Football At the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Tournament
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Football At the 2008 Summer Olympics %E2%80%93 Women's Tournament
2008 Women's Olympic
football tournament
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates6 August - 21 August
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Germany
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Cristiane (5 goals)
2004
2012

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.

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]

Qualifying

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 Mexico Ciudad Juárez 2  United States
 Canada
2006 Sudamericano Femenino November 10-26, 2006 Argentina Mar del Plata 1  Argentina
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying August 25 - September 7, 2007
March 8, 2008
Samoa Apia
Papua New Guinea 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
Denmark Viborg
Sweden Solna
1*  Sweden
CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil) April 19, 2008 China 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.

Seeding

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

Squads

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 officials

Group stage

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 E

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:[]





Sweden 2-1 Canada
Schelin Goal 1951 Report Tancredi Goal 63

Group F

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:[]
Attendance: 20,703
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)



Attendance: 19,616
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)


Nigeria 1-3 Brazil
Nkwocha Goal 19 (pen.) Report Cristiane Goal 343545+3

Group G

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 Goal 72 (pen.)
Sawa Goal 86
Report Yallop Goal 37
Hearn Goal 56 (pen.)




Norway 1-5 Japan
Knutsen Goal 27 Report Kinga Goal 31
Følstad Goal 51 (o.g.)
Ohno Goal 52
Sawa Goal 71
Hara Goal 83

Ranking of third-placed teams

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
Source:[]

Knockout stage

  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-finals

Attendance: 26,129

Brazil 2-1 Norway
Daniela Goal 43
Marta Goal 57
Report Nordby Goal 83 (pen.)


Semi-finals

Brazil 4-1 Germany
Formiga Goal 43
Cristiane Goal 4976
Marta Goal 53
Report Prinz Goal 10

United States 4-2 Japan
Hucles Goal 4180
Chalupny Goal 44
O'Reilly Goal 70
Report Ohno Goal 16
Arakawa Goal 90+3
Attendance: 50,937

Bronze medal match

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Germany 2-0 Japan
Bajramaj Goal 6887 Report
Attendance: 49,285

Gold medal match

Final ranking

Pos 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
11  Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source:[]

Statistics

Goalscorers

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References

  1. ^ Homewood, Brian (2008-08-22). "U.S. retain gold against Brazil in women's soccer | Reuters". In.reuters.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Homewood, Brian (2008-08-19). "Brazil seek first major title in women's soccer". Reuters. Retrieved .

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