japan
  North Korea
CAF Preliminary Competition October 2006 – March 2008 1   Nigeria
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition October 2007 – April 2008   Ciudad Juárez 2   United States
  Canada
2006 Sudamericano Femenino November 10–26, 2006   Mar del Plata 1   Argentina
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying August 25 – September 7, 2007
March 8, 2008
  Apia
  Port Moresby
1   New Zealand
UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)* September 10–30, 2007   China 2*   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   Beijing 1   Brazil
TOTAL 12
  • 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.

SeedingEdit

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

SquadsEdit

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 officialsEdit

Group stageEdit

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 EEdit

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

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

China PR   2–0   Argentina
Han Duan   52'
Gu Yasha   90'
Report

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

Group FEdit

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'

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

Group GEdit

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.)

Norway   2–0   United States
Larsen Kaurin   2'
Wiik   4'
Report

United States   1–0   Japan
Lloyd   27' Report

New Zealand   0–1   Norway
Report Wiik   8'

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 teamsEdit

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

Knockout stageEdit

  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-finalsEdit

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.)
Attendance: 26,174
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)

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

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

Semi-finalsEdit

Brazil   4–1   Germany
Formiga   43'
Cristiane   49'76'
Marta   53'
Report Prinz   10'
Attendance: 26,976

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

Bronze medal matchEdit

  Germany   2–0   Japan
Bajramaj   68'87' Report
Attendance: 49,285

Gold medal matchEdit

  Brazil   0–1 (a.e.t.)   United States  
Report Lloyd   96'
Attendance: 51,612

Final rankingEdit

Rank 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
  Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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