Women's Football

Every confirmed women's football squad for the 2020 Olympic Games

Jamie Spencer
USWNT are the favourites to win Olympic gold this summer
USWNT are the favourites to win Olympic gold this summer / Elsa/Getty Images
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The Olympics is considered a major tournament on the international women’s football calendar, with no age cap or additional restrictions on personnel meaning that the best players in the world regularly light up the competition.

The United States enter the Olympics as one of the favourites, although they have a point to prove this year after 2016 resulted in a shock early exit and the first time without a medal of any colour.

Strong Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Great Britain sides will try and have their own say as well. Every country will also feel slightly better that Germany surprisingly failed to qualify.

The 12 competing nations are split into three groups of four, with the group letters (E-G) following directly on from the men’s tournament (A-D). The top two in each will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals, with the two best third place teams also getting through.

The Olympics is a big deal in international women's football
The Olympics is a big deal in international women's football / SOPA Images/Getty Images

From that point it will be a straight knockout bracket culminating in the gold medal match. The two losing semi-finalists will also get the opportunity to fight it out in a bronze playoff.

The first games begin on 21 July, with the final on 5 August.

Here’s a rundown of every confirmed squad at the Olympics this summer…


Group E

Canada

Christine Sinclair
Christine Sinclair is going to her fourth Olympics with Canada / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Stephanie Labbe (Rosengard), Kailen Sheridan (NJ/NY Gotham), Erin McLeod (Orlando Pride)

Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), Vanessa Gilles (Bordeaux), Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Ashley Lawrence (PSG), Jayde Riviere (University of Michigan), Gabrielle Carle (Florida State University)

Midfielders: Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Julia Grosso (University of Texas), Quinn (OL Reign), Desiree Scott (Kansas City), Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash)

Forwards: Janine Beckie (Man City), Adriana Leon (West Ham), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Deanne Rose (University of Florida), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), Evelyne Viens (NJ/NY Gotham), Jordyn Huitema (PSG)


Chile

Christiane Endler
Goalkeeper Christiane Endler is Chile's star name / Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Christiane Endler (Lyon), Natalia Campos (Universidad de Chile), Antonia Canales (Universidad Catolica)

Defenders: Carla Guerrero (Universidad de Chile), Camila Saez (Rayo Vallecano), Daniela Pardo (Santiago Morning), Javiera Toro (Sevilla), Valentina Diaz (Colo-Colo), Fernanda Ramirez (Universidad de Chile)

Midfielders: Francisca Lara (Le Havre), Yanara Aedo (Rayo Vallecano), Karen Araya (Santiago Morning), Yessenia Lopez (Universidad de Chile), Francisca Mardones (Santiago Morning), Nayadet Lopez (Santa Teresa), Yastin Jimenez (Colo-Colo)

Forwards: Daniela Zamora (Djurgarden), Maria Jose Urrutia (Colo-Colo), Fernanda Pinilla (Universidad de Chile), Rosario Balmaceda (Santiago Morning), Javiera Grez (Colo-Colo)


Great Britain

Fran Kirby
Team GB's Fran Kirby is playing at the Olympics for the first time / Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Carly Telford (Chelsea), Sandy MacIver (Everton)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Man City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Steph Houghton (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Sophie Ingle (Chelsea), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City), Caroline Weir (Man City), Niamh Charles (Chelsea)

Forwards: Lauren Hemp (Man City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Nikita Parris (Lyon), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Ellen White (Man City), Ella Toone (Man Utd)


Japan

Japan are always a threat in international tournaments
Japan are always a threat in international tournaments / Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Sakiko Ikeda (Urawa Reds), Ayaka Yamashita (Tokyo Verdy), Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata)

Defenders: Risa Shimizu (Tokyo Verdy), Saori Takarada (Washington Spirit), Saki Kumagai (Bayern Munich), Moeka Minami (Urawa Reds), Asato Miyagawa (Tokyo Verdy), Nanami Kitamura (Tokyo Verdy), Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe)

Midfielders: Hina Sugita (INAC Kobe), Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe), Narumi Miura (Tokyo Verdy), Jun Endo (Tokyo Verdy), Yuzuho Shiokoshi (Urawa Reds), Yui Hasegawa (AC Milan), Honoka Hayashi (AIK), Momoka Kinoshita (Tokyo Verdy)

Forwards: Yuika Sugasawa (Urawa Reds), Mana Iwabuchi (Arsenal), Mina Tanaka (INAC Kobe), Yuka Momiki (OL Reign)


Group F

Brazil

Brazil have never won an Olympic gold medal in women's football
Brazil have never won an Olympic gold medal in women's football / Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Barbara (Kindermann), Aline Reiss (Granadilla), Leticia (Benfica)

Defenders: Tamires (Corinthians), Erika (Corinthians), Poliana (Corinthians), Rafaelle (Palmeiras), Leticia Santos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bruna Benites (Internacional), Jucinara (Levante)

Midfielders: Formiga (Sao Paulo), Marta (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Andressinha (Corinthians), Julia Bianchi (Palmeiras), Duda (Sao Paulo), Angelina (OL Reign)

Forwards: Andressa Alves (Roma), Bia Zaneratto (Palmeira), Ludmila (Atletico Madrid), Geyse (Madrid CFF), Giovana (Barcelona)


China (preliminary)

China last won an Olympic medal in women's football in 1996
China last won an Olympic medal in women's football in 1996 / Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Ding Xuan (Shanghai Shengli), Peng Shimeng (Jiangsu Suning), Yang Yan (Sichuan), Zhu Yu (Wuhan Jianghan University)

Defenders: Chen Qiaozchu (Meizhou Huijun), Li Mengwen (Jiangsu Suning), Lin Yuping (Meizhou Huijun), Lou Jiahui (Henan Jianye), Luo Guiping (Meizhou Huijun), Wang Xiaoxue (Jiangsu Suning), Wu Haiyan (Wuhan Jianghan University), Zhai Qingwei (Jiangsu Suning)

Midfielders: Li Qingtong (Meizhou Huijun), Liu Jing (Changchun Zhuoyue), Ma Jun (Jiangsu Suning), Shen Mengyu (Shanghai Shengli), Wang Yan (Wuhan Jianghan University), Xiao Yuyi (Shanghai Shengli), Yao Lingwei (Jiangsu Suning), Zhang Xin (Shanghai Shengli)

Forwards: Long Chen (Shaanxi), Tang Jiali (Shanghai Shengli), Wang Shanshan (Tianjin Shengde), Wang Shuang (Wuhan Jianhan University), Wurigmula (Changchun Zhuoyue), Yang Man (Shandong Sports Lottery)


Netherlands

Netherlands are still reigning European champions from 2017
Netherlands are still reigning European champions from 2017 / ANP Sport/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Sari van Veenendaal (PSV), Lise Kop (Ajax), Loes Geurts (Hacken)

Defenders: Lynn Wilms (Twente), Stefanie van der Gragt (Ajax), Aniek Nouwen (Chelsea), Merel van der Dongen (Atletico Madrid), Sisca Folkertsma (Twente), Kika van Es (Twente), Dominique Janssen (Wolfsburg), Anouk Dekker (Montpellier)

Midfielders: Jill Roord (Wolfsburg), Sherida Spitse (Ajax), Danielle van de Donk (Lyon), Victoria Pelova (Ajax), Jackie Groenen (Man Utd), Inessa Kaagman (Brighton)

Forwards: Shanice van de Sanden (Wolfsburg), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Lineth Beerensteyn (Bayern Munich), Renate Jansen (Twente)


Zambia

Goalkeepers: Hazel Nali (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Ngambo Musole (ZESCO Utd), Catherine Musonda (Indeni Roses)

Defenders: Margaret Belemu (Red Arrows), Esther Siamfuko (Queens Academy), Agness Musase (Green Buffaloes), Anita Mulenga (Green Buffaloes), Martha Tembo (Green Buffaloes), Lushomo Mweemba (Green Buffaloes), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Utd), Fikile Khosa (Red Arrows)

Midfielders: Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows), Ireen Lungu (Green Buffaloes), Esther Namukwasa (Indeni Roses), Evarine Susan Katongo (ZISD Queens), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Utd), Hellen Chanda (Red Arrows)

Forwards: Barbara Banda (Shanghai Shengli), Grace Chanda (Red Arrows), Hellen Mubanga (Zaragoza), Racheal Kundanaji (BIIK Kazygurt), Ochumba Oseke (Red Arrows)


Group G

Australia

Sam Kerr gives Australia a world class attacking edge
Sam Kerr gives Australia a world class attacking edge / David Lidstrom/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams (Arsenal), McKenzie Arnold (West Ham), Teagan Micah (Sandviken)

Defenders: Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo), Alanna Kennedy (unattached), Steph Catley (Arsenal), Laura Brock (Guingamp), Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Aivi Luik (Sevilla), Courtney Nevin (Western Sydney Wanderers), Charlotte Grant (Rosengard)

Midfielders: Elise Kellond-Knight (Hammarby), Emily van Egmond (unattached), Tameka Yallop (West Ham), Chloe Logarzo (Kansas City), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Melbourne Victory)

Forwards: Kyah Simon (PSV), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Hayley Raso (Everton), Emily Gielnik (Vittsjo), Mary Fowler (Montpellier)


New Zealand

New Zealand's first target is to escape a tough group
New Zealand's first target is to escape a tough group / Greg Bowker/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Erin Nayler (unattached), Anna Leat (FFDP), Victoria Esson (Avaldsnes)

Defenders: Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), Ali Riley (Orlando Pride), Anna Green (Lower Hutt City), Meikayla Moore (Liverpool), C.J. Bott (Valerenga), Elizabeth Anton (FFDP), Claudia Bunge (Melbourne Victory), Gabi Rennie (Indiana University), Marissa van der Meer (FFDP)

Midfielders: Ria Percival (Tottenham), Annalie Longo (Melbourne Victory), Betsy Hassett (Stjarnan), Katie Bowen (Kansas City), Olivia Chance (Brisbane Roar), Daisy Cleverley (Georgetown University), Emma Rolston (Northern Lights)

Forwards: Hannah Wilkinson (Duisburg), Paige Satchell (Canberra Utd), Michaela Robertson (Lower Hutt City)


Sweden

Sweden are always a threat at international tournaments
Sweden are always a threat at international tournaments / Ricardo Nascimento/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl (Atletico Madrid), Jennifer Falk (Hacken), Zecira Musovic (Chelsea)

Defenders: Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Jonna Andersson (Chelsea), Hanna Glas (Bayern Munich), Amanda Ilestadt (Bayern Munich), Nathalie Bjorn (Rosengard), Emma Kullberg (Hacken)

Midfielders: Caroline Seger (Rosengard), Olivia Schough (Rosengard), Filippa Angeldal (Hacken), Julia Roddar (Washington Spirit), Hanna Bennison (Rosengard)

Forwards: Kosovare Asllani (Real Madrid), Sofia Jakobsson (Bayern Munich), Stina Blackstenius (Hacken), Fridolina Rolfo (Wolfsburg), Lina Hurtig (Juventus), Anna Anvegard (Rosengard), Madelen Janogy (Hammarby), Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg)


United States

This summer could be final rodeo for some of the United States' older stars
This summer could be final rodeo for some of the United States' older stars / Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash),

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars),

Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Catarina Macario (Lyon),

Forwards: Tobin Heath (unattached), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (unattached), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)


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