|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||7 (in 6 host cities)|
The women's football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 21 July to 6 August 2021. Originally, it was to be held from 22 July to 7 August 2020, but the Summer Olympics were postponed to the following year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the official name of the games remains the 2020 Summer Olympics. It will be the seventh edition of the women's Olympic football tournament. Together with the men's competition, the 2020 Summer Olympics football tournament will be held at seven stadiums in six cities in Japan, including Olympic host city Tokyo, which will host the women's gold medal match at the National Stadium. There are no player age restrictions for teams participating in the women's competition.
In addition to host nation Japan, eleven women's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations. The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.
For the first time, as per the agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) for the women's team, Great Britain attempted to qualify for the Olympics through England's performance in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (a procedure already successfully employed by Team GB in field hockey and rugby sevens). The team's only previous appearance was in the 2012 tournament, in which they qualified automatically as hosts. Great Britain succeeded in qualifying, as England were among the three best European teams.Scotland also qualified for the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation was nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance was not be taken into account.
|Means of qualification||Ref.||Dates2||Venue2||Berths||Qualified|
|Host country||7 September 2013||N/A||1||Japan|
|2018 Copa América||||4-22 April 2018||Chile||1||Brazil|
|2018 OFC Nations Cup||||18 November - 1 December 2018||New Caledonia||1||New Zealand|
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(as UEFA qualifying)
|||7 June - 7 July 2019||France||3|| Great Britain|
|2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship||||28 January - 9 February 2020||United States||2|| Canada|
|2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||5-10 March 2020||Various||1||Zambia|
|2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||6-11 March 2020 & 8-13 April 2021||Various||2|| Australia|
|CAF-CONMEBOL play-off||April 2021||Various||1||TBD|
The tournament will be held in seven venues across six cities:
The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each team has to submit a squad of 18 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers. Each team can also name a list of four alternate players, who can replace any player in the squad in case of injury during the tournament.
The twelve teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams. The hosts Japan are automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position E1, while the remaining teams are seeded into their respective pots based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings released on 27 March 2020. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation. As Great Britain are not a FIFA member and therefore do not have a ranking, their seeding method will be decided by FIFA.
The competing countries will be divided into three groups of four teams, denoted as groups E, F and G to avoid confusion with the groups of the men's tournament (which use designations A to D). Teams in each group will play one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group and the two best third-placed teams advancing to the quarter-finals.
The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:
|1||Japan (H)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||E3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||F1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||F3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||G1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||G3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||E||Third place Group E||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||F||Third place Group F||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||G||Third place Group G||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.
The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which two third-placed teams will qualify for the quarter-finals:
qualify from groups
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|30 July - Kashima|
|Winner Group E|
|2 August - Yokohama|
|3rd Group F/G|
|Winner Match 19|
|30 July - Saitama|
|Winner Match 21|
|Winner Group G|
|6 August - Tokyo (National)|
|3rd Group E/F|
|Winner Match 23|
|30 July - Yokohama|
|Winner Match 24|
|Winner Group F|
|2 August - Kashima|
|Runner-up Group G|
|Winner Match 20|
|30 July - Rifu|
|Winner Match 22||Bronze medal match|
|Runner-up Group E|
|5 August - Kashima|
|Runner-up Group F|
|Loser Match 23|
|Loser Match 24|