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Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

The women's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held in London and five other cities in the United Kingdom from 25 July to 9 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their women's teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 11 teams, plus the hosts Great Britain reached the final tournament. There are no age restrictions for the players participating in the tournament. It is the first major FIFA affiliated women's tournament to be staged within the United Kingdom, and marked the first time a team representing Great Britain took part in the women's tournament.

2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
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Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
Dates (2012-07-25) (2012-08-09)25 July – 9 August 2012
(15 days)
Teams 12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (4th title)
Runners-up  Japan
Third place  Canada
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 70 (2.69 per match)
Attendance 661,016 (25,424 per match)
Top scorer(s) Canada Christine Sinclair
(6 goals)
2008
2016

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Each National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team in the football tournament.

Means of qualification Date of completion Venue1 Berths Qualified
Host nation 2005 none 1   Great Britain
AFC Preliminary Competition 11 September 2011   China[1] 2   Japan
  North Korea
CAF Preliminary Competition 22 October 2011[2] multiple 2   South Africa
  Cameroon
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 29 January 2012   Canada[3] 2   United States
  Canada
CONMEBOL Preliminary Competition 21 November 2010   Ecuador 2   Brazil
  Colombia
OFC Preliminary Competition 4 April 2012 multiple 1   New Zealand
Best UEFA teams in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup 17 July 2011   Germany 2   Sweden
  France
TOTAL 12
  • ^1 Locations are those of final tournaments, various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

DrawEdit

The draw for the tournament took place on 24 April 2012.[4] Great Britain, Japan and the United States were seeded for the draw and placed into groups E–G, respectively.[5] The remaining teams were drawn from four pots.[6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

SquadsEdit

The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players.

Match officialsEdit

On 19 April 2012, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics.[7]

Preliminary roundEdit

Group winners and runners-up and the two best third-ranked teams advanced to the quarter-finals (also see Tie breakers).

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Group EEdit

 
Great Britain vs New Zealand
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Great Britain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2   Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
3   New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4   Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Great Britain  1–0  New Zealand
Houghton   64' Report

Cameroon  0–5  Brazil
Report Francielle   7'
Costa   10'
Marta   73' (pen.)88'
Cristiane   78'

New Zealand  0–1  Brazil
Report Cristiane   86'

Great Britain  3–0  Cameroon
Stoney   18'
J. Scott   23'
Houghton   82'
Report

New Zealand  3–1  Cameroon
Smith   43'
Sonkeng   49' (o.g.)
Gregorius   62'
Report Onguene   75'

Great Britain  1–0  Brazil
Houghton   2' Report
Attendance: 70,584[13]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3 5 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2   Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
4   South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Japan  2–1  Canada
Kawasumi   33'
Miyama   44'
Report Tancredi   55'

Sweden  4–1  South Africa
Fischer   7'
Dahlkvist   20'
Schelin   21'63'
Report Modise   60'

Japan  0–0  Sweden
Report
Attendance: 14,160[16]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  3–0  South Africa
Tancredi   7'
Sinclair   58'86'
Report

Japan  0–0  South Africa
Report
Attendance: 24,202[18]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

Canada  2–2  Sweden
Tancredi   43'84' Report Hammarström   14'
Jakobsson   16'

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2   France 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3   North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
4   Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
United States  4–2  France
Wambach   19'
Morgan   32'66'
Lloyd   56'
Report Thiney   12'
Delie   14'
Attendance: 18,090[20]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Colombia  0–2  North Korea
Report Kim Song-hui   39'85'
Attendance: 18,900[21]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

United States  3–0  Colombia
Rapinoe   33'
Wambach   74'
Lloyd   77'
Report
Attendance: 11,313[22]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

France  5–0  North Korea
Georges   45'
Thomis   70'
Delie   71'
Renard   81'
Catala   87'
Report
Attendance: 11,743[23]

United States  1–0  North Korea
Wambach   25' Report
Attendance: 29,522[24]

France  1–0  Colombia
Thomis   5' Report
Attendance: 13,184[25]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

† Game delayed by one hour due to North Korean protest after accidental use of South Korean flag for North Korea.[26]

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
  North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals

Knockout stageEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                           
  E1   Great Britain 0  
F3   Canada 2  
  F3   Canada 3  
  G1   United States (aet) 4  
G1   United States 2
  E3   New Zealand 0  
    G1   United States 2
  F2   Japan 1
  F1   Sweden 1  
G2   France 2  
  G2   France 1 Bronze medal match
  F2   Japan 2  
E2   Brazil 0 F3   Canada 1
  F2   Japan 2   G2   France 0

Quarter-finalsEdit

Sweden  1–2  France
Fischer   18' Report Georges   29'
Renard   39'
Attendance: 12,869[27]

United States  2–0  New Zealand
Wambach   27'
Leroux   87'
Report

Brazil  0–2  Japan
Report Ōgimi   27'
Ohno   73'

Great Britain  0–2  Canada
Report Filigno   12'
Sinclair   26'
Attendance: 28,828[30]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Semi-finalsEdit

France  1–2  Japan
Le Sommer   76' Report Ōgimi   32'
Sakaguchi   49'
Attendance: 61,482[31]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  3–4 (a.e.t.)  United States
Sinclair   22'67'73' Report Rapinoe   54' (cnr.)70'
Wambach   80' (pen.)
Morgan   120+3'

Bronze medal matchEdit

  Canada  1–0  France
Matheson   90+2' Report

Gold medal matchEdit

  United States  2–1  Japan  
Lloyd   8'54' Report Ōgimi   63'

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   United States (USA) 6 6 0 0 16 6 +10 18
2   Japan (JPN) 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
3   Canada (CAN) 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
4   France (FRA) 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9
5   Great Britain (GBR) 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3 9
6   Brazil (BRA) 4 2 0 2 6 3 +3 6
7   Sweden (SWE) 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 5
8   New Zealand (NZL) 4 1 0 3 3 5 −2 3
9   North Korea (PRK) 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
10   South Africa (RSA) 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
11   Colombia (COL) 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
12   Cameroon (CMR) 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0

StatisticsEdit

ControversiesEdit

North Korea – South Korea flag confusionEdit

In the first day of the Olympic events on 25 July, the match between DPR Korea and Colombia was delayed by a little over an hour because the flag of South Korea was mistakenly displayed on the electronic scoreboard in Hampden Park. The North Korean team walked off the pitch in protest at seeing the South Korean flag displayed by their names and refused to warm-up whilst the flag was being displayed. They also objected to the South Korean flag being displayed above the stadium, even though the flags of all the competing countries were being displayed. The game then commenced after a delay and rectification of the error.[36]

Andy Mitchell, venue media manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), read out a LOCOG statement shortly afterwards:[37][38]

"Today ahead of the Women’s football match at Hampden Park, the South Korean flag was shown on a big screen video package instead of the North Korean flag. Clearly that is a mistake, we will apologise to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again".

LOCOG's statement had to be reissued because it failed to use the nations' official titles, "Republic of Korea" and "Democratic People's Republic of Korea".[39]

British Prime Minister David Cameron added that it was an "honest mistake" and efforts would be undertaken to ensure such a mishap does not recur. However, North Korean manager Sin Ui-gun expressed reservations about whether the incident was a mistake of intention and said: "We were angry because our players were introduced as if they were from South Korea, which may affect us greatly as you may know. Our team was not going to participate unless the problem was solved perfectly and fortunately some time later, the broadcasting was corrected and shown again live so we made up our mind to participate and go on with the match. If this matter cannot be solved, we thought going on was nonsense. Winning the game cannot compensate for that thing".[40]

Semi-final: Canada vs United StatesEdit

During the semifinal match between Canada and United States, a controversial delay of game call was made against the Canadian goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, when she held the ball longer than the allowed six seconds. This violation is rarely called in international play, and is only intended to be used during instances of clear and deliberate time-wasting.[41] As a result, the American side was awarded a rare indirect free-kick in the box, in the eightieth minute, with Canada leading the match 3–2. On the ensuing play, another controversial handball call was made against the Canadian side, awarding the American team a penalty kick, which Abby Wambach converted to tie the game at 3–3. The Americans went on to win the match in extra time, advancing to the gold medal match.[42][43] After the match, Canada forward Christine Sinclair stated, "the ref decided the result before the game started". FIFA responded by saying it was considering disciplinary action against Sinclair, but that any disciplinary action would be postponed until after the end of the tournament.[44] Sinclair was eventually suspended for four games for her conduct.[45] The referee for the match, Christina Pedersen, was not chosen to officiate for the bronze or gold medal, nor any major international competition since then.[46]

Final: United States vs JapanEdit

During the final match between the United States and Japan, referee Bibiana Steinhaus (of Germany) brushed off Japanese appeals against a handball in the penalty area made by Tobin Heath. Replays showed a clear handball, and in post-match interviews, even Carli Lloyd, Heath's fellow player who scored two goals during the match, admitted that the United States were very lucky to go unpenalised: "It was a clear handball, it hit her arm".[47] German newspaper Die Welt also picked up this issue.[48]

Coincidentally, Steinhaus was also in charge when the same two nations met in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Frankfurt, won by Japan on penalties.

See alsoEdit

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