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Netherlands to stage Olympic qualifiers

Published: Tuesday 15 December 2015, 12.30CET
The Netherlands will host a mini-tournament also involving Norway, Sweden and Switzerland to decide UEFA's third qualifiers for the 2016 women's Olympics.
Netherlands to stage Olympic qualifiers
The Netherlands reached the second round in their first World Cup ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 15 December 2015, 12.30CET

Netherlands to stage Olympic qualifiers

The Netherlands will host a mini-tournament also involving Norway, Sweden and Switzerland to decide UEFA's third qualifiers for the 2016 women's Olympics.

The Netherlands will host a mini-tournament also involving Norway, Sweden and Switzerland in March to decide UEFA's third qualifiers for the 2016 women's Olympic competition in Brazil.

UEFA has three slots in the event, which were decided by performances at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Fourth-placed Germany and quarter-finalists France booked their Brazil campaigns but the best World Cup performers, bronze-medallists England, do not enter Olympic football.

Therefore the four UEFA nations eliminated in the World Cup round of 16 will play off for the remaining berth, each team meeting each other once on 2, 5 and 9 March. UEFA has appointed UEFA Women's EURO 2017 hosts Netherlands to stage the Olympic qualifiers.

All the matches will be played at Rotterdam's Woudestein and Sparta Stadiums, with the exception of one game in the Hague. Stadium Sparta, better known as Het Kasteel, is a venue for UEFA Women's EURO 2017.

Fixtures (all KO 19.30CET)
Wednesday 2 March
Norway v Sweden (Woudestein Stadium, Rotterdam)
Switzerland v Netherlands (ADO Den Haag, the Hague)

Saturday 5 March
Norway v Netherlands (Stadium Sparta-Het Kasteel, Rotterdam)
Sweden v Switzerland (Woudestein Stadium, Rotterdam)

Wednesday 9 March
Switzerland v Norway (Woudestein Stadium, Rotterdam)
Netherlands v Sweden (Stadium Sparta-Het Kasteel, Rotterdam)

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Norway celebrate 2000 Olympic gold

Competition facts
• Norway were Europe's only Olympic gold medallists in 2000 (no other UEFA nation has played in the final) and took bronze in the inaugural 1996 event.

• Sweden lost 1-0 to Germany in the bronze-medal play-off in 2004.

• Neither the Netherlands nor Switzerland have played in the women's Olympic tournament; both made their World Cup finals debuts this year.

• Sweden have already qualified for the men's event via the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

• All these nations have won men's Olympic football medals but only Sweden, in 1948, have taken gold.

• Norway, Sweden and Switzerland will all be playing in UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifying from September: full fixture list.

2016 Olympic qualifiers
Brazil (hosts), Colombia, France, Germany, South Africa, Zimbabwe + 6 tbc (2 AFC, 2 CONCACAF, 1 OFC, 1 UEFA)

• Matches in Brazil will be played from 3 to 19 August 2016.

Past Olympic medallists
2012: United States (gold), Japan (silver), Canada (bronze); London, United Kingdom
2008: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Beijing, China
2004: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Athens, Greece
2000: Norway (gold), United States (silver), Germany (bronze); Sydney, Australia
1996: United States (gold), China (silver), Norway (bronze); Atlanta, United States

Last updated: 16/12/15 6.38CET

Related information

http://www.trn.infra.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2266686.html#netherlands+stage+olympic+qualifiers