- The list of qualifiers for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament is now complete
- The draw for the group stage will take place on April 21 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich
- A look back at some remarkable figures linked to the event
The names of the 12 qualified for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament are now known. The last ticket was won by Chile, which will participate in this competition for the first time in its history. The Girls in Red and the eleven other teams in contention now have their eyes riveted on Zurich. Indeed, it is there, at FIFA headquarters, that the draw for the group stage will take place on April 21.
As we prepare to take another important step on the road to Tokyo 2020, we invite you to discover significant figures around the women’s event.
The Americans don’t just hold the record for the most medals (4 in gold and one in silver). They also have the best attack in the history of the competition (64 goals scored) and the record for the number of victories (25). The other candidates for the title have been warned!
In 2016, Sweden celebrated their first qualification for the final. Before taking the second step of the podium, the The women’s national team ousted the defending United States in the quarter-finals and then Brazil in the semi-finals. Each time, the Scandinavians won on penalties. What coolness!
The PR China set a new record in Asia by participating for the sixth time in its history in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Impressive!
Australia have scored 21 goals throughout qualifying for Tokyo 2020. Emily van Egmond was the most effective, with five goals, followed by Sam Kerr (4). Two goal scorers to follow!
Five matches, five wins. New Zealand have won all of their OFC Women’s Nations Cup matches. The record speaks for itself: 43 goals scored, none conceded. A faultless!
The Brazilian Cristiane is the top scorer in the history of the tournament, with 14 units on the clock. She notably signed two triplets in the final phase. A legend !
Like the United States and Sweden, Brazil has never missed an edition of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. In Tokyo, Canarinhas will be on the starting line for the seventh time. Note that the coach Pia Sundhage won Olympic gold twice with the United States, in 2004 and 2008. Each time, her team beat … Brazil in the final! In their six previous appearances, the Brazilians have reached the semi-finals five times. Something to make you want to dance …
Japan and Germany played the first ever match in the history of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. On July 21, 1996, the team female beat the Nadeshiko 3-2. Bettina Wiegmann, Yumi Tomei (against her camp) and Heidi Mohr gave the victory to the Germans, despite two achievements signed Futaba Kioka and Akemi Noda on the Japanese side. History!
Tokyo 2020 marks Britain’s second participation in this tournament. In 2012, the host country won all three of its group matches, before losing in the quarterfinals to future bronze medal winner Canada. Magic !
About Canada … Christine Sinclair took advantage of Concacaf’s qualifications to break Abby Wambach’s record (184 goals) and become the top international scorer of all time (men and women alike). Unforgettable !
European champions and reigning vice-world champions, the Netherlands join the club of Olympic beginners, along with Chile and Zambia. A great first in sight!