Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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2012 Women's Olympic football tournament
Tournament details
Host country  United Kingdom
Dates 25 July – 9 August 2012
Teams 12
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (4th title)
Runner-up  Japan
Third place  Canada
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 70 (2.69 per match)
Attendance 568,348 (21,860 per match)
Top scorer(s) Canada Christine Sinclair (6 goals)
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2016

The women's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held in London and 5 other cities in the United Kingdom. This was the first FIFA women's competition in the United Kingdom.

Qualification[change | edit source]

Twelve teams qualified:

Group stage[change | edit source]

Group E[change | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Kingdom Great Britain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Brazil Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
Cameroon Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 11 –10 0

Group F[change | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Sweden Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3 5
Japan Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
Canada Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
South Africa South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 –6 1

In Group F play before the official opening ceremonies, the Japanese team won the first match against Canada at Coventry on July 25 [1] The Japan-South Africa game was a draw with no goals for each team.[2] The Japan-Sweden game was also a draw with no score.[3]

Group G[change | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States United States 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
France France 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
North Korea North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 –4 3
Colombia Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 6 –6 0

In Group G play, the American women won each of three matches.[4]

Ranking of third place teams[change | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Canada Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
North Korea North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 –4 3

Knockout stage[change | edit source]

The tournament had a single-elimination format. When a team lost a match, the competition was ended for them. In other words, when a team won, the women continued to play until only one team remained as the Olympic champion.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
3 August – Coventry        
 United Kingdom Great Britain  0
6 August – Manchester
 Canada Canada  2  
 Canada Canada  3
3 August – Newcastle
   United States United States  4  
 New Zealand New Zealand  0
9 August – London
 United States United States  2  
 United States United States  2
3 August – Glasgow
   Japan Japan  1
 Sweden Sweden  1
6 August – London
 France France  2  
 France France  1
3 August – Cardiff
   Japan Japan  2  
 Brazil Brazil  0
 Japan Japan  2  

In the first match at St James Park in Newcastle between New Zealand and the United States, the 2-0 victory of the US women ended New Zealand's participation in the 2012 games.[5] In the semi-final match at Old Trafford in Manchester, the US women won a 4-3 victory over Canada in the last minute of extra time in overtime.[6]

In the opening match at Cardiff between Brazil and Japan, the Brazilians were forced out of the tournament after losing to Japan 2-0.[7] In the match at Wembley Stadium in London between France and Japan, the Japanese team won 2-1.[8]

Bronze medal match[change | edit source]

9 August 2012
13:00
Canada Canada 1 – 0 France France Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)
Matheson Goal 90' Report

Gold medal match[change | edit source]

The United States women's national soccer team and the Japan women's national football team met in the gold medal match.[9] This was a rematch of teams which played for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match was played at the Wembley Stadium in London on August 9, 2012. The American team won the match 2-1.[10]

9 August 2012
19:45
United States United States 2 – 1 Japan Japan Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)
Lloyd Goal 8'54' Report Ōgimi Goal 63'

Statistics[change | edit source]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. London2012, "Japan start with a win"; retrieved 2012-7-25.
  2. Japan-South Africa, July 31 at London2012.com; retrieved 2012-8-6.
  3. ABCNews.com, "Sweden Holds Japan to 0-0 Tie at Olympics," July 31, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-6.
  4. USSoccer.com, 2012 Olympic Games; retrieved 2012-8-7.
  5. Woodcock, Fred. "Football Ferns eliminated by USA in quarters," Stuff.co.nz, 4 August 2012; retrieved 2012-8-7.
  6. Borden, Sam. "U.S. Women Win a Thriller on a Header," New York Times (US). August 7, 2012; excerpt, "Suddenly, a pink headband rose high in the air and Alex Morgan, the speedy American star forward, used her head to send the ball on a perfect arc, just over the goalkeeper’s hand and just under the crossbar, for a 4-3 victory"; see also, Jerry Hinman. "U.S. 4, Canada 3: A match great beyond great," CBSSports, August 6, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-7.
  7. "Brazil make shock exit from women's football event after losing to Japan 2-0," The Telegraph (UK). August 3, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-3.
  8. "Japan reaches women’s football final after holding on to beat France 2-1," Washington Post (US), August 6, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-6.
  9. US Woman's National Team, "USA-JPN: Lineups Are In," August 18, 2012; excerpt, USA: 1-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 15-Kate Markgraf, 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone-Capt.; 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 5-Lindsay Tarpley; 16-Angela Hucles, 8-Amy Rodriguez ... JPN: 1-Miho Fukumoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Hiromi Ikeda, 4-Azusa Iwashimizu, 7-Kozue Ando; 14-Kyoko Yano, 8-Aya Miyama, 10-Homare Sawa, 15-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 11-Shinobu Ohno, 17-Yuki Nagasato; retrieved 2012-8-29.
  10. Parker, Graham. "Olympic women's soccer 2012 – USA 2-1 Japan - as it happened," The Guardian (UK). August 12, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-20.