UPDATE – The pots for the 2012 Olympic Draw, taking place today, Tuesday April 24 at Wembley Stadium in London, England, have been announced by FIFA.
The first match takes place in Cardiff on 25 July, with the finals at Wembley on 9 and 11 August.
The 2012 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament will feature 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams each. The top two finishers in each group – plus the two best third-place finishers – will advance to the quarterfinals.
FIFA also announced that three countries have been seeded with host Great Britain seeded into Group E at E1, 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan seeded into Group F at F1 and the world’s top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team seeded into Group G at G1. (The Men’s Football groups are A,B,C and D).
That means the USA Women will play its first two Olympic games on July 25 and 28 at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, and its third and final group match on July 31 at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, England, home to Manchester United.
UPDATE – The U.S. will open Group G play on July 25 – two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies – against France (5 p.m. local / 11 a.m. CT) at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland’s National Stadium. The USA will then face Colombia at Hampden Park on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 11 a.m. CT) and finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 11:15 a.m. CT) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United. (2012 Olympics Schedule)
Here’s a handy download – 2012 Olympic Women’s Soccer Schedule (CSV format) that will allow you to add all of the games to your personal calendar.
Update – on the Men’s side (US U23 did not qualify) Mexico draws South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland. Games in Newcastle, Coventry, Cardiff.
With more than 1.5m Olympic football tickets remaining, organisers hope events at Wembley will stimulate interest. I’ll update this report with the final schedule when the draw is complete.