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Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJuly 21 – August 1
Teams8 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States[1] (1st title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place Norway
Fourth place Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored53 (3.31 per match)
Attendance691,762 (43,235 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
Norway Linda Medalen
Brazil Pretinha (4 goals)
2000
All statistics correct as of 17:28, March 14, 2012 (UTC).

The 1996 Summer Olympics—based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States—marked the first time that women participated in the Olympic association football tournament.[2][3] The tournament featured eight women's national teams from four continental confederations. The teams were drawn into two groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament (which was held in Miami, Orlando, Birmingham and Washington, D.C.). At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage (which was held at Sanford Stadium), beginning with the semi-finals and culminating with the gold medal match on August 1, 1996.

Competition schedule

G Group stage ½ Semifinals B 3rd place play-off F Final
Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri 26 Sat 27 Sun 28 Mon 29 Tue 30 Wed 31 Thu 1
G G G ½ B F

Qualification

The following eight teams qualified for the 1996 Olympics football tournament:

Venues

The tournament was held in five venues across five cities:

Squads

Match officials

Preliminary round

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7 Semi-finals
2  United States (H) 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
3  Sweden 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4  Denmark 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
United States 3–0 Denmark
Venturini Goal 37'
Hamm Goal 41'
Milbrett Goal 49'
Report (FIFA)
Sweden 0–2 China PR
Report (FIFA) Shi Guihong Goal 31'
Zhao Lihong Goal 32'
Attendance: 46,724[5]

United States 2–1 Sweden
Venturini Goal 15'
MacMillan Goal 62'
Report (FIFA) Overbeck Goal 64' (o.g.)
Attendance: 28,000[6]
Referee: Bente Ovedie Skogvang (Norway)
Denmark 1–5 China PR
Madsen Goal 55' Report (FIFA) Shi Guihong Goal 10'
Liu Ailing Goal 49'
Sun Qingmei Goal 29'59'
Fan Yunjie Goal 36'
Attendance: 34,871[7]

United States 0–0 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 55,650[8]
Denmark 1–3 Sweden
Jensen Goal 90' Report (FIFA) Swedberg Goal 62'68'
Videkull Goal 76'

Group F

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1.  Norway 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 7
2.  Brazil 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
3.  Germany 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
4.  Japan 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0

Knockout stage

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
July 28 – Athens, Georgia
 
 
 China PR3
 
August 1 – Athens
 
 Brazil2
 
 China PR1
 
July 28 – Athens, Georgia
 
 United States2
 
 Norway1
 
 
 United States (AET)2
 
Third place
 
 
August 1 – Athens
 
 
 Brazil0
 
 
 Norway2

Semi finals

China PR 3–2 Brazil
Qingmei Goal 5'
Haiying Goal 83' Goal 90'
Report Roseli Goal 67'
Pretinha Goal 72'
Attendance: 64,196
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)

Norway 1–2 (a.e.t) United States
Medalen Goal 18' Report Akers Goal 76' (pen)
MacMillan Goal 100' (g.g)
Attendance: 64,196
Referee: Sonia Denoncourt (Canada)

Bronze medal match

Brazil 0–2 Norway
Report Aarønes Goal 21' Goal 25'
Attendance: 76,489
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)

Gold medal match

China PR 1–2 United States
Wen Goal 32' Report MacMillan Goal 19'
Milbrett Goal 68'
Attendance: 76,489
Referee: Bente Ovedie Skogvang (Norway)

FIFA Fair play award

Goalscorers

With four goals, Pretinha of Brazil, Ann Kristin Aarønes and Linda Medalen of Norway are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 53 goals were scored by 33 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United States (USA) 5 4 1 0 9 3 +6 13
2  China (CHN) 5 3 1 1 11 5 +6 10
3  Norway (NOR) 5 3 1 1 12 6 +6 10
4  Brazil (BRA) 5 1 2 2 7 8 –1 5
5  Germany (GER) 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
6  Sweden (SWE) 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 3
7  Japan (JPN) 3 0 0 3 2 9 –7 0
8  Denmark (DEN) 3 0 0 3 2 11 –9 0

References

  1. ^ "U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Gold". WashingtonPost.com. August 2, 1996. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  2. ^ GEORGE VECSEYPublished: August 2, 1996 (August 2, 1996). "Women's Soccer: 76,481 Fans, 1 U.S. Gold - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Women Sports Get a Boost - New York Times". Nytimes.com. September 20, 1993. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "USA - Denmark". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sweden - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "USA - Sweden". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Denmark - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "USA - China PR". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Denmark - Sweden". FIFA. Retrieved September 24, 2017.

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