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Women’s Football tournament begins at Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016 gets under way with Football Tournament kicking off on Wednesday  as the first group stages of the women’s tournament take place on Wednesday with Sweden facing South Africa, while the men’s group stages start on Thursday, when Iraq play Denmark.

With 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams, there are 58 matches to get through. There is football being played on 12 days of the tournament, with six rest days.

Women’s groups

  • Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
  • Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany
  • Group G: USA, New Zealand, France, Columbia


Five-time women’s world player of the year Marta competes in her fourth Olympics for Brazil, while her 38-year-old team-mate Formiga is going to her sixth Games and is looking to continue her streak of appearing at every women’s Olympic football tournament.

The reigning world and Olympic champions USA have seven gold medal winners in their line-up. Among them is goalkeeper Hope Solo, who could win a record fourth Olympic title at Rio, and current world player of the year Carli Lloyd.

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