Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates6–21 August
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (3rd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Germany
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored66 (2.54 per match)
Attendance740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Cristiane (5 goals)
Fair play award China
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 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[edit]

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
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 10–26 November 2006 Argentina Mar del Plata 1  Argentina
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying 25 August – 7 September 2007
8 March 2008
Samoa Apia
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
1  New Zealand
UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)* 10–30 September 2007  China 2*  Germany
 Norway
UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden) 8 November 2007
28 November 2007
Denmark Viborg
Sweden Solna
1*  Sweden
CONMEBOL–CAF play-off 19 April 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.

Venues[edit]

The tournament was held in five venues across five cities:

Seeding[edit]

Pot 1: Asia Pot 2: North America and Africa Pot 3: Europe Pot 4: South America and Oceania

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 by 23 July 2008. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional alternate goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.

Match officials[edit]

Group stage[edit]

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[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China 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: [3]
Argentina 1–2 Canada
Manicler 85' Report Chapman 27'
Lang 72'

China 2–1 Sweden
Xu Yuan 6'
Han Duan 72'
Report Schelin 38'

Sweden 1–0 Argentina
Fischer 57' Report

Canada 1–1 China
Sinclair 34' Report Xu Yuan 36'


Sweden 2–1 Canada
Schelin 19', 51' Report Tancredi 63'

Group F[edit]

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
Germany 0–0 Brazil
Report
Attendance: 20,703
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)


Nigeria 0–1 Germany
Report Stegemann 65'

Brazil 2–1 North Korea
Daniela 14'
Marta 23'
Report Ri Kum-suk 90'
Attendance: 19,616
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)

North Korea 0–1 Germany
Report Mittag 86'

Nigeria 1–3 Brazil
Nkwocha 19' (pen.) Report Cristiane 34', 35', 45+3'

Group G[edit]

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
Japan 2–2 New Zealand
Miyama 72' (pen.)
Sawa 86'
Report Yallop 37'
Hearn 56' (pen.)




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

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

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

Knockout stage[edit]

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 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[edit]

United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Canada
Hucles 12'
Kai 101'
Report Sinclair 30'
Attendance: 26,129

Brazil 2–1 Norway
Daniela 43'
Marta 57'
Report Nordby 83' (pen.)

Sweden 0–2 (a.e.t.) Germany
Report Garefrekes 104'
Laudehr 115'

China 0–2 Japan
Report Sawa 15'
Nagasato 80'

Semi-finals[edit]

Brazil 4–1 Germany
Formiga 43'
Cristiane 49', 76'
Marta 53'
Report Prinz 10'

United States 4–2 Japan
Hucles 41', 80'
Chalupny 44'
O'Reilly 70'
Report Ohno 16'
Arakawa 90+3'
Attendance: 50,937

Bronze medal match[edit]

3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Germany 2–0 Japan
Bajramaj 68', 87' Report
Attendance: 49,285

Gold medal match[edit]

2nd place, silver medalist(s) Brazil 0–1 (a.e.t.) United States 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Report Lloyd 96'

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 66 goals scored in 26 matches, for an average of 2.54 goals per match.

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Source: FIFA[4]

Assists[edit]

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA[4]

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

China PR won the FIFA Fair Play Award, given to the team with the best record of fair play during the tournament. Every match in the tournament was taken into account, though only teams that reached the knockout stage were eligible to win the award.[4]

Pos Team Pts
1  China 956
2  Japan 939
3  United States 930
4  Germany 913
5  Sweden 913
6  Norway 903
7  Brazil 896
8  Canada 892

Tournament ranking[edit]

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 G  United States 6 5 0 1 12 5 +7 15 Gold medal
2 F  Brazil 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 Silver medal
3 F  Germany 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13 Bronze medal
4 G  Japan 6 2 1 3 11 10 +1 7 Fourth place
5 E  China (H) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 E  Sweden 4 2 0 2 4 5 −1 6
7 G  Norway 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6
8 E  Canada 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
9 F  North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 Eliminated in
group stage
10 G  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
11 E  Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
11 F  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: FIFA[4][5]
(H) Host

References[edit]

  1. ^ Homewood, Brian (22 August 2008). "U.S. retain gold against Brazil in women's soccer | Reuters". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  2. ^ Homewood, Brian (19 August 2008). "Brazil seek first major title in women's soccer". Reuters. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ "2008 Summer Olympics Soccer Results - Beijing, China - ESPN". www.espn.com. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Report and Statistics – Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 (PDF). FIFA. Zürich. 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016: Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2016. p. 28. Retrieved 6 February 2021.

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