Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Victory ceremony
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) (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)
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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.

Qualifying[edit]

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 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.

Draw[edit]

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

Squads[edit]

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

Match officials[edit]

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

Preliminary round[edit]

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 E[edit]

Great Britain vs New Zealand
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals
25 July 2012
16:00
v
Great Britain  1–0  New Zealand
Houghton Goal 64' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,445[8]
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

25 July 2012
18:45
v
Cameroon  0–5  Brazil
Report Francielle Goal 7'
Costa Goal 10'
Marta Goal 73' (pen.)88'
Cristiane Goal 78'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 30,847[9]
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

28 July 2012
14:30
v
New Zealand  0–1  Brazil
Report Cristiane Goal 86'

28 July 2012
17:15
v
Great Britain  3–0  Cameroon
Stoney Goal 18'
J. Scott Goal 23'
Houghton Goal 82'
Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 31,141[11]
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)

31 July 2012
19:45
v
New Zealand  3–1  Cameroon
Smith Goal 43'
Sonkeng Goal 49' (o.g.)
Gregorius Goal 62'
Report Onguene Goal 75'

31 July 2012
19:45
v
Great Britain  1–0  Brazil
Houghton Goal 2' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,584[13]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

Group F[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3 5
 Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
 South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals
25 July 2012
17:00
v
Japan  2–1  Canada
Kawasumi Goal 33'
Miyama Goal 44'
Report Tancredi Goal 55'
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 14,119[14]
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (Finland)

25 July 2012
19:45
v
Sweden  4–1  South Africa
Fischer Goal 7'
Dahlkvist Goal 20'
Schelin Goal 21'63'
Report Modise Goal 60'

28 July 2012
12:00
v
Japan  0–0  Sweden
Report
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 14,160[16]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

28 July 2012
14:45
v
Canada  3–0  South Africa
Tancredi Goal 7'
Sinclair Goal 58'86'
Report

31 July 2012
14:30
v
Japan  0–0  South Africa
Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,202[18]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

31 July 2012
14:30
v
Canada  2–2  Sweden
Tancredi Goal 43'84' Report Hammarström Goal 14'
Jakobsson Goal 16'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 12,719[19]
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)

Group G[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 France 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
 North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
 Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals
25 July 2012
17:00
v
United States  4–2  France
Wambach Goal 19'
Morgan Goal 32'66'
Lloyd Goal 56'
Report Thiney Goal 12'
Delie Goal 14'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 18,090[20]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

25 July 2012
20:50 †
v
Colombia  0–2  North Korea
Report Kim Song-hui Goal 39'85'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 18,900[21]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

28 July 2012
17:00
v
United States  3–0  Colombia
Rapinoe Goal 33'
Wambach Goal 74'
Lloyd Goal 77'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 11,313[22]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

28 July 2012
19:45
v
France  5–0  North Korea
Georges Goal 45'
Thomis Goal 70'
Delie Goal 71'
Renard Goal 81'
Catala Goal 87'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 11,743[23]
Referee: Therese Neguel (Cameroon)

31 July 2012
17:15
v
United States  1–0  North Korea
Wambach Goal 25' Report
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 29,522[24]
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

31 July 2012
17:15
v
France  1–0  Colombia
Thomis Goal 5' Report
St James' Park, Newcastle
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 teams[edit]

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 stage[edit]

  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-finals[edit]

3 August 2012
12:00
v
Sweden  1–2  France
Fischer Goal 18' Report Georges Goal 29'
Renard Goal 39'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 12,869[27]
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

3 August 2012
14:30
v
United States  2–0  New Zealand
Wambach Goal 27'
Leroux Goal 87'
Report

3 August 2012
17:00
v
Brazil  0–2  Japan
Report Ōgimi Goal 27'
Ohno Goal 73'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 28,528[29]
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (Finland)

3 August 2012
19:30
v
Great Britain  0–2  Canada
Report Filigno Goal 12'
Sinclair Goal 26'
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 28,828[30]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Semi-finals[edit]

6 August 2012
17:00
v
France  1–2  Japan
Le Sommer Goal 76' Report Ōgimi Goal 32'
Sakaguchi Goal 49'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 61,482[31]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

6 August 2012
19:45
v
Canada  3–4 (a.e.t.)  United States
Sinclair Goal 22'67'73' Report Rapinoe Goal 54' (cnr.)70'
Wambach Goal 80' (pen.)
Morgan Goal 120+3'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 26,630[32]
Referee: Christina Pedersen (Norway)

Bronze medal match[edit]

9 August 2012
13:00
v
3 Canada  1–0  France
Matheson Goal 90+2' Report

Gold medal match[edit]

9 August 2012
19:45
v
1 United States  2–1  Japan 2
Lloyd Goal 8'54' Report Ōgimi Goal 63'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,203[34]
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

Final ranking[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

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

Discipline[edit]

Red cards
Match bans
  • Colombia Lady Andrade was banned two matches for violent conduct in punching Abby Wambach.[35]

Controversies[edit]

North Korea – South Korea flag confusion[edit]

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 States[edit]

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]

Final: United States vs Japan[edit]

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".[46] German newspaper Die Welt also picked up this issue.[47]

See also[edit]

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