|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||66 (2.54 per match)|
|Attendance||740,014 (28,462 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Cristiane (5 goals)|
The women's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in China from 6 to 21 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their full women's national teams.
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||10-26 November 2006||Mar del Plata||1||Argentina|
|OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying||25 August - 7 September 2007
8 March 2008
|UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)*||10-30 September 2007||China||2*|| Germany|
|UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden)||8 November 2007
28 November 2007
|CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil)||19 April 2008||Beijing||1||Brazil|
|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|
|1||Brazil||3||2||1||0||5||2||+3||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|1||United States||3||2||0||1||5||2||+3||6||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Gold medal match|
|G3||Japan||2||Bronze medal match|
|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|