Tokyo Olympics: When is the women's football gold medal match & how to watch

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With the Tokyo Olympics now in full swing, we're providing everything you need to know about the women's football tournament.

Which teams are competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament?

A total of 12 teams from six confederations are competing at this year's Olympics. The teams were split into three groups of four, Group E, Group F and Group G. Women's football has been assigned groups E-G to avoid confusion with the men's tournament, which uses a Group A-D system.

During the group stages, Group E consisted of host nation Japan, Canada, Great Britain, and Chile. Group F held China PR, Brazil, Zambia, and The Netherlands while Sweden, USA, Australia, and New Zealand competed in Group G.

What is the format of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament?

The four teams in each group will play each other once on a round-robin basis, with a maximum of nine points up for grabs in total.

After each nation has played all three assigned fixtures, the top two teams in the group will advance into the knockout stages. Third-placed teams will enter a play-off group for another chance at reaching the next stage, with the best two qualifying for the knockouts.

The successful teams will then compete in the last eight – fixtures will be held across venues in Kashima, Saitama, Yokohama, and Rifu.The winners of the quarter-finals then move to the semis, before a gold medal match between the final two teams will take place on August 6th in Tokyo.

A bronze medal game will also be held to determine the full medal ranking for the tournament.

Japan Women's National Team

What were the results in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament?

Vivianne Miedema made history by scoring the Netherlands' first Olympic goal before netting a hat-trick in the opening round. She has also smashed Christine Sinclair's record for the most goals scored at a single Games.

Similarly, Barbra Bonda of Zambia became the first African woman to score a hat-trick at the Games as she also scored her nation's first ever goal at the tournament. In the next round, she bagged her second hat-trick in as many matches to become the first woman in history to do so.

Here's the full list of the group stage results:

First Round

Group E: Great Britain 2-0 Chile, Japan 1-1 Chile,

Group F: Brazil 5-0 China, Netherlands 10-3 Zambia

Group G: Sweden 3-0 USA, Australia 2-1 New Zealand

Second Round

Group E: Canada 2-1 Chile, Great Britain 1-0 Japan

Group F: China 4-4 Zambia, Netherlands 3-3 Brazil

Group G: Sweden 4-2 Australia, United States 6-1 New Zealand

Third Round

Group E: Canada 1-1 Great Britain, Japan 1-0 Chile

Group F: Netherlands 8-2 China, Brazil 1-0 Zambia

Group G: Sweden 2-0 New Zealand, USA 0-0 Australia

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USA 2-2 (4-2) Netherlands 

Sweden 3-1 Japan

Australia 4-3 Great Britain

Canada 0-0 (4-3) Brazil


Canada 1-0 USA

Sweden 1-0 Australia

Canada Women

How can I watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament?

For viewers in the UK, the BBC and Eurosport will be broadcasting the Tokyo Olympics.

BBC One will show the Opening Ceremony ceremony, as well as devoting the whole Olympic calendar to airing the events for free and offering a catch-up service on BBC iPlayer for those unable to watch live.

Team GB’s opening match against Chile will be broadcast live on BBC Two. Former Arsenal defender Alex Scott will present coverage.

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament gold medal match?

The final is scheduled for Friday, August 6th at 3:00 BST. Viewers will watch Canada and Sweden battle it out for the gold medal. 

Neither side has won gold at an Olympic Games before, so whichever way the result goes, history will be made in Tokyo.

After being eliminated in the semi-finals, the USA and Australia will challenge in the bronze medal match to determine this year's third place – this will kick off on August 5th at 9:00 BST.

Carli Lloyd of Team USA

How have the favourites fared in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women's football tournament?

The USA were likely the favourites to win at the Tokyo Olympics, given the fact they have previously won four gold medals and are currently the highest ranked international team in the world. However, the highest result the USWNT can now earn this summer is bronze.

Sweden were the runners-up at Rio 2016, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to winners Germany. The Swedes have been in incredible form all the way through the tournament and have a huge chance of winning their first ever.

The Netherlands, who are ranked fourth in the world, made their Olympic debut this year but were knocked out in the quarter-finals by the USA on penalties.

Team Netherlands

Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Japan are all ranked inside the top ten in the world. The most recent highest finish between these four teams was Japan at London 2012, where they won a silver medal after the USA pipped them to gold in the final. Brazil boast back-to-back silvers from Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and Canada have won bronze twice.

The Brazilians were eliminated on penalties in the quarter-finals by Canada and Japan lost out to Sweden in a 3-1 quarter-final defeat. Australia were pipped to the gold medal match by a 1-0 Sweden win.

Keep up to date with all of the major women's news this Olympics here on GiveMeSport.

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