Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

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The women's qualification for football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Qualifications[edit]

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

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" implying that Sweden and Denmark will require a playoff for the final qualification spot. While UEFA initially stated that no playoff was required [3][dead link], this was amended fairly rapidly [4][dead link].

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg / 08.11.2007 2nd leg / 28.11.2007
Denmark  3–7  Sweden 2–4 1–3

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 America[edit]

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.[2]

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

Caribbean[edit]

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 Round[edit]

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 Round[edit]

6 teams will qualify for the final round.[2] 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 A[edit]

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 B[edit]

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/Qualifiers[edit]

Played 9 April 2008

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

Final[edit]

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)[3]  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 Round[edit]

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 Round[edit]

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.

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  -  Senegal* - -
Mozambique  1–12  Algeria 0–3 1–9
Eritrea  4–4  Morocco 3–2 1–2
Namibia  5–8  DR Congo 3–3 2–5
Guinea   Zimbabwe 1–6
* = withdrew

Second Round[edit]

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 Round[edit]

Matches played between July 27, 2007 and March 14, 2008. Ethiopia withdrew.[4]

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

July 28, 2007

Nigeria  5–0  South Africa

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 Round[edit]

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 A[edit]

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.[5]

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

Group B[edit]

All matches were held at Thai-Japanese Stadium (Bangkok, Thailand).[6]

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 C[edit]

All matches were held at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium (Taipei, Taiwan).[6]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Australia 9 3 3 0 0 20 1 +19
Chinese Taipei 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 Chinese Taipei 2–0  Uzbekistan
Australia  2–0  Myanmar

February 23, 2007

Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1–0  Myanmar
Uzbekistan  0–10  Australia

February 25, 2007

Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1–8  Australia
Uzbekistan  1–1  Myanmar

Final Round[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

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
April 7, 2007
Japan  2 - 0  Vietnam
Sawa Goal 36'
Sakai Goal 73'
April 7, 2007
South Korea  0 - 1  Thailand

April 15, 2007
Thailand  0 - 4  Japan
Sawa Goal 38'
Arakawa Goal 41'
Ohno Goal 44'66'
April 15, 2007
Vietnam  1 - 2  South Korea
Thi Kim Chi Doan Goal 25' Ji So-Yun Goal 55'59'

June 3, 2007
Japan  6 - 1  South Korea
Miyamoto Goal 9'
Ohno Goal 21'
Arakawa Goal 24'
李桂林 Goal 34' (o.g.)
Ito Goal 66'
Sawa Goal 68'
鄭惠因 Goal 74'
June 3, 2007
Vietnam  1 - 0  Thailand

June 10, 2007
South Korea  2 - 2  Japan
金眞熙 Goal 5'
朴熙栄 Goal 64'
Ohno Goal 11'
Miyama Goal 37'
June 10, 2007
Thailand  5 - 0  Vietnam

August 4, 2007
Vietnam  0 - 8  Japan
Sakai Goal 10'
Iwashimizu Goal 17'
Ohno Goal 36'60'
Miyama Goal 39'
Miyamoto Goal 70'
Sawa Goal 72'
Nagasato Goal 80'

August 12, 2007
South Korea  2 - 1  Vietnam
August 12, 2007
Japan  5 - 0  Thailand
Ohno Goal 1'
Nagasato Goal 30'
Yanagita Goal 45'
Sawa Goal 45+2'
Sakaguchi Goal 89'

Group B[edit]

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 Chinese Taipei 6 6 2 0 4 12 31 −19
 Hong Kong 0 6 0 0 6 1 68 −67

April 7, 2007

Australia  15–0  Hong Kong
North Korea  8–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei

April 15, 2007

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

June 3, 2007

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

June 10, 2007

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

August 4, 2007

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

August 12, 2007

Australia  7–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
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-off[edit]

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.


19 April 2008
19:45 UTC+8[7]
Brazil  5 – 1  Ghana
Marta Goal 19'
Cristiane Goal 41'70'
Aline Goal 53'[8]
Rosana Goal 71'
Report Amankwa Goal 75'

References[edit]

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