|Dates||January 19–29, 2012|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Goals scored||81 (5.4 per match)|
|Attendance||120,898 (8,060 per match)|
The 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament was an association football competition used to determine the two participants who would compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics.It was held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from January 19–29, 2012.
The CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament is an international football (soccer) event in the North America, Central America and the Caribbean region, and is the qualification tournament for the Olympic Games.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
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.
Thirteen teams, eight from the Caribbean and five from Central America, competed to join automatic qualifiers Canada, Mexico and the United States in the eight-team final tournament.
There will be a qualification held to determine the three qualifiers from the Caribbean and two from Central America who will join Canada, Mexico and the United States at the final tournament.
The Canada women's national soccer team is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
The Mexico women's national football team is governed by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol.
Caribbean qualification took place as two groups of four teams that competed from 29 June to 9 July. Cuba and Haiti qualified from group A with seven points each, and were joined by the Dominican Republic from group B who won their group with nine points.
UNCAF's two slots were determined by a five-team group that competed from 30 September to 8 October. Costa Rica won the group without dropping any points, and were joined by Guatemala who only lost to Costa Rica.
The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol, more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF, represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.
Draw for the group stage was held on 24 October,with schedules announced two days later.
The United States' 14–0 victory over the Dominican Republic on January 20 set a tournament record for the largest margin of victory.
The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.
The Dominican Republic women's national football team is overseen by the Federación Dominicana de Fútbol.
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|Key to colours in group tables|
|Advanced to Semi-finals|
| Costa Rica ||2–0|
| Rosales |
| Canada ||6–0|
| Julien |
| Haiti ||0–2|
|Report|| Acosta |
| Canada ||2–0|
| Sinclair |
| Cuba ||0–3|
|Report|| Boulos |
| Mexico ||5–0|
| Diaz |
| Dominican Republic ||0–14|
|Report|| Wambach |
| Mexico ||7–0|
| Saucedo |
| United States ||13–0|
| Wambach |
| Guatemala ||6–0|
| Pineda |
| United States ||3–0|
| Heath |
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