Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 - Women
July 25 - August 09

Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012

Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 - Women

Final Tournament Standing

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USA top the podium once more

USA won their third consecutive gold medal at London 2012 – their fourth out of a possible five at Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments – to cement their status as the undisputed queens of Olympic football.

Coach Pia Sundhage retained the core of the squad that took gold in Beijing four years ago, but also added new faces from the group that performed so well at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™. Among them was Alex Morgan, long used as an impact substitute but now an integral part of the USA front line. The Stars and Stripes showed an ability to dig deep and salvage results from difficult games, particularly in their group opener against France and their semi-final with Canada.

USA’s gold-winning campaign ended with the sweet taste of revenge and victory over Japan, their conquerors in the final of Germany 2011. The Japanese, for their part, grew in stature as the tournament progressed, and saved one of their best performances for the gold medal match. An Olympic record 80,203 spectators were at Wembley for the grand finale of the women’s competition, and they were treated to a thrilling spectacle.

Homare Sawa and Co were not as dazzling at London 2012 as they were at Germany 2011, but their incisive counter-attacks and the predatory finishing of forward Yuki Ogimi were enough to see them progress to the final. Despite the disappointing end to their campaign, Japan appeared more than satisfied with the silver medal, which represents their best finish at an Olympic Women’s Football Tournament.

Canada were one of the biggest surprise packages at London 2012. A year on from their first-round exit at Germany 2011, where they failed to register a single point and scored just one goal, John Herdman’s rejuvenated side reached the semi-finals and took USA all the way to the wire before falling just short. They then clinched the bronze medal to cap a year of remarkable progress.

The Canadians took the final podium spot from France, who, for the second year running, missed out on the consolation of third place. For all their technical quality, Les Bleues were too often unable to find an end product when it really mattered. This was particularly true in both their semi-final and bronze medal match, where they enjoyed plenty of possession only to be picked apart on the break.

Great Britain, meanwhile, delighted their home supporters by defeating Brazil on their way to topping their group. Steph Houghton and Scottish star Kim Little were the stand-out performers in a largely English squad, whose challenge ultimately fizzled out in the quarter-finals.

For Brazil, London 2012 proved something of a step backwards compared with their past Olympic exploits. After winning two consecutive medals, and despite having Beijing 2008 coach Jorge Barcellos at the helm once more, the Auriverde fell at the quarter-final stage this time around.

It was a similar tale for Sweden, who were unable to kick on from their third-place finish at Germany 2011, and Korea DPR, who also performed below expectations. The Koreans have been a real force in the lower age categories over the past few years, but the senior side’s two most recent appearances at the highest level have both ended in disappointing first-round exits.

New Zealand, on the other hand, gave further proof of the constant development of women’s football in the country. Tony Readings’ side managed a historic achievement at London 2012 by reaching the second round of a FIFA competition for the very first time.

African representatives South Africa and Cameroon, and South American participants Colombia, showed they still have room for improvement if they are to be competitive at international level. The trio did, however, display encouraging signs that progress is being made in their respective countries, where women’s football is not as popular as in other parts of the world.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Son Heungmin #7 of South Korea celebrates the victory during the Group C match between Mexico v Korea Republic of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Stina Blackstenius #11 and Olivia Schough #12 of Sweden celebrates their 1-1 (4-3 PSO) win over team United States during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Neymar of Brazil rounds the keeper to score the first Brazil goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Tamires of Brasil celebrates after scoring a goal during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Sara Daebritz (2nd L) of Germany celebrates with her team mates after scoring her team's second goal during the Women's Semi Final match between Canada and Germany on Day 11 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Janine Beckie #16 of Canada and Tabea Kemme #12 of Germany compete for the ball during the Women's Semi Final match between Germany and Canada on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Melanie Behringer of Germany scores her team's first goal the Women's Semi Final match between Canada and Germany on Day 11 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Melanie Behringer #7 of Germany celebrates scoring a goal during the Women's Semi Final match between Germany and Canada on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
Lotta Schelin of Sweden (L) and Rafaelle of Brazil compete for the ball
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  A general view during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Lotta Schelin of Sweden and Poliana of Brazil in action during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Andressa Alves of Brazil in action during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Melanie Behringer of Germany scores her team's first goal during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Canada on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
Melanie Behringer of Germany celebrates with team-mates
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Melanie Behringer of Germany is challenged by Laura Alleway of Australia during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Australia on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Melanie Behringer of Germany scores from the penalty spot during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Canada on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Steve Bardens-FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Marta of Brazil controls the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Thaisa of Brazil and Kyah Simon (L) of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Marta of Brasil is pictured during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Andressa Alves of Brazil and Elise Kellond-Knight of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Dzsenifer Marozsan (C) of Germany is congratulated by team mates after scoring during the Women's Olympic Gold Medal match between Sweden and Germany at Maracana Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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