Germany's shock defeat to Japan in the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup has also cost them a place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as they miss out behind Sweden and France.
Bianca Schmidt of Germany reacts after the 1-0 loss over Japan in the women's World Cup held in Wolfsburg on July 10, 2011 Photo: Reuters
Hosts and defending champions Germany crashed out of the women's World Cup on Saturday when they were floored by an extra-time goal from Japan who will now meet Sweden in the semifinal in Frankfurt on Wednesday.
Having won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Germany's defeat to Japan has also cost them a ticket to the London Olympics.
Sweden's 3-1 win over Australia in Sunday's quarterfinal at the women's World Cup means they join France and Japan in the last four.
The Swedes and French now qualify to compete at the women's football tournament for London 2012 as the best two European teams from the women's World Cup while England, who lost to France, qualify automatically as the hosts.
But Germany coach Silvia Neid said the Germans' absence from London will give them more time to prepare for Euro 2013 to be held by Sweden.
"This means that we are now have one and a half years time to prepare for the European Championship in 2013," said Neid, with Germany as defending European champions.
"Our aim has to be to reach the European Championships and the fact that we won't be at the Olympics won't harm the development of women's football here."
Germany's players react after the quarterfinal match of the FIFA women's football World Cup Germany vs Japan on July 9, in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. Germany's shock defeat to Japan in the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup has also cost them a place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as they miss out behind Sweden and France (Photo: AFP)