Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

The women's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in China from 6 August 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]

2008 Women's Olympic
football tournament
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates6 August – 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 scored64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Cristiane (5 goals)

Qualifying

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

Seeding

Pot 1: Asia Pot 2: Americas Pot 3: Europe Pot 4: Rest of the World

Squads

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

Referee Assistants
AFC
South Korea Hong Eun-Ah Australia Sarah Ho
Australia Jacqueline Leleu
Thailand Pannipar Kamnueng Myanmar Daw Kaw Ja
Chinese Taipei Liu Hsiu-mei
China Liu Hongjuan Malaysia Shamsuri Widiya Habibah
China Niu Huijun
CONCACAF
Trinidad and Tobago Shane de Silva Costa Rica Milena López
Trinidad and Tobago Cindy Mohammed
Guyana Dianne Ferreira-James Mexico Mayte Chávez
Mexico Rita Muñoz
United States Kari Seitz United States Marlene Duffy
United States Veronica Perez
Referee Assistants
CAF
South Africa Deidre Mitchell South Africa Nomvula Masilela
Benin Tempa Ndah
CONMEBOL
Argentina Estela Álvarez Peru Marlene Leyton
Argentina María Rocco
UEFA
Germany Christine Beck Germany Inka Müller
Spain María Luisa Villa Gutiérrez
Switzerland Nicole Petignat Italy Cristina Cini
France Karine Vives Solana
Czech Republic Dagmar Damková Sweden Helen Caro
Romania Irina Mirt
Poland Katarzyna Nadolska
Norway Hege Steinlund
Sweden Jenny Palmqvist

Group stage

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR 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
Argentina 1–2 Canada
Manicler Goal 85' Report Chapman Goal 27'
Lang Goal 72'
China PR 2–1 Sweden
Xu Yuan Goal 6'
Han Duan Goal 72'
Report Schelin Goal 38'
Sweden 1–0 Argentina
Fischer Goal 57' Report
Canada 1–1 China PR
Sinclair Goal 34' Report Xu Yuan Goal 36'
China PR 2–0 Argentina
Han Duan Goal 52'
Gu Yasha Goal 90'
Report
Sweden 2–1 Canada
Schelin Goal 19'51' Report Tancredi Goal 63'

Group F

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
North Korea 1–0 Nigeria
Kim Kyong-hwa Goal 27' Report
Nigeria 0–1 Germany
Report Stegemann Goal 65'
Brazil 2–1 North Korea
Daniela Goal 14'
Marta Goal 23'
Report Ri Kum-suk Goal 90'
North Korea 0–1 Germany
Report Mittag Goal 86'
Nigeria 1–3 Brazil
Nkwocha Goal 19' (pen.) Report Cristiane Goal 34'35'45+3'

Group G

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 Goal 72' (pen.)
Sawa Goal 86'
Report Yallop Goal 37'
Hearn Goal 56' (pen.)
Norway 2–0 United States
Larsen Kaurin Goal 2'
Wiik Goal 4'
Report
United States 1–0 Japan
Lloyd Goal 27' Report
New Zealand 0–1 Norway
Report Wiik Goal 8'
Norway 1–5 Japan
Knutsen Goal 27' Report Kinga Goal 31'
Følstad Goal 51' (o.g.)
Ohno Goal 52'
Sawa Goal 71'
Hara Goal 83'
United States 4–0 New Zealand
O'Reilly Goal 1'
Rodriguez Goal 43'
Tarpley Goal 56'
Hucles Goal 60'
Report

Ranking of third-placed teams

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

  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 PR 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

United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Canada
Hucles Goal 12'
Kai Goal 101'
Report Sinclair Goal 30'
Brazil 2–1 Norway
Daniela Goal 43'
Marta Goal 57'
Report Nordby Goal 83' (pen.)
Sweden 0–2 (a.e.t.) Germany
Report Garefrekes Goal 104'
Laudehr Goal 115'
China PR 0–2 Japan
Report Sawa Goal 15'
Nagasato Goal 80'

Semi-finals

Brazil 4–1 Germany
Formiga Goal 43'
Cristiane Goal 49'76'
Marta Goal 53'
Report Prinz Goal 10'
United States 4–2 Japan
Hucles Goal 41'80'
Chalupny Goal 44'
O'Reilly Goal 70'
Report Ohno Goal 16'
Arakawa Goal 90+3'

Bronze medal match

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Germany 2–0 Japan
Bajramaj Goal 68'87' Report

Gold medal match

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

Final ranking

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States (USA) 6 5 0 1 12 5 +7 15
2  Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
3  Germany (GER) 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13
4  Japan (JPN) 6 2 1 3 11 10 +1 7
5  China (CHN) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
6  Sweden (SWE) 4 2 0 2 4 5 −1 6
7  Norway (NOR) 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6
8  Canada (CAN) 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
9  North Korea (PRK) 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
10  New Zealand (NZL) 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
11  Argentina (ARG) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
11  Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0

Statistics

Goalscorers

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

References

  1. ^ Homewood, Brian (2008-08-22). "U.S. retain gold against Brazil in women's soccer | Reuters". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  2. ^ Homewood, Brian (2008-08-19). "Brazil seek first major title in women's soccer". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-09-15.

External links

2008 in Chinese football

Detail of 2008 Chinese football season.

Vanina Correa

Vanina Noemí Correa (born 13 August 1983) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Rosario Central and the Argentina women's national team. She has played for Renato Cesarini, Boca Juniors and Social Lux in her country.

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