Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
Dates (2012-07-25) (2012-08-09)25 July 9 August 2012
(15 days)
Teams 12 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (4th title)
Runners-up  Japan
Third place  Canada
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 70 (2.69 per match)
Attendance 661,016 (25,424 per match)
Top scorer(s) Christine Sinclair
(6 goals)

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.

Qualifying

Each National Olympic Committee may enter one women's team in the football tournament.

Means of qualificationDate of completionVenue1BerthsQualified
Host nation2005none1 Great Britain
AFC Preliminary Competition11 September 2011 China[1]2 Japan
 North Korea
CAF Preliminary Competition22 October 2011[2]multiple2 South Africa
 Cameroon
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition29 January 2012 Canada[3]2 United States
 Canada
CONMEBOL Preliminary Competition21 November 2010 Ecuador2 Brazil
 Colombia
OFC Preliminary Competition4 April 2012multiple1 New Zealand
Best UEFA teams in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup17 July 2011 Germany2 Sweden
 France
TOTAL12

  • ^1 Locations are those of final tournaments, various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

Draw

The draw for the tournament took place on 24 April 2012.[4] Great Britain, Japan and the United States were seeded for the draw and placed into groups E–G, respectively.[5] The remaining teams were drawn from four pots.[6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads

The women's tournament is a full international tournament with no restrictions on age. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players.

Match officials

On 19 April 2012, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics.[7]

Preliminary round

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).

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Great Britain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2  Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
3  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4  Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 11 10 0
Source:
Great Britain  1–0  New Zealand
Houghton  64' Report
Attendance: 24,445[8]

Cameroon  0–5  Brazil
Report Francielle  7'
Costa  10'
Marta  73' (pen.), 88'
Cristiane  78'
Attendance: 30,847[9]

New Zealand  0–1  Brazil
Report Cristiane  86'

Great Britain  3–0  Cameroon
Stoney  18'
J. Scott  23'
Houghton  82'
Report
Attendance: 31,141[11]

New Zealand  3–1  Cameroon
Smith  43'
Sonkeng  49' (o.g.)
Gregorius  62'
Report Onguene  75'

Great Britain  1–0  Brazil
Houghton  2' Report
Attendance: 70,584[13]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3 5 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2  Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
4  South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 6 1
Source:
Japan  2–1  Canada
Kawasumi  33'
Miyama  44'
Report Tancredi  55'

Sweden  4–1  South Africa
Fischer  7'
Dahlkvist  20'
Schelin  21', 63'
Report Modise  60'

Japan  0–0  Sweden
Report
Attendance: 14,160[16]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  3–0  South Africa
Tancredi  7'
Sinclair  58', 86'
Report

Japan  0–0  South Africa
Report
Attendance: 24,202[18]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

Canada  2–2  Sweden
Tancredi  43', 84' Report Hammarström  14'
Jakobsson  16'
Attendance: 12,719[19]

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2  France 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3  North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 4 3
4  Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 6 6 0
Source:
United States  4–2  France
Wambach  19'
Morgan  32', 66'
Lloyd  56'
Report Thiney  12'
Delie  14'
Attendance: 18,090[20]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Colombia  0–2  North Korea
Report Kim Song-hui  39', 85'
Attendance: 18,900[21]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

United States  3–0  Colombia
Rapinoe  33'
Wambach  74'
Lloyd  77'
Report
Attendance: 11,313[22]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

France  5–0  North Korea
Georges  45'
Thomis  70'
Delie  71'
Renard  81'
Catala  87'
Report
Attendance: 11,743[23]

United States  1–0  North Korea
Wambach  25' Report
Attendance: 29,522[24]

France  1–0  Colombia
Thomis  5' Report
Attendance: 13,184[25]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

† Game delayed by one hour due to North Korean protest after accidental use of South Korean flag for North Korea.[26]

Ranking of third-placed teams

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
 North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 4 3
Green indicates qualified for the quarter-finals

Knockout stage

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                           
  E1  Great Britain 0  
F3  Canada 2  
  F3  Canada 3  
  G1  United States (aet) 4  
G1  United States 2
  E3  New Zealand 0  
    G1  United States 2
  F2  Japan 1
  F1  Sweden 1  
G2  France 2  
  G2  France 1 Bronze medal match
  F2  Japan 2  
E2  Brazil 0 F3  Canada 1
  F2  Japan 2   G2  France 0

Quarter-finals

Sweden  1–2  France
Fischer  18' Report Georges  29'
Renard  39'
Attendance: 12,869[27]

United States  2–0  New Zealand
Wambach  27'
Leroux  87'
Report

Brazil  0–2  Japan
Report Ōgimi  27'
Ohno  73'
Attendance: 28,528[29]

Great Britain  0–2  Canada
Report Filigno  12'
Sinclair  26'
Attendance: 28,828[30]
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)

Semi-finals

France  1–2  Japan
Le Sommer  76' Report Ōgimi  32'
Sakaguchi  49'
Attendance: 61,482[31]
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Canada  3–4 (a.e.t.)  United States
Sinclair  22', 67', 73' Report Rapinoe  54' (cnr.), 70'
Wambach  80' (pen.)
Morgan  120+3'
Attendance: 26,630[32]

Bronze medal match

Canada  1–0  France
Matheson  90+2' Report

Gold medal match

United States  2–1  Japan
Lloyd  8', 54' Report Ōgimi  63'
Attendance: 80,203[34]

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States (USA) 6600166+1018
2  Japan (JPN) 632174+311
3  Canada (CAN) 6312128+410
4  France (FRA) 6303118+39
5  Great Britain (GBR) 430152+39
6  Brazil (BRA) 420263+36
7  Sweden (SWE) 412175+25
8  New Zealand (NZL) 410335−23
9  North Korea (PRK) 310226−43
10  South Africa (RSA) 301217−61
11  Colombia (COL) 300306−60
12  Cameroon (CMR) 3003111−100

Statistics

Goalscorers

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Discipline

Red cards
Match bans
  • Lady Andrade was banned two matches for violent conduct in punching Abby Wambach.[35]

Controversies

North Korea – South Korea flag confusion

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.[36]

Andy Mitchell, venue media manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), read out a LOCOG statement shortly afterwards:[37][38]

"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".[39]

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".[40]

Semi-final: Canada vs United States

During the semifinal match between Canada and United States, a controversial delay of game call was made against the Canadian goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, when she held the ball longer than the allowed six seconds. This violation is rarely called in international play, and is only intended to be used during instances of clear and deliberate time-wasting.[41] As a result, the American side was awarded a rare indirect free-kick in the box, in the eightieth minute, with Canada leading the match 3–2. On the ensuing play, another controversial handball call was made against the Canadian side, awarding the American team 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 match.[42][43] After the match, Canada forward Christine Sinclair stated, "the ref decided the result before the game started". FIFA responded by saying it was considering disciplinary action against Sinclair, but that any disciplinary action would be postponed until after the end of the tournament.[44] Sinclair was eventually suspended for four games for her conduct.[45] The referee for the match, Christina Pedersen, was not chosen to officiate for the bronze or gold medal, nor any major international competition since then.[46]

Final: United States vs Japan

During the final match between the United States and Japan, referee Bibiana Steinhaus (of Germany) brushed off Japanese appeals against a handball in the penalty area made by Tobin Heath. Replays showed a clear handball, and in post-match interviews, even Carli Lloyd, Heath's fellow player who scored two goals during the match, admitted that the United States were very lucky to go unpenalised: "It was a clear handball, it hit her arm".[47] German newspaper Die Welt also picked up this issue.[48]

Coincidentally, Steinhaus was also in charge when the same two nations met in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Frankfurt, won by Japan on penalties.

See also

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