Tokyo 2020 Women’s Soccer: US, Great Britain favourites to win gold
Compiled by Ranjika Perera
Twelve nations compete for Olympic glory after reigning gold medal winner Germany failed to qualify
TOKYO 2020 WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
Great Britain, Chile, Canada, Japan
Brazil, China, Netherlands, Zambia
Sweden, United States, Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday, 21 July –
Great Britain 2 – 0 Chile
Brazil 5 – 0 China
Sweden 3 – 0 USA
Saturday, 24 July
Chile vs. Canada (Sapporo) – 1.00 p.m.*
China vs. Zambia (Miyagi) – 1.30 p.m.
Sweden vs. Australia (Tokyo) – 2.00 p.m.
Japan vs. Great Britain (Sapporo) – 4.00 p.m.
Netherlands vs. Brazil (Miyagi) – 4.30 p.m.
New Zealand vs. USWNT (Tokyo) – 5.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 27 July
USA vs. Australia (Kashima) – 1.30 p.m.
New Zealand vs. Sweden (Miyagi) – 1.30 p.m.
Canada vs. Great Britain (Kashima) – 2.30 p.m.
Chile vs. Japan (Miyagi) – 2.30 p.m.
Netherlands vs. China (Yokohama) – 3.00 p.m.
Brazil vs. Zambia (Saitama) – 3.00 p.m.
Friday, 30 July
2E v 2F (Miyagi)
1E v 3F or 3G (Kashima)
1G v 3E or 3F (Saitama)
1F v 2G (Yokohama)
Monday, 2 August
1F/2G v 2E/2F (Kashima)
1E/3F/3G v 1E/3F/3G (Yokohama)
Thursday, 5 August
Bronze medal match (Kashima)
Gold medal match (Tokyo)
* All times are in Sri Lanka Time
The 32-year-old Ellen White scored both goals for Britain. The second match was between China and Brazil which ended 5-0, in favour of Brazil.
For Brazil, Marta scored twice and Debinha, Beatriz, and Andressa scored one goal each. The World Champions USA played their first game against Sweden and it was stunning results for Sweden who beat tournament favourites by three goals to nil.
Germany failed to qualify
Even though the No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national soccer team lost their opening game, they were tipped to be the team to beat in the seventh women’s Olympic soccer tournament since 1996.
The USA have already won gold in four occasions with Norway and Germany claiming the other two. The gold medallist from Rio 2016, Germany failed to qualify for the 2021 tournament.
The Americans’ main challengers for the 2021 gold medal will be Brazil and Netherlands who are ranked seven and four respectively. The host nation Japan, Great Britain, and Sweden, who are all ranked inside the top ten, will also fight for a place in the podium.
The women’s soccer tournament starts with a group phase that divides the 12 teams into three groups (E, F, G). The top two teams in each group automatically advance along with the two best third-place teams.
The group stage awards three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. Teams are ranked on points with the first tie-breakers being goal difference and then goals scored.