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.
|Dates||6 August – 21 August|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||United States (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||64 (2.46 per match)|
|Attendance||740,014 (28,462 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Cristiane (5 goals)|
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.
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
|CAF Preliminary Competition||October 2006 – March 2008||–||1||Nigeria|
|CONCACAF Preliminary Competition||October 2007 – April 2008||Ciudad Juárez||2|| United States
|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
|UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)*||September 10–30, 2007||China||2*|| Germany
|UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden)||November 8, 2007
November 28, 2007
|CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil)||April 19, 2008||Beijing||1||Brazil|
- 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.
|Pot 1: Asia||Pot 2: Americas||Pot 3: Europe||Pot 4: Rest of the World|
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.
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).
|1||China PR||3||2||1||0||5||2||+3||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Manicler 85'||Report||Chapman 27'
|Xu Yuan 6'
Han Duan 72'
|Sinclair 34'||Report||Xu Yuan 36'|
|Han Duan 52'
Gu Yasha 90'
|Schelin 19', 51'||Report||Tancredi 63'|
|1||Brazil||3||2||1||0||5||2||+3||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Kim Kyong-hwa 27'||Report|
|Report||Ri Kum-suk 90'|
|Nkwocha 19' (pen.)||Report||Cristiane 34', 35', 45+3'|
|1||United States||3||2||0||1||5||2||+3||6||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Miyama 72' (pen.)
Hearn 56' (pen.)
|Larsen Kaurin 2'
|Knutsen 27'||Report||Kinga 31'
Følstad 51' (o.g.)
|United States||4–0||New Zealand|
Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Gold medal match|
|G3||Japan||2||Bronze medal match|
|United States||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Canada|
|Report||Nordby 83' (pen.)|
Cristiane 49', 76'
|Hucles 41', 80'
Bronze medal matchEdit
|Bajramaj 68', 87'||Report|
Gold medal matchEdit
|1||United States (USA)||6||5||0||1||12||5||+7||15|
|9||North Korea (PRK)||3||1||0||2||2||3||−1||3|
|10||New Zealand (NZL)||3||0||1||2||2||7||−5||1|
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Gunhild Følstad (playing against Japan)
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