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Football, Women

Date21 July – 1 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationFlorida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida / Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama / Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida / Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia / Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Participants124 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of four teams.

After 96 years, women footballers were finally allowed to compete at the Olympics. With no restrictions on entry, the tournament effectively became a second World Cup. That tournament had only been established in 1991, with the US winning the first edition and Norway taking the title in 1995. With only the English team failing to qualify from the World Cup’s quarter-finalists, the tournament had a high standard of play. As expected, Norway won its pool, but the other favourite, the US, was held to a draw by China and placed second on goal difference.

This pitted the two strongest women’s teams against each other in the semi-finals. After 90 minutes, both had scored once, and the match went into golden goal overtime. After just five minutes, Shannon MacMillan sent her team to the final. The China-USA rematch was a close affair watch by a record 76,000 crowd. Tiffeny Milbrett sealed the match with a second half goal. One of the most remarkable names in the tournament was the shirt name of Marileia dos Santos: Michael Jackson. She picked the name not only because she liked his music, but because she claimed her )dancing) abilities on the field matched Jackson’s.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1United StatesUSA410139–3Gold
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN3111011–5Silver
3NorwayNOR3111012–6Bronze
4BrazilBRA12257–8
5GermanyGER11146–6
6SwedenSWE10234–5
7JapanJPN00302–9
8DenmarkDEN00302–11

Preliminary Round (21 – 25 July 1996)

Group E (21 – 25 July 1996)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1CHN21077–1Q
2USA21075–1Q
3SWE10234–5
4DEN00302–11

Match #1 21 Jul 16:00CHN 2 – 0SWE
Match #2 21 Jul 16:00USA 3 – 0DEN
Match #3 23 Jul 18:00CHN 5 – 1DEN
Match #4 23 Jul 18:00USA 2 – 1SWE
Match #5 25 Jul 18:30SWE 3 – 1DEN
Match #6 25 Jul 18:30CHN 0 – 0USA

Group F (21 – 25 July 1996)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1NOR21079–4Q
2BRA12055–3Q
3GER11146–6
4JPN00302–9

Match #1 21 Jul 14:30GER 3 – 2JPN
Match #2 21 Jul 15:00BRA 2 – 2NOR
Match #3 23 Jul 17:30BRA 2 – 0JPN
Match #4 23 Jul 18:30NOR 3 – 2GER
Match #5 25 Jul 18:30BRA 1 – 1GER
Match #6 25 Jul 18:30NOR 4 – 0JPN

Semi-Finals (28 July 1996)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 28 Jul 15:00CHN 3 – 2BRA
Match #2 28 Jul 17:30USA 2 – 1
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NOR

Final Round (1 August 1996)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 01 Aug 20:30USA 2 – 1CHN
Match 3/4 01 Aug 18:00NOR 2 – 0BRA

Rankings

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