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2016 UEFA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016
Olympic rings with white rims.svg
Number of nations (from 4 applicants)
venue NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Opening game March 2, 2016
Tournament end March 9, 2016
Games 6th
Gates 18  (⌀: 3 per game)

To determine the third women's soccer team in the field of UEFA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro , a qualifying tournament in was March 2016 Netherlands performed.


As a qualification for the women's tournament for the teams from the UEFA area, as since the Olympic Games in 2004, the women's soccer world championship, which took place last year and where the three or two - if the Olympic Games take place in Europe - are the best European teams, served initially qualify for the Olympics. The English national football team for women is an exception , as England is not entitled to participate in the Olympic Games due to the lack of its own national Olympic committee.

In 2008 Denmark and Sweden had to play for third European starting place at the 2008 Olympic Games . A similar situation arose for the 2016 tournament: England as the best European team and third place in the World Cup were again not eligible to start, Germany and France as fourth or teams eliminated in the quarter-finals had their place on the grid. However, since the four European teams Netherlands , Norway , Sweden and Switzerland were eliminated in the round of 16 and it was not clear which was the fourth best European team, the third European participant had to be determined separately. UEFA therefore decided to schedule a tournament for these teams.


Game scene from the match between the Netherlands and Sweden.

The four teams played against each other in the form of a mini-tournament in a free-for-all mode. The best team got the third European starting place in Rio de Janeiro. On October 19, 2015, the KNVB selected The Hague and Rotterdam (two stadiums) as the venues.

The following sequence applied to the placements:

1. Score from all games (3 per win, 1 per draw)
2. Direct comparison between teams with equal points
3. Goal difference in the games of the teams with the same points
4. Number of goals in matches between teams with equal points
5. Goal difference in all games
6. Number of goals in all games
7. Fair play rating
8. UEFA coefficient (Sweden: 42.433, Norway: 39.315, Netherlands: 34.486, Switzerland: 32.558)
The hague Rotterdam
Kyocera Stadion
Capacity: 15,000
(one game)
Stadion Woudestein
Capacity: 3,531
(three matches)
Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel
Capacity: 11,026
(two matches)
ADO Den Haag Stadium, Forepark.jpg Rotterdam stadium woudestein.jpg Het Kasteel, Rotterdam.jpg
Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. SwedenSweden Sweden  3  2  1  0 003: 100  +2 07th
 2. NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands  3  1  1  1 006: 800  −2 04th
 3. SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland  3  1  0  2 005: 600  −1 03
 4th NorwayNorway Norway  3  1  0  2 005: 400  +1 03
02.03.2016 Woudestein Stadium , Rotterdam Norway - Sweden 0: 1 (0: 1)
Kyocera Stadium , The Hague Switzerland - Netherlands 3: 4 (1: 1)
05.03.2016 Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel , Rotterdam Norway - Netherlands 4: 1 (1: 0)
Woudestein Stadium, Rotterdam Sweden - Switzerland 1: 0 (1: 0)
03/09/2016 Woudestein Stadium, Rotterdam Switzerland - Norway 2: 1 (1: 1)
Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel, Rotterdam Netherlands - Sweden 1: 1 (1: 1)

Goal scorers

rank Player Gates
1 NorwayNorway Ada Hegerberg 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Manon Melis 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Vivianne Miedema 2
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Rahel Kiwic 2
5 NetherlandsNetherlands Mandy van den Berg 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Shanice van de Sanden 1
NorwayNorway Emilie Bosshard Haavi 1
NorwayNorway Caroline Graham Hansen 1
NorwayNorway Maren Mjelde 1
SwedenSweden Lisa Dahlkvist 1
SwedenSweden Olivia Schough 1
SwedenSweden Caroline Seger 1
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Ramona Bachmann 1
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Fabienne Humm 1
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Sandrine Mauron 1


  • The first two games were chaired by Bibiana Steinhaus and Kateryna Monsul , the referees of the last two World Cup finals.
  • For players who did not play for clubs in Germany, France or the Netherlands, the games at this tournament were the first competitive games in 2016, as the seasons in Norway and Sweden did not start until the end of March and the beginning of April, respectively, and the women's first division took a break in Switzerland from mid-November to mid-March.
  • On the last day of the match, the Norwegian team captain Maren Mjelde made her 100th international match. In contrast, the Swiss Sandrine Mauron and Viola Calligaris came to their first international matches, with Mauron also scoring her first international goal.
  • The games in that tournament - and the results of other teams in tournaments held at the same time - brought Sweden two places up in the FIFA world rankings and Switzerland one place, while the Netherlands and Norway fell one place behind.

Television broadcast

The special interest broadcaster Eurosport broadcast one game live per matchday. In the case of goals in the parallel games, there was a short switch to the parallel game. Due to the table constellation, the last matchday was shown as a conference of the two games.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Olympic qualification in the Netherlands. In: uefa.com. UEFA, July 22, 2015, accessed August 10, 2015 .
  2. ^ OS-strijd in Rotterdam and The Hague. (No longer available online.) In: onsoranje.nl. KNVB, October 19, 2015, archived from the original on December 8, 2015 ; accessed on November 30, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.onsoranje.nl
  3. knvb.nl: "Info on the Olympic Qualifying Tournament" ( Memento of the original from March 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.knvb.nl
  4. UEFA European Women's Championship 2015 - 17 • Coefficient Ranking of the Teams Participating in the Qualifying Competition
  5. fifa.com: "Australia almost never, Japan falls in seventh place"
  6. dfb.de: 'Road to Rio' Olympic qualification for women live on Eurosport

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