|Host country United Kingdom|
Location Water Polo Arena
|Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)|
Fourth place Hungary
Dates 30 Jul 2012 – 9 Aug 2012
Goals scored 468
|Champions United States (1st title)|
Champion United States women's national water polo team
Third place Australia women's national water polo team
The women's water polo tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was held from 30 July to 9 August at the Water Polo Arena.
Teams from eight nations competed in the tournament and have been seeded into two groups for the preliminary round. A total of 24 games were played, 12 of them in the preliminary round.
The tournament featured eight teams, separated into two groups of four teams. Each team played the other three teams in its pool once in a round-robin format. All eight teams advanced to the quarterfinal stage where they were seeded and played against a team from the other group.
The winners of the quarterfinal games moved on to the semifinals, while the quarterfinal losers played a series of classification games. The semifinal winners played in the gold medal game, while the losers played each other for the bronze.
All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).