Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2016: Round 2 Group Games

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Introduction

Games in Round 2 of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio were completed on 6 August.

The schedule of games can be found here.

I am aggregating some of the data from the tournament in this Google Sheet.

Secondary Data

I am collecting data from the FIFA website. I am making the assumption that the data shared there provide a record of fact assured by FIFA.

I am interested in:

  • When goals are scored.
  • Performance compared to FIFA ranking.
  • The team that scores the first goal.
  • The discipline of each team (cards received).

Goals Scored Round 2

There were 18 goals scored in the six games of Round 2 of the tournament.

The scorers were:

R2 Goals

My Google Sheet has hyperlinks to information about each goalscorer.

Time Intervals

I am using fifteen minute time intervals to record when goals are scored in the tournament. I am mindful of the issue of additional time after 45 and 90 minutes and how these might be accounted. For the purposes of this tournament I will note any goals scored in time added on at the end of each half. (In Round 2, Sara Dabritz (Germany) scored her goal at 45+2 in the game against Australia. Yasha Gu (China) scored her goal at 45+1 in the game against South Africa.)

In Round 2, the profile of goals scored was:

R2 Time

FIFA Ranking and Scoring First

Five of the six games in Round 2 were won by the team scoring first. Australia scored first against Germany and drew the game.

The higher FIFA ranked team won four of the six games played in Round 2. Germany (FIFA rank 2) drew with Australia (5). Brazil (8) defeated Sweden (6).

The FIFA rankings of the teams in the tournament are:

Ranking

Discipline

There were 14 yellow cards given by referees in Round 2.   There was one straight red card for Abby Erceg of New Zealand in the 88th minute of the game against Colombia.

Photo Credit

Olympic Stadium (FIFA Women’s world Cup, Twitter)

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