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Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

QualificationsEdit

A total of twelve teams will participate in the finals of the Olympic tournament for women. These finalists were:[1]

Confederation/Region Berths Qualified Teams
Host nation (automatically qualified) 1
UEFA (Europe) 3
CONMEBOL (South America) 1
CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) 2
CAF (Africa) 1
AFC (Asia) 2
OFC (Oceania) 1
Inter-continental play-off (CAF-CONMEBOL) 1

UEFA (Europe)Edit

UEFA announced that the 2007 Women's World Cup in the People's Republic of China will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics. Originally it was thought that, should England make the top three European teams, they would compete under the United Kingdom banner. However, on 6 September 2007, FIFA issued a press release indicating that England are ineligible to participate in the 2008 Olympics as England does not have its own Olympic Committee[2].

As the result of the World Cup, Germany (winners) and Norway (fourth place) qualified for the Olympics, while Sweden and Denmark (both eliminated in the group stage) qualified for the play-off. There has been some further confusion over the identity of the UEFA qualifiers stemming from conflicting media releases from UEFA and FIFA. The FIFA release noted that "teams eliminated at the end of the group phase will have the same ranking irrespective of their position, number of points or goal differences"[2], which implies that Sweden and Denmark will require a playoff for the final qualification spot. While UEFA initially stated that no playoff was required [2][dead link], this was amended fairly rapidly [3][dead link].

Olympic play-offEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Denmark   3–7   Sweden 2–4 1–3

Denmark  2–4  Sweden
Sørensen   31'
Pape   73'
report (UEFA)
report (Danish FA)
Landström   30'
Schelin   46'65'
Seger   49'
Sweden  3–1  Denmark
Schelin   43'
Svensson   45'74'
report (UEFA)
report (Danish FA)
Sørensen   80'
Attendance: 4,078

Sweden won 7–3 on aggregate and qualified for the Olympics.


CONMEBOL (South America)Edit

CONMEBOL announced that the 2006 Sudamericano Femenino in Argentina would also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics. Argentina won the tournament, and qualified for the Olympics. The runners-up Brazil advanced to the inter-continental play-off.

CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean)Edit

Central AmericaEdit

Two home and away series will be played, with the winners moving on to the final round. The first leg will play on October 6, 2007. The second leg will play on October 13, 2007. The winners of the ties will play in the decisive final round on October 20 and October 27, 2007.[3]

Panama withdrew from their scheduled match against Costa Rica, so Costa Rica advance to the 2nd Round where they will play the winner of El Salvador v Nicaragua.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
El Salvador   1–5   Nicaragua 1–2 0–3
Nicaragua   0–9   Costa Rica 0–3 0–6

CaribbeanEdit

The system is a two round single round robin format, in October. Four groups will play the first round (3 groups of 4 and one group of 3), with the winners moving on to a second round group.

Group 1 (in Suriname)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 3 0 0 19 1 +18 9
  Suriname 3 2 0 1 17 6 +11 6
  Grenada 3 1 0 2 4 13 −9 3
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 0 3 2 22 −20 0

October 2, 2007

Trinidad and Tobago   9–0   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname   6–1   Grenada

October 4, 2007

Trinidad and Tobago   6–0   Grenada
Suriname   10–1   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

October 7, 2007

Grenada   3–1   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname   1–4   Trinidad and Tobago

Group 2 (in Dominican Republic)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Cuba 3 3 0 0 37 1 +36 9
  Dominican Republic 3 2 0 1 22 2 +20 6
  U.S. Virgin Islands 3 1 0 2 5 18 −13 3
  British Virgin Islands 3 0 0 2 0 43 −43 0

October 3, 2007

Dominican Republic   4–0   U.S. Virgin Islands
Cuba   21–0   British Virgin Islands

October 5, 2007

Cuba   14–0   U.S. Virgin Islands
Dominican Republic   17–0   British Virgin Islands

October 7, 2007

U.S. Virgin Islands   5–0   British Virgin Islands
Dominican Republic   1–2   Cuba

Group 3 (in Antigua and Barbuda)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Jamaica 3 3 0 0 24 0 +24 9
  Bermuda 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6
  Antigua and Barbuda 3 1 0 2 3 16 −13 3
  Dominica 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0

October 3, 2007

Jamaica   4–0   Bermuda
Antigua and Barbuda   3–0   Dominica

October 5, 2007

Bermuda   8–0   Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda   0–12   Jamaica

October 7, 2007

Jamaica   8–0   Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda   0–4   Bermuda

Group 4 (in Cayman Islands)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Puerto Rico 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
  Haiti 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
  Cayman Islands 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0

October 24, 2007

Cayman Islands   0–4   Puerto Rico

October 26, 2007

Haiti   0–1   Puerto Rico

October 28, 2007

Cayman Islands   2–3   Haiti

Second RoundEdit

The 4 remaining teams were drawn into 2 pairings. The winners of each tie will progress to the CONCACAF Finals. Both Puerto Rico v Trinidad & Tobago matches will be played in Puerto Rico on 23 & 25 November 2007. Cuba will play both legs at home against Jamaica on 29 November and 1 December 2007, with the second match counting as Jamaica's home match for away goals purposes.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Puerto Rico   2–2*   Trinidad and Tobago 1–2 1–0
Cuba   0–3   Jamaica 0–1 0–2
  • Note – Trinidad & Tobago qualify for the CONCACAF Finals on away goals. Even though they played both matches away from home, the 2nd Leg was treated as the home leg for Trinidad & Tobago. Puerto Rico scored one goal compared to Trinidad & Tobago's two in the first game, and so Trinidad & Tobago progress.

Final RoundEdit

6 teams will qualify for the final round.[3] The final round will be held at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, from April 2–13. The draw was held at 11:00 am (EST) on February 25.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
  Mexico 2 1 0 1 9 4 +5 3
  Jamaica 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13 0

April 2, 2008

Mexico   8–1   Jamaica

April 4, 2008

United States   6–0   Jamaica

April 6, 2008

Mexico   1–3   United States

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Canada 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6
  Costa Rica 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 2 8 −6 1

April 2, 2008

Trinidad and Tobago   0–6   Canada

April 4, 2008

Costa Rica   2–2   Trinidad and Tobago

April 6, 2008

Canada   1–0   Costa Rica

Semifinals/QualifiersEdit

Played 9 April 2008

Team 1 Score Team 2
United States   3–0   Costa Rica
Canada   1–0   Mexico

FinalEdit

Played 12 April 2008. Both USA and Canada already qualified for 2008 Olympic women's football tournament.

Team 1 Score Team 2
United States   1 – 1 (pso 6 – 5)[4]   Canada

CAF (Africa)Edit

Preliminary competition was divided in four rounds. First three rounds was knock-out rounds, and the final round was a group stage.

The winners of the final round would qualify for the Olympics. The runners-up of the round would advance to inter-continental play-off.

Preliminary RoundEdit

First leg played from October 27 to October 29, 2006. Second leg played from November 10 to November 12, 2006.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Angola     Tanzania*
Mozambique   12–5   Comoros 7–2 5–3
Guinea-Bissau   2–4   Guinea 1–1 1–3
*Benin     Namibia
*Uganda     Eritrea
* = withdrew

First RoundEdit

First leg played on February 17 and February 18, 2007. Second leg will play from March 9 to March 11, 2007. Eritrea and Morocco will play their matches on March 10 and March 24, 2007. Guinea and Zimbabwe only played one leg in Zimbabwe due to political unrest in Guinea.[5]

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Angola   1–4   Ghana 1–2 0–2
Equatorial Guinea   4–5   South Africa 2–1 2–4
Liberia   0–5   Ethiopia 0–3 0–2
Nigeria   w/o   Senegal*
Mozambique   1–12   Algeria 0–3 1–9
Eritrea   4–4 (a)   Morocco 3–2 1–2
Namibia   5–8   DR Congo 3–3 2–5
Guinea   1–6   Zimbabwe 1–6
* = withdrew

Second RoundEdit

First leg played from June 1 to June 3, 2007. Second leg played from June 15 to June 17, 2007.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ghana   4–1   DR Congo 3–1 1–0
Algeria   1–6   Nigeria 1–0 0–6
South Africa   5–3   Zimbabwe 2–1 3–2
Ethiopia   (a)2–2   Morocco 1–0 1–2

Final RoundEdit

Matches played between July 27, 2007 and March 14, 2008. Ethiopia withdrew.[6]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Nigeria 4 3 0 1 8 1 +7 9
  Ghana 4 3 0 1 4 3 +1 9
  South Africa 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 0
  Ethiopia withdraw

July 28, 2007

Nigeria   5–0   South Africa
Ethiopia   1–3
(later annulled)
  Ghana

August 12, 2007

Ghana   1–0   Nigeria

August 26, 2007

South Africa   0–1   Ghana

December 9, 2007

Ghana   2–1   South Africa

February 16, 2008

South Africa   0–1   Nigeria

March 15, 2008

Nigeria   2–0   Ghana

Nigeria qualified for the Olympics. Ghana advanced to the inter-continental play-off.

AFC (Asia)Edit

China was automatically qualified for the Olympics as host.

First RoundEdit

Japan and North Korea received bye for the final round. Other 12 teams are divided into 3 groups, where top two teams in each group would advance to the final round.

Group A was played as a knockout tournament of two-legged (Home&Away) matches. Each of Group B and Group C was played as a single round robin.

Group AEdit

First leg played on February 17, 2007. Second leg played on February 25, 2007.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hong Kong     Jordan*
South Korea   8–0   India 5–0 3–0

Hong Kong through to the final after Jordan withdrew from the tournament. The final first and second leg played on March 10, 2007 and March 18, 2007 respectively.[7]

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hong Kong   3–2   South Korea 2–2 1–0

Group BEdit

All matches were held at Thai-Japanese Stadium (Bangkok, Thailand).[8]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Thailand (host) 9 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15
  Vietnam 6 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7
  Singapore 3 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2
  Maldives 0 3 0 0 3 0 20 −20

February 19, 2007

Maldives   0–6   Singapore
Thailand   1–0   Vietnam

February 21, 2007

Thailand   5–0   Singapore
Vietnam   5–0   Maldives

February 23, 2007

Vietnam   3–0   Singapore
Thailand   9–0   Maldives

Group CEdit

All matches were held at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium (Taipei, Taiwan).[8]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Australia 9 3 3 0 0 20 1 +19
  Chinese Taipei (host) 6 3 2 0 1 4 8 −4
  Myanmar 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3
  Uzbekistan 1 3 0 1 2 1 13 −12

February 21, 2007

Chinese Taipei   2–0   Uzbekistan
Australia   2–0   Myanmar

February 23, 2007

Chinese Taipei   1–0   Myanmar
Uzbekistan   0–10   Australia

February 25, 2007

Chinese Taipei   1–8   Australia
Uzbekistan   1–1   Myanmar

Final RoundEdit

[9]

Group winners would qualify for the Olympics. Matches played from April 7 to August 12, 2007.

Group AEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Japan 16 6 5 1 0 27 3 +24
  South Korea 8 6 2 2 2 8 12 −4
  Thailand 7 6 2 1 3 7 11 −4
  Vietnam 3 6 1 0 5 3 19 −16
Japan  2–0  Vietnam
Sawa   36'
Sakai   73'
South Korea  0–1  Thailand

Thailand  0–4  Japan
Sawa   38'
Arakawa   41'
Ohno   44'66'
Vietnam  1–2  South Korea
Đoàn Thị Kim Chi   25' Ji So-Yun   55'59'

Japan  6–1  South Korea
Miyamoto   9'
Ohno   21'
Arakawa   24'
Lee Kye-lim   34' (o.g.)
Ito   66'
Sawa   68'[10]
Jung Hae-in   74'
Vietnam  1–0  Thailand

South Korea  2–2  Japan
Kim Jin-hee   5'
Park Hee-young   64'
Ohno   11'
Miyama   37'
Thailand  5–0  Vietnam

Thailand  1–1  South Korea
Vietnam  0–8  Japan
Sakai   10'
Iwashimizu   17'
Ohno   36'60'
Miyama   39'
Miyamoto   70'
Sawa   72'
Nagasato   80'

South Korea  2–1  Vietnam
Japan  5–0  Thailand
Ohno   1'
Nagasato   30'
Yanagita   45'
Sawa   45+2'
Sakaguchi   89'

Group BEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  North Korea 18 6 6 0 0 51 0 +51
  Australia 12 6 4 0 2 40 5 +35
  Chinese Taipei 6 6 2 0 4 12 31 −19
  Hong Kong 0 6 0 0 6 1 68 −67


Chinese Taipei  0–10  Australia
Hong Kong  0–14  North Korea

Chinese Taipei  6–0  Hong Kong
North Korea  2–0  Australia

Hong Kong  0–6  Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei  0–6  North Korea
Hong Kong  1–8  Australia

North Korea  19–0  Hong Kong

OFC (Oceania)Edit

The 2007 Pacific Games was played as the first part of Oceania qualification for the 2008 Olympics. The winners of the Pacific Games, Papua New Guinea, met New Zealand in a playoff in March 2008 for a place in the Olympic Games Finals. This had originally been scheduled over two legs (on 8 March and 12 March) but the New Zealand leg was cancelled by mutual consent, leaving a single play-off match in Papua New Guinea.

Team 1 Result Team 2
Papua New Guinea   0–2   New Zealand

Inter-continental play-offEdit

An inter-continental play-off was to held between the second placed South American and African teams, which were Brazil and Ghana, respectively.

The play-off was held as one match on Workers Stadium in Beijing on April 19, 2008. Brazil beat Ghana for the final spot in the Olympics.


Brazil  5–1  Ghana
Marta   19'
Cristiane   41'70'
Aline   53'[12]
Rosana   71'
Report Amankwa   75'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Women qualifying. Retrieved on February 18, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Three European teams will book their spot to Beijing 2008". FIFA. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Central American Olympic Qualification starts this year Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on February 18, 2007.
  4. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Downs Canada in Penalty Kick Shootout to Win 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18.
  5. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tableso/ol2008q-women.html#Africa
  6. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/news.php?id=1214
  7. ^ S.Korea Reaches Final Round. Retrieved on February 27, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Beijing 2008 – Schedule & Results, Asian Football Confederation, Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Schedule / Results - Women". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  10. ^ Korea Republic Women's Olympic Team 170307
  11. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Brazil defeats Ghana 5–1". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 2008-04-19. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  12. ^ [1]

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