|Dates||6 August – 21 August|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||64 (2.46 per match)|
|Attendance||740,014 (28,462 per match)|
| Football at the|
2008 Summer Olympics
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, 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 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 8–24 August 2008 in Beijing, 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 the 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.
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.
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 four Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. It medaled in every 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 United States women's national soccer team recently just won the 2019 World Cup for the 4th time by defeating Netherlands 2-0.
The Brazil women's national football team represents Brazil in women's association football and is run by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). It has participated in eight editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup, finishing as runner-up in 2007, and seven editions of the Copa América Femenina.
Carli Anne Hollins is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time 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 appearing in the 2007, 2011, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Lloyd has made over 280 appearances for the U.S. national team, placing her third in caps, and has the fourth-most goals and seventh-most assists for the team.
A National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team for the football competition.
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 completion||Date of completion||Venue||Berths||Qualified|
|AFC Preliminary Competition||February 2007 – August 2007||–||2|
|CAF Preliminary Competition||October 2006 – March 2008||–||1|
|CONCACAF Preliminary Competition||October 2007 – April 2008||2|
|2006 Sudamericano Femenino||November 10–26, 2006||1|
|OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying||August 25 – September 7, 2007|
March 8, 2008
|UEFA (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup)*||September 10–30, 2007||2*|
|UEFA Playoff (Denmark vs Sweden)||November 8, 2007|
November 28, 2007
|CAF-CONMEBOL Playoff (Ghana vs Brazil)||April 19, 2008||1|
The Sweden women's national football team represents Sweden in international women's football competition and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The national team has 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, eight World Cups, as well as ten European Championships. Sweden won bronze medals at the World Cups in 1991, 2011 and 2019.
The Denmark women's national football team represents Denmark in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU).
|Pot 1: Asia||Pot 2: Americas||Pot 3: Europe||Pot 4: Rest of the World|
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.
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)
|1||3||2||1||0||5||2||+3||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
| Argentina ||1–2|
| Manicler ||Report|| Chapman |
| China PR ||2–1|
| Xu Yuan |
|Report|| Schelin |
| Sweden ||1–0|
| Fischer ||Report|
| Canada ||1–1|
| Sinclair ||Report|| Xu Yuan |
| China PR ||2–0|
| Han Duan |
|1||3||2||1||0||5||2||+3||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
| Germany ||0–0|
| North Korea ||1–0|
| Kim Kyong-hwa ||Report|
| Nigeria ||0–1|
|Report|| Stegemann |
| Brazil ||2–1|
| Daniela |
|Report|| Ri Kum-suk |
| North Korea ||0–1|
|Report|| Mittag |
|1||3||2||0||1||5||2||+3||6||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
| Japan ||2–2|
| Miyama |
|Report|| Yallop |
| Norway ||2–0|
| Larsen Kaurin |
| United States ||1–0|
| Lloyd ||Report|
| New Zealand ||0–1|
|Report|| Wiik |
| Norway ||1–5|
| Knutsen ||Report|| Kinga |
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Gold medal match|
|G3||2||Bronze medal match|
| United States ||2–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Hucles |
|Report|| Sinclair |
| Brazil ||2–1|
| Daniela |
|Report|| Nordby |
| Sweden ||0–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Report|| Garefrekes |
| Brazil ||4–1|
| Formiga |
|Report|| Prinz |
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Belgium competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. 96 Belgians took part in Beijing, the biggest delegation for the country since 1976. Belgium won 2 gold medal, better than in 2004, when the country won 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.
Japan competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The delegation of athletes and officials were represented by the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Germany competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. A total of 439 athletes were nominated to participate in the Games. The German National Olympic Committee nominated athletes on 29 May, 23 June and 15 July 2008. Reaching the qualification standard set by the relevant sport's international governing body did not automatically mean that the athlete was nominated for Beijing, as the DOSB had stricter qualification standards. An athlete needed to have a somewhat realistic chance for a top 12 position. An exception to this are the team events, as the number of competing teams is already very limited through the IOC standards, and a chance for a respective place is already given by the qualification.
Italy competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, held in Beijing, China. The country sent a delegation of 344 athletes to compete.
Brazil sent a delegation to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in August 2008. Brazilian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games since 1920, except the 1928 Summer Olympics. The country is represented by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Brazil headed to the Beijing Games with its largest Olympic delegation ever, 277 athletes, including a record 132 women. The 17 medals won by Brazil topped the previous medal count record set in 1996, and included the first individual and gold medals by women, by judoka Ketleyn Quadros and jumper Maurren Maggi, respectively. Three of the medals were gold, by Maggi, swimmer César Cielo and the female volleyball team.
China was the host nation of the 2008 Summer Olympics. China was represented by the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), and the team of selected athletes were officially known as Team China.
Sweden sent a team to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. This is a list of all of the Swedish athletes who have qualified for the Olympics.
New Zealand took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The country sent 182 competitors, making this its largest ever delegation to the Olympic Games. It was also one of the most successful, equalling New Zealand's combined medal tally from the previous two Summer games. On 16 August – dubbed "Super Saturday" by journalists – New Zealand had its greatest single day at any Olympics, winning 5 medals: two gold, one silver and two bronze. New Zealand also gained its first Olympic track medal since 1976 when Nick Willis won the silver medal in the men's 1500 metres, becoming the sixth New Zealander to win an Olympic medal in that event. The success at the Olympics has boosted Athletics participation since then.
Norway competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
Argentina competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China, from 8 to 24 August 2008. 137 athletes qualified for the Olympic Games in 19 sports. Emanuel Ginóbili, basketball player and gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Cameroon competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.
Nigeria competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics which were held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008.
Honduras sent a delegation to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Ivory Coast sent a delegation to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Detail of 2008 Chinese football season.
The Ivorian national under-21 football team represents Ivory Coast in international under-21 tournaments.
The Knockout Stage of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was composed of Brazil, China, Norway, Australia, North Korea, United States, England, and defending champions Germany. All the group winners, Germany, Norway and the United States made it to the Semifinals. Both semi-finals were lob sided victories as Germany beat Norway 3–0 and Brazil shocked the United States 4–0.