Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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2020 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates21 July – 6 August 2021
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)7 (in 6 host cities)
2016
2024

The women's football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 21 July to 6 August 2021.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Germany, the defending champions, failed to qualify for the tournament after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[3]

Qualification[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Means of qualification Ref. Dates2 Venue2 Berths Qualified
Host country 7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan
2018 Copa América [8] 4–22 April 2018  Chile 1  Brazil
2018 OFC Nations Cup [9] 18 November – 1 December 2018  New Caledonia 1  New Zealand
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(as UEFA qualifying)
[10] 7 June – 7 July 2019  France 3  Great Britain
 Netherlands
 Sweden
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [11] 28 January – 9 February 2020  United States 2  Canada
 United States
2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament [12] 5–10 March 2020 Various 1  Zambia
2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament [13] 6–11 March 2020 & 19–24 February 2021 Various 2  Australia
TBD
CAF–CONMEBOL play-off 18–24 February 2021 Various 1 TBD
Total   12  
  • ^2 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

Venues[edit]

The tournament will be held in seven venues across six cities:

Squads[edit]

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.[14]

Match officials[edit]

In June 2020, FIFA approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the tournament.[15]

Draw[edit]

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.[16] As Great Britain are not a FIFA member and therefore do not have a ranking, their seeding method will be decided by FIFA.

Group stage[edit]

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.

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).[17]

Tiebreakers[edit]

The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:[14]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat);
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 point;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on July 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
E3Match 2E4
Japan Match 1E2

E4Match 8E2
Japan Match 7E3

E4Match 13 Japan
E2Match 14E3

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on July 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
F1Match 3F2
F3Match 4F4

F1Match 9F3
F4Match 10F2

F4Match 15F1
F2Match 16F3

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on July 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
G1Match 5G2
G3Match 6G4

G1Match 11G3
G4Match 12G2

G4Match 17G1
G2Match 18G3

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
First match(es) will be played on July 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points in all group matches; 5) Drawing of lots.

Knockout stage[edit]

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.[14]

Combinations of matches in the quarter-finals

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which two third-placed teams will qualify for the quarter-finals:[14]

Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
1E
vs
1G
vs
E F 3F 3E
E G 3G 3E
F G 3G 3F

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
30 July 2021 – Kashima
 
 
Winner Group E
 
2 August 2021 – Yokohama
 
3rd Group F/G
 
Winner Match 19
 
30 July 2021 – Rifu
 
Winner Match 21
 
Winner Group G
 
6 August 2021 – Tokyo (National)
 
3rd Group E/F
 
Winner Match 23
 
30 July 2021 – Yokohama
 
Winner Match 24
 
Winner Group F
 
2 August 2021 – Kashima
 
Runner-up Group G
 
Winner Match 20
 
30 July 2021 – Saitama
 
Winner Match 22Bronze medal match
 
Runner-up Group E
 
5 August 2021 – Kashima
 
Runner-up Group F
 
Loser Match 23
 
 
Loser Match 24
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Winner Group GMatch 213rd Group E/F

Winner Group EMatch 193rd Group F/G

Runner-up Group EMatch 22Runner-up Group F

Winner Group FMatch 20Runner-up Group G

Semi-finals[edit]

Winner Match 20Match 24Winner Match 22

Winner Match 19Match 23Winner Match 21

Bronze medal match[edit]

Loser Match 23Match 25Loser Match 24

Gold medal match[edit]

Winner Match 23Match 26Winner Match 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's International Match Calendar 2020–2023" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 August 2020. p. 2. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympic.org. v. 24 March 2020. Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Netherlands and Sweden secure Tokyo tickets". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 June 2019.
  4. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Team GB qualify for women's football tournament". BBC Sport. 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Organising Committee takes important decisions on FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA.com. 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Home nations agree to GB women's football team". BBC Sport. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "La Copa América Femenina se celebrará del 4 al 22 de abril". CONMEBOL.com. 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ "OFC Women's Nations Cup confirmed". Oceania Football Confederation. 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup fixtures/results". UEFA.com. 16 June 2019.
  11. ^ "United States Set to Host 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament". CONCACAF. Miami. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Sierra Leone disqualified, Angola withdraws". CAF. 5 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Asia's elite set to vie for two Tokyo 2020 tickets". Asian Football Confederation. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d "Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  15. ^ "FIFA Council unanimously approves COVID-19 Relief Plan". FIFA. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Draw Procedures – Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 – Matches". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 6 February 2020.

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