Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
|Dates||21 July – 6 August 2021|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 6 host cities)|
|Champions||Canada (1st title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Goals scored||101 (3.88 per match)|
|Attendance||13,913 (535 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Vivianne Miedema (10 goals)|
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2020 Summer Olympics
The women's football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics was 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 was the seventh edition of the women's Olympic football tournament. Together with the men's competition, the 2020 Summer Olympics football tournament was held at six stadiums in six cities in Japan. The final was hosted at the International Stadium in Yokohama. There were no player age restrictions for teams participating in the competition.
Canada won their first gold medal by defeating Sweden 3–2 in the penalty shoot-out after both teams drew 1–1 after extra time in the final. The United States won bronze, defeating Australia 4–3 in the bronze medal game.
|G||Group stage||¼||Quarter-finals||½||Semi-finals||B||Bronze medal match||F||Gold medal match|
|Wed 21||Thu 22||Fri 23||Sat 24||Sun 25||Mon 26||Tue 27||Wed 28||Thu 29||Fri 30||Sat 31||Sun 1||Mon 2||Tue 3||Wed 4||Thu 5||Fri 6|
In addition to host nation Japan, eleven women's national teams qualified 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, 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 taken into account (Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish players are eligible to be part of the Great Britain team at the Olympics).
|Means of qualification||Dates2||Venue(s)2||Berth(s)||Qualified|
|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||Multiple||1||Zambia|
|2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament||6–11 March 2020 & 8–13 April 2021||Multiple||2|| Australia|
|CAF–CONMEBOL play-off||10–13 April 2021||Turkey||1||Chile|
- ^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.
The tournament was held in six venues across six cities:
- Kashima Stadium, Kashima
- Miyagi Stadium, Rifu
- Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
- Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
- Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
- International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
The gold medal match was originally scheduled to be played at the National Stadium in Tokyo. Both finalists requested a later kick-off time due to concerns about excessive heat; as the National Stadium was already booked for athletics events in the evening, the game was moved to the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, most matches were played behind closed doors without any spectators. However, Miyagi Stadium allowed a limited audience to attend matches.
The tournament was a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Traditionally the roster rules required each team to submit a squad of 18 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers. Each team also names a list of four alternate players who can replace any player in the squad in case of injury during the tournament. In late June 2021, the International Olympic Committee and FIFA announced that all 22 players of each team will be available for selection before each match. Prior to each match, the teams will choose from their total of 22 players, a roster of 18 players to be available for play in that match. The IOC also confirmed that a player must appear on at least one 18-player matchday roster to be considered an Olympian and to receive a medal. The rule change was made in regards to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The draw for the tournament was held on 21 April 2021, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. It was conducted by Sarai Bareman, FIFA chief women's football officer, while Samantha Johnson presented the ceremony. Lindsay Tarpley and Ryan Nelsen acted as the draw assistants.
The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four teams. The hosts Japan were automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position E1 while the remaining teams were seeded into their respective pots based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings released on 16 April 2021 (shown in parentheses below). As Great Britain are not a FIFA member and therefore do not have a ranking, they were seeded based on the FIFA ranking of England who qualified on behalf of Great Britain. No group could contain more than one team from each confederation.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The competing countries were 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 played 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 was determined as follows:
- Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat);
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
- 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;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Great Britain||3||2||1||0||4||1||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Netherlands||3||2||1||0||21||8||+13||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Sweden||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|New Zealand||1–6||United States|
Ranking of third-placed teams
|1||E||Japan||3||1||1||1||2||2||0||4||Advance to knockout stage|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points in all group matches; 5) Drawing of lots.
In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|30 July – Kashima|
|2 August – Yokohama|
|30 July – Saitama|
|6 August – Yokohama|
|30 July – Yokohama|
|Canada (p)||1 (3)|
|2 August – Kashima|
|United States (p)||2 (4)|
|30 July – Rifu|
|Canada||1||Bronze medal match|
|Canada (p)||0 (4)|
|5 August – Kashima|
|Great Britain||3–4 (a.e.t.)||Australia|
|Netherlands||2–2 (a.e.t.)||United States|
Bronze medal match
Gold medal match
There were 101 goals scored in 26 matches, for an average of 3.88 goals per match.
- Caitlin Foord
- Mary Fowler
- Emily Gielnik
- Alanna Kennedy
- Tameka Yallop
- Adriana Leon
- Christine Sinclair
- Karen Araya
- Wang Shanshan
- Wang Yanwen
- Mana Iwabuchi
- Dominique Janssen
- Jill Roord
- Betsy Hassett
- Gabi Rennie
- Anna Anvegård
- Kosovare Asllani
- Magdalena Eriksson
- Madelen Janogy
- Lindsey Horan
- Rose Lavelle
- Sam Mewis
- Alex Morgan
- Christen Press
- Lynn Williams
- Racheal Kundananji
1 own goal
A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:
- Receiving a red card (red card suspensions could be extended for serious offences)
- Receiving two yellow cards in two matches; yellow cards expired after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions were not carried forward to any other future international matches)
The following offences warranted a suspension during the tournament:
|Martha Tembo||in qualifying vs Cameroon (10 March 2020)||Group F vs Netherlands (matchday 1; 21 July 2021)|
|Li Qingtong||in Group F vs Zambia (matchday 2; 24 July 2021)||Group F vs Netherlands (matchday 3; 27 July 2021)|
|Lushomo Mweemba||in Group F vs Brazil (matchday 3; 27 July 2021)||Suspension served outside tournament|
|Ludmila|| in Group F vs Netherlands (matchday 2; 24 July 2021)
in Quarter-finals vs Canada (30 July 2021)
|Team eliminated from tournament|
|Jayde Riviere|| in Group E vs Great Britain (matchday 3; 27 July 2021)
in Quarter-finals vs Brazil (30 July 2021)
|Semi-finals vs United States (2 August 2021)|
|Ellie Carpenter||in Semi-finals vs Sweden (2 August 2021)||Bronze medal match vs United States (5 August 2021)|
|3||G||United States||6||2||2||2||12||10||+2||8||Bronze medal|
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