The draw for the group stage of the men’s and women’s football competitions at the 2012 London Olympics was announced today. While the men’s competition has 16 teams participating and is an Under-23 event inclusive of three overage players, the women’s tournament is a 12 team competition for full national teams.Hosts Great Britain have been given a tough draw in the men’s competition against Uruguay, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates; while all other three groups are evenly poised. The top two teams from each of the four groups go through to the quarterfinals.In the women’s competition the Great Britain women’s team will face New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil in an interesting Group E. In Group F last years Women’s World Cup winners Japan take on Canada, Sweden and South Africa, while in Group G defending champions USA play France, Colombia and North Korea.
As the women’s competition is a 12 teams tournament the top two teams from each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarterfinals.
Group A: Great Britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay
Group B: Mexico, South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland
Group C: Brazil, Egypt, Belarus, New Zealand
Group D: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco
Group E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil
Group F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa
Group G: USA, France, Colombia, North Korea