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2008 Women's Olympic football tournament
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates 6 August - 21 August
Teams 12
Venue(s) 5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (3rd title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  Germany
Fourth place  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 64 (2.46 per match)
Attendance 740,014 (28,462 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Cristiane
2004
2012

The women's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held held in Beijing and 4 other cities in the China. The tournament had 12 teams. The group stage began two days before the opening ceremony, August 6. The United States won the tournament against Brazil, winning their 3rd olympic gold medal.

Qualification

Participating countries in women's football at the 2008 Olympics
The teams in the tournament.

The following teams qualified:

Group stage

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
People's Republic of China China 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
Sweden Sweden 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
Canada Canada 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Argentina Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 5 –4 0

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
Germany Germany 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
North Korea North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 3
Nigeria Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 5 –4 0

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States United States 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
Norway Norway 3 2 0 1 4 5 –1 6
Japan Japan 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 1 2 2 7 –5 1

Ranking of third place teams

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Japan 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
Canada Canada 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
North Korea North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 3

Knockout stage

The games had a single-elimination format. When a team lost a match, the tournament 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
                   
15 August – Tianjin        
 Brazil Brazil  2
18 August – Shanghai
 Norway Norway  1  
 Brazil Brazil  4
15 August – Shenyang
   Germany Germany  1  
 Sweden Sweden  0
21 August – Beijing
 Germany Germany  2  
 Brazil Brazil  0
15 August – Qinhuangdao
   United States United States  1
 People's Republic of China China  0
18 August – Beijing
 Japan Japan  2  
 Japan Japan  2
15 August – Shanghai
   United States United States  4

 
 United States United States  2
 Canada Canada  1

 

The US and Brazilian women won the opportunity to compete for the gold medal and the Olympic championship.

Bronze medal match

21 August 2012
18:00
Germany Germany 2 – 0 Japan Japan Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 49,285
Referee: Estella Alvares (Argentina)
Bajramaj Goal 68'87' Report

Gold medal match

21 August 2012
21:00
Brazil Brazil 0 – 1 United States United States Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 51,612
Referee: Dagmar Damkova (Czech Republic)
Report Lloyd Goal 96'
Rank Team
1 United States United States
2 Brazil Brazil
3 Germany Germany
4 Japan Japan

Statistics

  • Top scorer : Brazil Cristiane
  • Own goal : Norway Gunhild Følstad

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