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Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament facts for kids

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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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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

Twelve teams qualified:

Group stage

Group E

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

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 The Japan-South Africa game was a draw with no goals for each team. The Japan-Sweden game was also a draw with no score.

Group G

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.

Ranking of third place teams

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

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. 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.

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

Bronze medal match

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

The United States women's national soccer team and the Japan women's national football team met in the gold medal match. 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.

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'

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