|Host country||United Kingdom|
|Dates||25 July – 9 August 2012|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 6 host cities)|
|Goals scored||70 (2.69 per match)|
|Attendance||661,016 (25,424 per match)|
| Football at the|
2012 Summer Olympics
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.
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.
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 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.
Each National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team in the football tournament.
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 qualification||Date of completion||Venue 1||Berths||Qualified|
|AFC Preliminary Competition||11 September 2011||2|
|CAF Preliminary Competition||22 October 2011||multiple||2|
|CONCACAF Preliminary Competition||29 January 2012||2|
|CONMEBOL Preliminary Competition||21 November 2010||2|
|OFC Preliminary Competition||4 April 2012||multiple||1|
|Best UEFA teams in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup||17 July 2011||2|
The draw for the tournament took place on 24 April 2012.Great Britain, Japan and the United States were seeded for the draw and placed into groups E–G, respectively. The remaining teams were drawn from four pots.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players.
On 19 April 2012, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics.
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.
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).
|1||3||3||0||0||5||0||+5||9||Qualified for the quarter-finals|
| Great Britain ||1–0|
| Houghton ||Report|
| Cameroon ||0–5|
|Report|| Francielle |
| New Zealand ||0–1|
|Report|| Cristiane |
| Great Britain ||3–0|
| Stoney |
| New Zealand ||3–1|
| Smith |
|Report|| Onguene |
|1||3||1||2||0||6||3||+3||5||Qualified for the quarter-finals|
| Japan ||2–1|
| Kawasumi |
|Report|| Tancredi |
| Sweden ||4–1|
| Fischer |
|Report|| Modise |
| Japan ||0–0|
| Canada ||3–0|
| Tancredi |
| Japan ||0–0|
|1||3||3||0||0||8||2||+6||9||Qualified for the quarter-finals|
| United States ||4–2|
| Wambach |
|Report|| Thiney |
| Colombia ||0–2|
|Report|| Kim Song-hui |
| United States ||3–0|
| Rapinoe |
| France ||5–0|
| Georges |
| United States ||1–0|
| Wambach ||Report|
| France ||1–0|
| Thomis ||Report|
† Game delayed by one hour due to North Korean protest after accidental use of South Korean flag for North Korea.
|Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals|
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|G2||1||Bronze medal match|
| Sweden ||1–2|
| Fischer ||Report|| Georges |
| United States ||2–0|
| Wambach |
| Brazil ||0–2|
|Report|| Ōgimi |
| France ||1–2|
| Le Sommer ||Report|| Ōgimi |
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.
Andy Mitchell, venue media manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), read out a LOCOG statement shortly afterwards:
"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".
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".
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.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. 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.
France competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, between 27 July and 12 August 2012. French athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era. The French Olympic Committee sent a total of 330 athletes to the Games, 183 men and 147 women, to compete in 24 sports.
Japan, represented by Japanese Olympic Committee, competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Despite being London's third Olympic games, Japan marked their London debut at this games. The nation also celebrated its centennial anniversary in the Olympics, having participated at every games since 1912 except for two editions; it was not invited to the 1948 Summer Olympics in London for its instigation of World War II, and was also part of the US-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Japan sent a total of 295 athletes to the Games, 138 men and 157 women, to compete in 24 sports.
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