Great Britain women's Olympic football team

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Great Britain
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Association The FA
Head coach Phil Neville
Captain Vacant
Most caps 11 players (5)
Top scorer Steph Houghton (3)
FIFA code GBR
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First international
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(Middlesbrough, United Kingdom; 20 July 2012)
Biggest win
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(Cardiff, United Kingdom; 28 July 2012)
Biggest defeat
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(Coventry, United Kingdom; 3 August 2012)
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (first in 2012 )
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2012

The Great Britain women's Olympic football team (also known as Team GB; or occasionally Great Britain and Northern Ireland) represents the United Kingdom in the women's football tournament at the Olympic Games. Normally, no team represents the whole of the United Kingdom in women's football, as separate teams compete for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the World Cup and the European Championship.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Football at the Summer Olympics football competition

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Olympic Games Major international sport event

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Women's football was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1996, but Great Britain did not enter the football events at this time. This changed when the 2012 Summer Olympics were hosted by London, as an Olympic football team was created to take the automatic qualifying place of the host nation. Following an agreement between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and The Football Association (FA), which operates the England team, the FA selected the British team, which could include players from across the United Kingdom. The team reached the quarter-finals, losing to Canada.

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 ceremonies on 27 July. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union. 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.

British Olympic Association National Olympic Committee of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for the United Kingdom. It represents the Olympic movement and organises the participation of athletes from across the Olympic sports which competes as Great Britain at both the summer and winter Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, at the summer and winter European Youth Olympic Festivals and at the European Games.

FIFA stated that they would not allow entry of a British team in future Olympics unless all four Home Nations agreed. No agreement was reached ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics, but a deal was formed for the 2020 tournament. Great Britain has qualified for that tournament, as England has secured one of the top three places among European teams at the 2019 World Cup.

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2020 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo

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Background

When the Football Association (FA) was formed in 1863, its geographical remit was not clear: there was no specification of whether it covered just England, the entire UK or even the entire world. The question was answered when the Scottish Football Association (SFA) was founded in 1873. Football associations for Wales and Ireland (later Northern Ireland) were founded in 1876 and 1880 respectively. Football therefore developed with separate national teams representing each of the countries of the United Kingdom and no 'United Kingdom football association' was ever formed. A Great Britain Olympic football team was selected by the FA for men's Olympic football between 1908 and 1972, but the UK had stopped entering teams into the Olympic football tournament by the time of the first women's football competition in 1996.

The Football Association governing body of association football in England

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

Scottish Football Association governing body of association football in Scotland

The Scottish Football Association is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the Scottish Football Union, which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.

Football Association of Wales governing body of association football in Wales

The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football and futsal in Wales, and controls the Welsh national football team, its corresponding women's team, as well as the Welsh national futsal team. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.

London 2012

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The Great Britain team before their first match in the Olympic tournament.

Due to London's successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the United Kingdom had the right to enter a team in the football tournament as host nation. [1] The British Olympic Association stated it would enter a football team, [2] but the Scottish Football Association (SFA) refused even to attend meetings at which the Home Nations were to discuss the possibility [3] and the Football Association of Wales withdrew from the negotiations. [4] In October 2007 the Irish Football Association (the association for Northern Ireland) also announced that they would not take part in a unified team, leaving the Football Association (England) as the only association willing to take part. It was reported that the other associations feared the loss of their privileged voting position within the International Football Association Board. [5] [6]

Home Nations The individual nations within the United Kingdom

The Home Nations, or Home Countries, refer collectively to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and in certain sports include the whole island of Ireland. The term "Home Nations" is used in this second sense partly because Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have a unified association structure in certain sports, such as the Irish Rugby Football Union and Cricket Ireland. Formerly, the term was applied in general in this same wider sense, such as the period between 1801 and 1922, when the whole island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. The synonymous "Home Countries" is also sometimes used.

Irish Football Association governing body of association football in Northern Ireland

The Irish Football Association (IFA) is the governing body for association football in Northern Ireland. It organised the Ireland national football team from 1880 to 1950, which after 1954, became the Northern Ireland national football team.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the body that determines the Laws of the Game of association football. IFAB was founded in 1886 to agree standardised Laws for international competition, and has since acted as the "guardian" of the internationally used Laws. Since its establishment in 1904, FIFA, the sport's top governing body, has recognised IFAB's jurisdiction over the Laws. IFAB is known to take a highly conservative attitude regarding changes to the Laws of the Game.

As England had reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, Great Britain had qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. They were unable to participate in the Games as the national football associations failed to reach an agreement, [7] [8] and they were replaced in the tournament by Sweden. Nevertheless, the BOA decided that a women's team would compete in London 2012.

2007 FIFA Womens World Cup 2007 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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.

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 8–24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.

Sweden womens national football team womens national association football team representing Sweden

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.

Following an initial announcement in May 2009 of a compromise, in which the FA would select a team of only English players to compete at London, [9] an FA statement in June 2011 claimed that after discussions with all British football associations and the BOA that they would enter a team selected from across the United Kingdom. [10] That announcement angered the other British football associations, who claimed not to have been consulted on the decision, but the SFA admitted that it would have no grounds for preventing Scottish players from competing in the team. [11] In November 2011 the Professional Footballers' Association warned the SFA, FAW and IFA against trying to "intimidate" players into not taking part. [12]

In June 2011 Arsenal Ladies striker Julie Fleeting, Scotland's record goalscorer, ruled herself out of contention. She concurred with the opinion of her father Jim—the SFA's director of football development—that participation may "jeopardise" the Scottish national team. [13] Fleeting's teammate for club and country Kim Little took the opposite view: "I don't see why anyone would want to stop a player from playing at a massive tournament like the Olympics, it's the biggest sporting event ever. If I get the opportunity I'll grab it with both hands – I would definitely play." [5] Fellow Scots Rachel Corsie and Jennifer Beattie also expressed interest, [14] as well as Everton's Welsh winger Gwennan Harries. [15]

In October 2011, England manager Hope Powell was appointed head coach of the women's team. [16] Powell began the process of selecting the squad by writing to all the players whom she wanted to consider for the team, offering them the opportunity to exclude themselves from consideration for the squad. It was confirmed in January 2012 that none of the players who had been contacted had asked to withdraw. [17] In June 2012 The Belfast Telegraph reported that three Northern Ireland players had been selected in the final squad. [18] One of the players concerned, Sunderland's Sarah McFadden, dismissed the report: "I haven't received anything about being in final squad... Wish it was true but unfortunately not." [19]

Results

Great Britain were placed in group E for the Olympic tournament prior to the draw, with their first two matches due to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. [20] The draw was held on 24 April 2012 and added New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil to Great Britain's group. [21] Two days after the draw, it was announced that Great Britain's single warm-up game prior to the start of the tournament would be against Sweden at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on 20 July. [22]

The first ever game for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team was a behind closed doors training match win against South Africa, it was part of the preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics and took place in Birmingham, England on 15 July 2012. [23] The first official game was a goalless draw against Sweden on 20 July.

Friendlies
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Report
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Referee: Florence Guillemin
Group Stage
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg1–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
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Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,445 [24]
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)
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Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 31,141 [25]
Referee: Hong Eun-Ah (South Korea)
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,584 [26]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
Quarter-final
Great Britain  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg0–2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
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City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
Attendance: 28,828 [27]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Squad

The following players were named in the squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The squad consisted of 16 English and two Scottish players. [28] No Welsh or Northern Irish players were selected, although one Northern Irish player was named as a standby. Dunia Susi was called into the squad from the standby list when Ifeoma Dieke suffered ruptured knee ligaments during Team GB's 3–0 win over Cameroon in the second group match. [29]

Caps and goals updated as of 4 August 2012.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Flag of England.svg Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14)14 October 1984 (aged 27)50 Flag of Sweden.svg Linköping
181 GK Flag of England.svg Rachel Brown (1980-07-02)2 July 1980 (aged 32)10 Flag of England.svg Everton
22 DF Flag of England.svg Alex Scott (1984-10-14)14 October 1984 (aged 27)50 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
32 DF Flag of England.svg Steph Houghton (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 24)53 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
52 DF Flag of England.svg Sophie Bradley (1989-10-21)21 October 1989 (aged 22)40 Flag of England.svg Lincoln Ladies
62 DF Flag of England.svg Casey Stoney (1982-05-13)13 May 1982 (aged 30)51 Flag of England.svg Lincoln Ladies
132 DF Flag of Scotland.svg Ifeoma Dieke (1981-02-26)26 February 1981 (aged 31)30 Flag of Sweden.svg Vittsjö GIK
162 DF Flag of England.svg Claire Rafferty (1989-01-11)11 January 1989 (aged 23)10 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
192 DF Flag of England.svg Dunia Susi (1987-08-11)11 August 1987 (aged 24)00 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
43 MF Flag of England.svg Jill Scott (1987-02-02)2 February 1987 (aged 25)51 Flag of England.svg Everton
83 MF Flag of England.svg Fara Williams (1984-01-25)25 January 1984 (aged 28)50 Flag of England.svg Everton
123 MF Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little (1990-06-29)29 June 1990 (aged 22)50 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
143 MF Flag of England.svg Anita Asante (1985-04-27)27 April 1985 (aged 27)50 Flag of Sweden.svg Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
74 FW Flag of England.svg Karen Carney (1987-08-01)1 August 1987 (aged 24)50 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
94 FW Flag of England.svg Ellen White (1989-05-09)9 May 1989 (aged 23)40 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
104 FW Flag of England.svg Kelly Smith (1978-10-29)29 October 1978 (aged 33)40 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
114 FW Flag of England.svg Rachel Yankey (1979-11-01)1 November 1979 (aged 32)50 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
154 FW Flag of England.svg Eniola Aluko (1987-02-21)21 February 1987 (aged 25)50 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
174 FW Flag of England.svg Rachel Williams (1988-01-10)10 January 1988 (aged 24)10 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
Reserve players
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Ulster Banner.svg Emma Higgins (1986-05-15)15 May 1986 (aged 26)00 Flag of Iceland.svg KR
4 FW Flag of England.svg Jessica Clarke (1989-05-05)5 May 1989 (aged 23)00 Flag of England.svg Lincoln Ladies
4 FW Flag of Scotland.svg Jane Ross (1989-09-18)18 September 1989 (aged 22)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City

Tokyo 2020

After the team was eliminated from the 2012 Olympics, head coach Hope Powell expressed her wish that a team would be entered in future Olympic tournaments. [30] In June 2013, while giving evidence to the House of Lords' Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee, the Football Association indicated that they would be prepared to run women's teams at future Olympic tournaments subject to one of the home nations meeting the qualification criteria (i.e. being one of the top three European nations at the Women's World Cup). [31] However, following strong objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the Football Association announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the 2016 Summer Olympics tournament. [32] The third-place finish England secured at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup would have qualified Great Britain for the Olympics. [33]

In June 2015, British Olympic Association chief Bill Sweeney announced a campaign to get the team reinstated for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. [34] In 2018, Baroness Campbell, the FA's Head of Women's Football, indicated that there was a willingness on the part of the other three Home Nations to allow the Football Association the opportunity to run a football team for the 2020 Olympics. [35] An agreement was reached between the four associations ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics that the highest ranked of the four home nations would be nominated to take the Olympic place, should the qualifying criteria be achieved. As a consequence, although both England and Scotland qualified for the 2019 World Cup (which is used by UEFA as the qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics), only England were eligible to compete for an Olympic qualifying place. [36] By reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, England secured one of the three qualifying places allocated to UEFA. [37] [38]

Olympic record

Olympics record
YearResultPositionMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGA
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Did not enter
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Quarter-final5th430152
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Did not enter
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 Qualified
Flag of France.svg 2024 TBD
Flag of the United States.svg 2028
Total2/7T-5th430152

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