FA back Team GB women to fight to qualify for spot at 2016 Olympics

There is a 'definite will' within the FA to see a Great Britain women's football team attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Alex Horne, the FA general secretary, said earlier this week it is 'unlikely' unified British football teams would be resurrected for the next Olympic Games, but the FA will pursue the possibility of a women's side competing for a place in Rio.

As the host nation, Great Britain's men and women's football squads - who both reached the quarter-finals - qualified automatically for London 2012, but any future teams would need to earn their place at the Games.

Success story: Team GB won their first three games at the Olympics

Success story: Team GB won their first three games at the Olympics

The Olympics sparked unprecedented levels of interest for women's football in this country, with 70,584 spectators at Wembley to see Great Britain beat Brazil - the largest crowd for a women's game on these shores since 1920.

A record TV audience of 3.9million also watched USA beat Japan in the final; a match that attracted the second largest crowd ever for a women's match anywhere in the world.

Asked if there will be a British women's football team at the 2016 Olympics, Kelly Simmons, the FA's head of national game, said: 'I really hope so. There's certainly a compelling case. You can see the impact this team has had.

'No decision has been made. It's not just the FA's decision: the BOA, FIFA and other home nations need to be consulted.

'There's a whole funding issue. The English FA funded the GB women's squad this time but it was a one-off agreement.

'We would have to qualify (for Rio), too. There's a whole range of factors, but there's definitely a will within the FA.

'We're only a few days out of the Olympics but we will talk to the other stake-holders.'