Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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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
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (3rd title)
Runners-upFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Third placeFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
Fourth placeFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane (5 goals)
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2012

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.

Association football Team field sport

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.

2008 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIX Olympiad, held in Beijing in 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 8 to 24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.

Beijing Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's third most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of China.

Contents

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]

United States womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing the United States

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 Cups, 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 Brazil women's national football team played their first game on 22 July 1986 against the United States, losing 2–1.

Carli Lloyd American association football player

Carli Anne Lloyd is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, and a three-time Olympian. She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team as a midfielder. Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She captained the United States to victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as appeared in the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Qualifying

Countries of women's tournament Participating countries in women's football at the 2008 Olympics.PNG
Countries of women's tournament

A National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team for the football competition.

National Olympic Committee national constituent of the worldwide Olympic movement

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) is a national constituent of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee, NOCs are responsible for organizing their people's participation in the Olympic Games. They may nominate cities within their respective areas as candidates for future Olympic Games. NOCs also promote the development of athletes and training of coaches and officials at a national level within their geographies.

Means of completionDate of completionVenueBerthsQualified
Host nation1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
AFC Preliminary Competition February 2007 – August 20072Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
CAF Preliminary Competition October 2006 – March 20081Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition October 2007 – April 2008 Flag of Mexico.svg Ciudad Juárez 2Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2006 Sudamericano Femenino November 10–26, 2006 Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata 1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying August 25 – September 7, 2007
March 8, 2008
Flag of Samoa.svg Apia
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Port Moresby
1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)*September 10–30, 2007Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2*Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden) November 8, 2007
November 28, 2007
Flag of Denmark.svg Viborg
Flag of Sweden.svg Solna
1*Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil)April 19, 2008 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
TOTAL12

Sweden women's national football team won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers. The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Denmark womens national football team womens national association football team representing Denmark

The Denmark women's national football team represents Denmark in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU).

Seeding

Pot 1: AsiaPot 2: AmericasPot 3: EuropePot 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

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).

The men's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in the People's Republic of China from 7 August to 23 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their men's under-23 teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 15 teams, plus the host nation, reached the final tournament. Men's teams were allowed to augment their squads with up to three players over the age of 23.

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 321052+37Qualified for the quarterfinals
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 320143+16
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 31114404
4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 30031540
Source: [ citation needed ]
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Manicler Soccerball shade.svg 85' Report Chapman Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Lang Soccerball shade.svg 72'

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg2–1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Xu Yuan Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Han Duan Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Report Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 38'

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Fischer Soccerball shade.svg 57' Report

Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg1–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 34' Report Xu Yuan Soccerball shade.svg 36'

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg2–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Han Duan Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Gu Yasha Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg2–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 19', 51' Report Tancredi Soccerball shade.svg 63'

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 321052+37Qualified for the quarterfinals
2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 321020+27
3Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 31022313
4Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 30031540
Source: [ citation needed ]
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg0–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Shenyang Olympic Stadium, Shenyang
Attendance: 20,703
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)

North Korea  Flag of North Korea.svg1–0Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Kim Kyong-hwa Soccerball shade.svg 27' Report

Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg0–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report Stegemann Soccerball shade.svg 65'

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg2–1Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Daniela Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Report Ri Kum-suk Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Shenyang Olympic Stadium, Shenyang
Attendance: 19,616
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)

North Korea  Flag of North Korea.svg0–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report Mittag Soccerball shade.svg 86'

Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg1–3Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Nkwocha Soccerball shade.svg 19' (pen.) Report Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 34', 35', 45+3'

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 320152+36Qualified for the quarterfinals
2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 32014516
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 311174+34
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30122751
Source: [ citation needed ]
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2–2Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 72' (pen.)
Sawa Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Report Yallop Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Hearn Soccerball shade.svg 56' (pen.)


United States  Flag of the United States.svg1–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 27' Report

New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg0–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Report Wiik Soccerball shade.svg 8'

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Knutsen Soccerball shade.svg 27' Report Kinga Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Følstad Soccerball shade.svg 51' (o.g.)
Ohno Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Sawa Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Hara Soccerball shade.svg 83'

United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
O'Reilly Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Tarpley Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Hucles Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report

Ranking of third-placed teams

TeamPld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 311174+34
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 31114404
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 31022313

Knockout stage

 QuarterfinalsSemifinalsGold medal match
              
 F1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2 
G2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1 
 F1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4 
 F2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 
E2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0
 F2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2 
  F1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0
 G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1
 E1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0 
G3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 
 G3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2Bronze medal match
 G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4 
G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2F2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
 E3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1 G3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0

Quarter-finals

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Hucles Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Kai Soccerball shade.svg 101'
Report Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 26,129
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg2–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Daniela Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Report Nordby Soccerball shade.svg 83' (pen.)
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Tianjin
Attendance: 26,174
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg0–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report Garefrekes Soccerball shade.svg 104'
Laudehr Soccerball shade.svg 115'

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg0–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report Sawa Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 80'

Semi-finals

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg4–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Formiga Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 49', 76'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Report Prinz Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 26,976
Referee: Hong Eun-ah (Korea Republic)

United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Hucles Soccerball shade.svg 41', 80'
Chalupny Soccerball shade.svg 44'
O'Reilly Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Report Ohno Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Arakawa Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 50,937
Referee: Nicole Petignat (Switzerland)

Bronze medal match

Bronze medal icon.svg Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Bajramaj Soccerball shade.svg 68', 87' Report
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 49,285
Referee: Estela Álvarez (Argentina)

Gold medal match

Silver medal icon.svg Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg0–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States Gold medal icon.svg
Report Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 96'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 51,612
Referee: Dagmar Damkova (Czech Republic)

Final ranking

RankTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)6501125+715
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)6411115+613
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)641174+313
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)62131110+17
5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)421154+17
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)420245–16
7Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)420257–26
8Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)411256−14
9Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)310223−13
10Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)301227−51
11Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)300315−40
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR)300315−40

Statistics

Goalscorers

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

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