Lionesses secure Olympic spot for Great Britain

28 Jun 2019
  • Great Britain are the first women's Olympic qualifiers from Europe

  • England were successful in their Tokyo 2020 bid at the Women's World Cup

  • Two more UEFA places will be decided in France

Great Britain became the first European team to qualify for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 on Friday, with England securing a top-three finish among UEFA sides at the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™.

The Lionesses, nominated to represent Great Britain's Tokyo 2020 qualification bid at the Women's World Cup, advanced to the semi-finals in France with a 3-0 win over Norway on 28 June. With the hosts bowing out of the competition to holders USA on 29 June, England guaranteed their place among the three best European finishers.

This will be only the second time a unified team of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament. The first time was at London 2012, where they were defeated by Canada in the quarter-finals.

The final two Olympic participants from UEFA will be decided by the remaining quarter-finals at the World Cup: Italy-Netherlands and Germany-Sweden.