The Women's Olympic Football Tournament is one of the highlights of the female football calendar. Unlike the Men's competition, the women's tournament features top senior national teams in heated action every inch as important as the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The fourth instalment of the competition in Beijing this August will see some of the top female footballers in action. With twelve teams participating, the 2008 Women's Football Tournament is the most star-studded so far.

Top-ranked Germany, who won the last FIFA Women's World Cup in China last year, are bringing such standouts as ace striker Birgit Prinz and Renate Lingor. Brazil, runners-up from last year's world finals, have some of the best women's players of all time in their side. Marta and Cristiane grab all the headlines, but they are just two performers in a dazzling orchestra.

The twice-champion USA will be without star striker Abby Wambach and pregnant captain Kristine Lilly, but will still have the likes of Shannon Boxx and Natasha Kai to count on. Near neighbours Canada will be looking to all-time top scorer Christine Sinclair to lead the charge in their first-ever Olympic football finals.

Among the outside contenders to light up the finals are a raft of potential standout performers, like Korea DPR's Ri Kum Suk, Cynhtia Uwak of Nigeria, Sweden's outstanding strke trio of Lotta Schelin, Victoria Svensson and the iconic Hanna Ljungberg and China's Xu Yuan.

Click on the team lists to the right of this article to find the names of all 264 players from the 12 women's teams participating at Beijing 2008.

And remember to follow all the action of both the Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments right here on, the tournaments' official website.