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Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

The women's qualification for football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Qualifications

A total of twelve teams will participate in the finals of the Olympic tournament for women. These finalists will be:[1]

Confederation/Region Berths Qualified Teams
Host nation (automatically qualified) 1
UEFA (Europe) 3
CONMEBOL (South America) 1
CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) 2
CAF (Africa) 1
AFC (Asia) 2
OFC (Oceania) 1
Inter-continental play-off (CAF-CONMEBOL) 1

UEFA (Europe)

UEFA announced that the 2007 Women's World Cup in the People's Republic of China will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics. Originally it was thought that, should England make the top three European teams, they would compete under the United Kingdom banner. However, on 6 September 2007, FIFA issued a press release indicating that England are ineligible to participate in the 2008 Olympics as England does not have its own Olympic Committee. [2]

There has been some further confusion over the identity of the UEFA qualifiers stemming from conflicting media releases from UEFA and FIFA. The FIFA release noted that "teams eliminated at the end of the group phase will have the same ranking irrespective of their position, number of points or goal differences" implying that Sweden and Denmark will require a playoff for the final qualification spot. While UEFA initially stated that no playoff was required [3][dead link], this was amended fairly rapidly [4][dead link].

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg / 08.11.2007 2nd leg / 28.11.2007
Denmark 23x15px 3–7 23x15px Sweden 2–4 1–3

CONMEBOL (South America)

CONMEBOL announced that the 2006 Sudamericano Femenino in Argentina would also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics. Argentina won the tournament, and qualified for the Olympics. The runners-up Brazil advanced to the inter-continental play-off.

CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean)

Central America

Two home and away series will be played, with the winners moving on to the final round. The first leg will play on October 6, 2007. The second leg will play on October 13, 2007. The winners of the ties will play in the decisive final round on October 20 and October 27, 2007.[2]

Panama withdrew from their scheduled match against Costa Rica, so Costa Rica advance to the 2nd Round where they will play the winner of El Salvador v Nicaragua.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
El Salvador 23x15px 1–5 23x15px Nicaragua 1-2 0-3
Nicaragua 23x15px 0–9 23x15px Costa Rica 0-3 0-6

Caribbean

The system is a two round single round robin format, in October. Four groups will play the first round (3 groups of 4 and one group of 3), with the winners moving on to a second round group.

Group 1 (in Suriname)

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 3 3 0 0 19 1 +18 9
23x15px Suriname 3 2 0 1 17 6 +11 6
23x15px Grenada 3 1 0 2 4 13 −9 3
23x15px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 0 3 2 22 −20 0

October 2, 2007

Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px 9–0 23x15px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname 23x15px 6–1 23x15px Grenada

October 4, 2007

Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px 6–0 23x15px Grenada
Suriname 23x15px 10–1 23x15px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

October 7, 2007

Grenada 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname 23x15px 1–4 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago

Group 2 (in Dominican Republic)

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Cuba 3 3 0 0 37 1 +36 9
23x15px Dominican Republic 3 2 0 1 22 2 +20 6
23x15px U.S. Virgin Islands 3 1 0 2 5 18 −13 3
23x15px British Virgin Islands 3 0 0 2 0 43 −43 0

October 3, 2007

Dominican Republic 23x15px 4–0 23x15px U.S. Virgin Islands
Cuba 23x15px 21–0 23x15px British Virgin Islands

October 5, 2007

Cuba 23x15px 14–0 23x15px U.S. Virgin Islands
Dominican Republic 23x15px 17–0 23x15px British Virgin Islands

October 7, 2007

U.S. Virgin Islands 23x15px 5–0 23x15px British Virgin Islands
Dominican Republic 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Cuba

Group 3 (in Antigua and Barbuda)

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Template:Country data JAM 3 3 0 0 24 0 +24 9
23x15px Bermuda 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6
23x15px Antigua and Barbuda 3 1 0 2 3 16 −13 3
23x15px Dominica 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0

October 3, 2007

Template:Country data JAM 4–0 23x15px Bermuda
Antigua and Barbuda 23x15px 3–0 23x15px Dominica

October 5, 2007

Bermuda 23x15px 8–0 23x15px Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda 23x15px 0–12 Template:Country data JAM

October 7, 2007

Template:Country data JAM 8–0 23x15px Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda 23x15px 0–4 23x15px Bermuda

Group 4 (in Cayman Islands)

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Puerto Rico 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Haiti
2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
23x15px Cayman Islands 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0

October 24, 2007

Cayman Islands 23x15px 0–4 23x15px Puerto Rico

October 26, 2007

  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Haiti
0–1 23x15px Puerto Rico

October 28, 2007

Cayman Islands 23x15px 2–3
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Haiti

Second Round

The 4 remaining teams were drawn into 2 pairings. The winners of each tie will progress to the CONCACAF Finals. Both Puerto Rico v Trinidad & Tobago matches will be played in Puerto Rico on 23 & 25 November 2007. Cuba will play both legs at home against Jamaica on 29 November and 1 December 2007, with the second match counting as Jamaica's home match for away goals purposes.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Puerto Rico 23x15px 2–2* 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 1–2 1–0
Cuba 23x15px 0–3 Template:Country data JAM 0–1 0–2
  • Note - Trinidad & Tobago qualify for the CONCACAF Finals on away goals. Even though they played both matches away from home, the 2nd Leg was treated as the home leg for Trinidad & Tobago. Puerto Rico scored one goal compared to Trinidad & Tobago's two in the first game, and so Trinidad & Tobago progress.

Final Round

6 teams will qualify for the final round.[2] The final round will be held at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, from April 2–13. The draw was held at 11:00 am (EST) on February 25.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px United States 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
23x15px Mexico 2 1 0 1 9 4 +5 3
Template:Country data JAM 2 0 0 2 1 14 -13 0

April 2, 2008

Mexico 23x15px 8–1 Template:Country data JAM

April 4, 2008

United States 23x15px 6–0 Template:Country data JAM

April 6, 2008

Mexico 23x15px 1–3 23x15px United States

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Canada 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6
23x15px Costa Rica 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 2 8 -6 1

April 2, 2008

Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px 0–6 23x15px Canada

April 4, 2008

Costa Rica 23x15px 2–2 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago

April 6, 2008

Canada 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Costa Rica

Semifinals/Qualifiers

Played 9 April 2008

Team 1 Score Team 2
United States 23x15px 3 – 0 23x15px Costa Rica
Canada 23x15px 1 – 0 23x15px Mexico

Final

Played 12 April 2008. Both USA and Canada already qualified for 2008 Olympic women's football tournament.

Team 1 Score Team 2
United States 23x15px 1 – 1 (pso 6 – 5)[3] 23x15px Canada

CAF (Africa)

Preliminary competition was divided in four rounds. First three rounds was knock-out rounds, and the final round was a group stage.

The winners of the final round would qualify for the Olympics. The runners-up of the round would advance to inter-continental play-off.

Preliminary Round

First leg played from October 27 to October 29, 2006. Second leg played from November 10 to November 12, 2006.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Angola 23x15px 23x15px Tanzania*
Mozambique 23x15px 12–5 23x15px Comoros 7–2 5–3
Guinea-Bissau 23x15px 2–4 23x15px Guinea 1–1 1–3
*Benin 23x15px 23x15px Namibia
*Uganda 23x15px 23x15px Eritrea
* = withdrew

First Round

First leg played on February 17 and February 18, 2007. Second leg will play from March 9 to March 11, 2007. Eritrea and Morocco will play their matches on March 10 and March 24, 2007. Guinea and Zimbabwe only played one leg in Zimbabwe due to political unrest in Guinea.[4]

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Angola 23x15px 1–4 23x15px Ghana 1–2 0–2
Equatorial Guinea 23x15px 4–5 23x15px South Africa 2–1 2–4
Liberia 23x15px 0–5 23x15px Ethiopia 0–3 0–2
Nigeria 23x15px w/o 23x15px Senegal*
Mozambique 23x15px 1–12 23x15px Algeria 0–3 1–9
Eritrea 23x15px 4–4 (a) 23x15px Morocco 3–2 1–2
Namibia 23x15px 5–8 23x15px DR Congo 3–3 2–5
Guinea 23x15px 1–6 23x15px Zimbabwe 1–6
* = withdrew

Second Round

First leg played from June 1 to June 3, 2007. Second leg played from June 15 to June 17, 2007.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ghana 23x15px 4–1 23x15px DR Congo 3–1 1–0
Algeria 23x15px 1–6 23x15px Nigeria 1–0 0–6
South Africa 23x15px 5–3 23x15px Zimbabwe 2–1 3–2
Ethiopia 23x15px (a)2–2 23x15px Morocco 1–0 1–2

Final Round

Matches played between July 27, 2007 and March 14, 2008. Ethiopia withdrew.[5]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Nigeria 4 3 0 1 8 1 +7 9
23x15px Ghana 4 3 0 1 4 3 +1 9
23x15px South Africa 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 0
23x15px Ethiopia withdraw

July 28, 2007

Nigeria 23x15px 5–0 23x15px South Africa
Ethiopia 23x15px 1–3
(later annulled)
23x15px Ghana

August 12, 2007

Ghana 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Nigeria

August 26, 2007

South Africa 23x15px 0–1 23x15px Ghana

December 9, 2007

Ghana 23x15px 2–1 23x15px South Africa

February 16, 2008

South Africa 23x15px 0–1 23x15px Nigeria

March 15, 2008

Nigeria 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Ghana

Nigeria qualified for the Olympics. Ghana advanced to the inter-continental play-off.

AFC (Asia)

China was automatically qualified for the Olympics as host.

First Round

Japan and North Korea received bye for the final round. Other 12 teams are divided into 3 groups, where top two teams in each group would advance to the final round.

Group A was played as a knockout tournament of two-legged (Home&Away) matches. Each of Group B and Group C was played as a single round robin.

Group A

First leg played on February 17, 2007. Second leg played on February 25, 2007.

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Template:Country data HKG Template:Country data JOR*
Template:Country data KOR 8–0 Template:Country data IND 5–0 3–0

Hong Kong through to the final after Jordan withdrew from the tournament. The final first and second leg played on March 10, 2007 and March 18, 2007 respectively.[6]

Team 1 Agg Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Template:Country data HKG 3–2 Template:Country data KOR 2–2 1–0

Group B

All matches were held at Thai-Japanese Stadium (Bangkok, Thailand).[7]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
23x15px Thailand (host) 9 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15
23x15px Vietnam 6 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7
23x15px Singapore 3 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2
23x15px Maldives 0 3 0 0 3 0 20 −20

February 19, 2007

Maldives 23x15px 0–6 23x15px Singapore
Thailand 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Vietnam

February 21, 2007

Thailand 23x15px 5–0 23x15px Singapore
Vietnam 23x15px 5–0 23x15px Maldives

February 23, 2007

Vietnam 23x15px 3–0 23x15px Singapore
Thailand 23x15px 9–0 23x15px Maldives

Group C

All matches were held at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium (Taipei, Taiwan).[7]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
23x15px Australia 9 3 3 0 0 20 1 +19
23x15px Chinese Taipei (host) 6 3 2 0 1 4 8 −4
23x15px Myanmar 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3
23x15px Uzbekistan 1 3 0 1 2 1 13 −12

February 21, 2007

Chinese Taipei 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Uzbekistan
Australia 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Myanmar

February 23, 2007

Chinese Taipei 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Myanmar
Uzbekistan 23x15px 0–10 23x15px Australia

February 25, 2007

Chinese Taipei 23x15px 1–8 23x15px Australia
Uzbekistan 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Myanmar

Final Round

Group winners would qualify for the Olympics. Matches played from April 7 to August 12, 2007.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Template:Country data JPN 16 6 5 1 0 27 3 +24
Template:Country data KOR 8 6 2 2 2 8 12 −4
23x15px Thailand 7 6 2 1 3 7 11 −4
23x15px Vietnam 3 6 1 0 5 3 19 −16





Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Template:Country data PRK 18 6 6 0 0 51 0 +51
23x15px Australia 12 6 4 0 2 40 5 +35
23x15px Chinese Taipei 6 6 2 0 4 12 31 −19
Template:Country data HKG 0 6 0 0 6 1 68 −67

April 7, 2007

Australia 23x15px 15–0 Template:Country data HKG
Template:Country data PRK 8–0 23x15px Chinese Taipei

April 15, 2007

Chinese Taipei 23x15px 0–10 23x15px Australia
Template:Country data HKG 0–14 Template:Country data PRK

June 3, 2007

Template:Country data PRK 2–0 23x15px Australia
Chinese Taipei 23x15px 6–0 Template:Country data HKG

June 10, 2007

Australia 23x15px 0–2 Template:Country data PRK
Template:Country data HKG 0–6 23x15px Chinese Taipei

August 4, 2007

Template:Country data HKG 1–8 23x15px Australia
Chinese Taipei 23x15px 0–6 Template:Country data PRK

August 12, 2007

Australia 23x15px 7–0 23x15px Chinese Taipei
Template:Country data PRK 19–0 Template:Country data HKG

OFC (Oceania)

The 2007 Pacific Games was played as the first part of Oceania qualification for the 2008 Olympics. The winners of the Pacific Games, Papua New Guinea, met New Zealand in a playoff in March 2008 for a place in the Olympic Games Finals. This had originally been scheduled over two legs (on 8 March and 12 March) but the New Zealand leg was cancelled by mutual consent, leaving a single play-off match in Papua New Guinea.

Team 1 Result Team 2
Papua New Guinea 23x15px 0-2 23x15px New Zealand

Inter-continental play-off

An inter-continental play-off was to held between the second placed South American and African teams, which were Brazil and Ghana, respectively.

The play-off was held as one match on Workers Stadium in Beijing on April 19, 2008. Brazil beat Ghana for the final spot in the Olympics.



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