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2021 Women’s Olympic Soccer Knockout Bracket, Schedule, Results: Semifinal Draw Set; USWNT to Face Canada

2021 Women’s Olympic Soccer Knockout Bracket, Schedule, Results: Semifinal Draw Set; USWNT to Face Canada article feature image

Francois Nel/Getty Images. Pictured: United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stops a penalty kick against the Netherlands.

  • Canada and Australia pulled off upsets in the Olympic women's soccer quarterfinals on Friday morning.
  • Canada will face the winner of Netherlands-USA, with Australia taking on Sweden or Japan.
  • Here's everything you need to know about women's soccer at the 2021 Olympics.

The semifinal round in women’s soccer at the 2021 Olympics is set.

Despite another underwhelming performance, the United States survived and advanced on penalty kicks against the Netherlands. The Americans and Dutch played to a 2-2 draw through regulation and extra time before earning a 4-2 shootout. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was the USWNT star, making three penalty saves in the game, including a crucial stop in the second half.

The U.S. will face rival Canada, which needed penalties as well to get past Brazil. The two sides played to a scoreless draw before the Canadians moved on with a 4-3 shootout win. The USWNT and Canada will play the first semifinal Monday at 4 a.m. ET, with the winner advancing to Thursday’s gold-medal match.

On the other side, Sweden cruised to a 3-1 win over Japan and Australia outlasted Great Britain in a 4-3 triumph. They will play in the other semifinal Monday at 7 a.m. ET in Tokyo.

The USWNT is holding firm as the gold-medal favorite, dipping below plus money at -125 at most books, with Sweden next at +175 odds. Sweden cruised to a 3-0 victory over the U.S. in their opening match of group play.

Below, we broke down group standings and scenarios for the knockout round, and we’ll continue to fill out the bracket as it develops in the tournament.

Olympic Women’s Soccer Bracket


Quarterfinal Matchups

Game 1: Canada 0, Brazil 0 (Canada wins, 4-3, on penalties)
Game 2: Australia 4, Great Britain 3
Game 3: Sweden 3, Japan 1
Game 4: USA 2, Netherlands 2 (USA wins, 4-2, on penalties)


Monday, Aug. 2

Game 5: Canada vs. USA — 4 a.m. ET
Game 6: Australia vs. Sweden — 7 a.m. ET

Medal matches

Thursday, Aug. 5

Game 7: Bronze medal match — 4 a.m. ET
Game 8: Gold medal match — 10 am. ET

Group Standings

The 12 teams in the Olympic women’s soccer tournament are broken into three four-team groups. The top two teams will automatically advance, and two third-place teams with the most points will also reach the quarterfinals, with goal differential and goals scored as the next tiebreakers.

Group E

Team Points GD
Great Britain 7 3
Canada 5 1
Japan 4 0
Chile 0 -4

Japan needed a win to advance and got it. It’s the second of two third-place qualifiers, along with Australia.

Group F

Team Points GD
Netherlands 7 13
Brazil 7 6
China 1 -11
Zambia 1 -8

Group G

Team Points GD
Sweden 9 7
USA 4 2
Australia 4 -1
New Zealand 0 -6

The USWNT advanced with a draw and finished second, because of its goal differential tiebreaker over Australia. It will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

2021 Olympic Women’s Soccer Schedule & Results

All four quarterfinal matches were Friday, with the semifinals and medal-round games set for Monday and Thursday. The gold-medal match will be at 10 a.m. ET and more viewable for the American audience.

Wednesday, July 21

Match Time (ET) TV Channel
Great Britain 2, Chile 0 3:30 a.m. Olympic
Brazil 5, China 0 4 a.m. NBCSN
Sweden 3, USA 0 4:30 a.m. USA
Japan 1, Canada 1 6:30 a.m. NBCSN
Netherlands 10, Zambia 3 7 a.m. Olympic
Australia 2, New Zealand 1 7:30 a.m. USA

Saturday, July 24

Match Time (ET) TV Channel
Canada 2, Chile 1 3:30 a.m. Telemundo
China 4, Zambia 4 4 a.m. None
Sweden 4, Australia 2 4:30 a.m. NBCSN
Great Britain 2, Japan 1 6:30 a.m. None
Netherlands 3, Brazil 3 7 a.m. Universo
USA 6, New Zealand 1 7:30 a.m. NBCSN

Tuesday, July 27

Match Time (ET) TV Channel
Sweden 2, New Zealand 0 4 a.m. N/A
USA 0, Australia 0 4 a.m. USA
Japan 1, Chile 0 7 a.m. Universo
Canada 1, Great Britain 1 7 a.m. N/A
Netherlands 8, China 2 7:30 a.m. N/A
Brazil 1, Zambia 0 7:30 a.m. Telemundo

Odds to Win Gold Medal

Odds via DraftKings entering the semifinal matches

Team Odds
United States -125
Sweden +175
Canada +800
Australia +900

U.S. Women’s Roster

Goalkeeper (2): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defense (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)

Forwards (5): Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press, Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)

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