Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Kingdom
Dates (2012-07-25) (2012-08-09)25 July 9 August 2012
(15 days)
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (4th title)
Runners-upFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Third placeFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Fourth placeFlag of France.svg  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored70 (2.69 per match)
Attendance661,016 (25,424 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christine Sinclair
(6 goals)
2008
2016

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.

Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics 2012 edition of the association football torunaments during the Olympic Summer Games

The association football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held from 25 July to 11 August, and was the only sport to begin before the official opening day of the Olympic Games, two days before the opening ceremony. It was also the only sport to be held at multiple venues outside London, with Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Coventry and Cardiff all hosting matches. The finals were played at Wembley Stadium. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to send their senior women's and men's under-23 national teams to participate; men's teams were allowed to augment their squads with three players over the age of 23. Five hundred and four football players competed for two sets of gold medals.

2012 Summer Olympics Games of the XXX Olympiad, held in London in 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London, United Kingdom. The first event, the group stage in women's football, began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, followed by the opening ceremony on 27 July. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Contents

Qualifying

Each National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team in the football tournament.

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 qualificationDate of completionVenue 1 BerthsQualified
Host nation2005none1Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
AFC Preliminary Competition 11 September 2011Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China [1] 2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
CAF Preliminary Competition 22 October 2011 [2] multiple 2Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 29 January 2012Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada [3] 2Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
CONMEBOL Preliminary Competition 21 November 2010Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
OFC Preliminary Competition 4 April 2012 multiple 1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Best UEFA teams in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup 17 July 2011Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of France.svg  France
TOTAL12

Draw

The draw for the tournament took place on 24 April 2012. [4] Great Britain, Japan and the United States were seeded for the draw and placed into groups E–G, respectively. [5] The remaining teams were drawn from four pots. [6]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

Squads

The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players.

Match officials

On 19 April 2012, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics. [7]

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

Preliminary round

Group winners and runners-up and the two best third-ranked teams advanced to the quarter-finals (also see Tie breakers).

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Group E

Great Britain vs New Zealand Millennium Stadium GBR-NZL.jpg
Great Britain vs New Zealand
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 330050+59Qualified for the quarter-finals
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 320161+56
3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 31023303
4Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 3003111100
Source: [ citation needed ]
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg1–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Houghton Soccerball shade.svg 64' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,445 [8]
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg0–5Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report Francielle Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Costa Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 73' (pen.), 88'
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 30,847 [9]
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg0–1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 30,103 [10]
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg3–0Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Stoney Soccerball shade.svg 18'
J. Scott Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Houghton Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 31,141 [11]
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)

New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg3–1Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Sonkeng Soccerball shade.svg 49' (o.g.)
Gregorius Soccerball shade.svg 62'
Report Onguene Soccerball shade.svg 75'

Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg1–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Houghton Soccerball shade.svg 2' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,584 [13]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 312063+35Qualified for the quarter-finals
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 312021+15
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 311164+24
4Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30121761
Source: [ citation needed ]
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Kawasumi Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Report Tancredi Soccerball shade.svg 55'

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg4–1Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Fischer Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Dahlkvist Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 21', 63'
Report Modise Soccerball shade.svg 60'

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–0Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Report
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 14,160 [16]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg3–0Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Tancredi Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 58', 86'
Report

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–0Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,202 [18]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg2–2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Tancredi Soccerball shade.svg 43', 84' Report Hammarström Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Jakobsson Soccerball shade.svg 16'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 12,719 [19]
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 330082+69Qualified for the quarter-finals
2Flag of France.svg  France 320184+46
3Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 31022643
4Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 30030660
Source: [ citation needed ]
United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–2Flag of France.svg  France
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 19'
Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 32', 66'
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Report Thiney Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Delie Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 18,090 [20]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg0–2Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Report Kim Song-hui Soccerball shade.svg 39', 85'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 18,900 [21]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

United States  Flag of the United States.svg3–0Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 11,313 [22]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

France  Flag of France.svg5–0Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Georges Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Thomis Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Delie Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Renard Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Catala Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 11,743 [23]
Referee: Thérèse Neguel (Cameroon)

United States  Flag of the United States.svg1–0Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 25' Report
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 29,522 [24]
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

France  Flag of France.svg1–0Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Thomis Soccerball shade.svg 5' Report
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 13,184 [25]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

† Game delayed by one hour due to North Korean protest after accidental use of South Korean flag for North Korea. [26]

Ranking of third-placed teams

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 311164+24
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 31023303
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 31022643
Source: [ citation needed ]
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals

Knockout stage

 Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
              
 E1Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 0 
F3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2 
 F3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3 
 G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States (aet)4 
G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 E3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0 
  G1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 F2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1
 F1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1 
G2Flag of France.svg  France 2 
 G2Flag of France.svg  France 1Bronze medal match
 F2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 
E2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0F3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1
 F2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 G2Flag of France.svg  France 0

Quarter-finals

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–2Flag of France.svg  France
Fischer Soccerball shade.svg 18' Report Georges Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Renard Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 12,869 [27]
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Leroux Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 10,441 [28]
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg0–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report Ōgimi Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Ohno Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 28,528 [29]
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (Finland)

Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg0–2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Report Filigno Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 26'
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 28,828 [30]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Semi-finals

France  Flag of France.svg1–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Le Sommer Soccerball shade.svg 76' Report Ōgimi Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Sakaguchi Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 61,482 [31]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg3–4 (a.e.t.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 22', 67', 73' Report Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 54' (cnr.), 70'
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 80' (pen.)
Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 120+3'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 26,630 [32]
Referee: Christina Pedersen (Norway)

Bronze medal match

Bronze medal icon.svg Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg1–0Flag of France.svg  France
Matheson Soccerball shade.svg 90+2' Report

Gold medal match

Gold medal icon.svg United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Silver medal icon.svg
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 8', 54' Report Ōgimi Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,203 [34]
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

Final ranking

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)6600166+1018
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)632174+311
3Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)6312128+410
4Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)6303118+39
5Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)430152+39
6Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)420263+36
7Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)412175+25
8Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)41033523
9Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)31022643
10Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA)30121761
11Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)30030660
12Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR)3003111100
Source: [ citation needed ]

Statistics

Goalscorers

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

Discipline

Red cards
Match bans

Notable events and controversies

North Korea – South Korea flag confusion

In the first day of the Olympic events on 25 July, the match between DPR Korea and Colombia was delayed by a little over an hour because the flag of South Korea was mistakenly displayed on the electronic scoreboard in Hampden Park. The North Korean team walked off the pitch in protest at seeing the South Korean flag displayed by their names and refused to warm-up whilst the flag was being displayed. They also objected to the South Korean flag being displayed above the stadium, even though the flags of all the competing countries were being displayed. The game then commenced after a delay and rectification of the error. [36]

Andy Mitchell, venue media manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), read out a LOCOG statement shortly afterwards: [37] [38]

"Today ahead of the Women’s football match at Hampden Park, the South Korean flag was shown on a big screen video package instead of the North Korean flag. Clearly that is a mistake, we will apologise to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again".

LOCOG's statement had to be reissued because it failed to use the nations' official titles, "Republic of Korea" and "Democratic People's Republic of Korea". [39]

British Prime Minister David Cameron added that it was an "honest mistake" and efforts would be undertaken to ensure such a mishap does not recur. However, North Korean manager Sin Ui-gun expressed reservations about whether the incident was a mistake of intention and said: "We were angry because our players were introduced as if they were from South Korea, which may affect us greatly as you may know. Our team was not going to participate unless the problem was solved perfectly and fortunately some time later, the broadcasting was corrected and shown again live so we made up our mind to participate and go on with the match. If this matter cannot be solved, we thought going on was nonsense. Winning the game cannot compensate for that thing". [40]

Canada–United States semi-final

During the semi-final match between Canada and the United States, a time-wasting call was made against the Canadian goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, when she held the ball longer than the allowed six seconds. This violation is intended to be used during instances of time-wasting and is called in international play, but very rarely. [41] As a result, the American side was awarded a indirect free-kick in the box. On the ensuing play, Canada was penalized for a handball in the penalty box, with the American team being awarded a penalty kick, which Abby Wambach converted to tie the game at 3–3. The Americans went on to win the match in extra time, advancing to the gold medal game. [42] [43] After the match, Canada forward Christine Sinclair stated, "the ref decided the result before the game started." FIFA responded by stating that the refereeing decisions were correct and saying it was considering disciplinary action against Sinclair, but that any disciplinary action would be postponed until after the end of the tournament. [44] [45] [46]

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