2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship (age limit was raised from 19 to 20 in 2006).

The tournament was held in Brittany, France between 5 and 24 August 2018,[2] who would also host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Haiti and the Netherlands made their U-20 Women's World Cup debuts. North Korea were the defending champions but were eliminated by host France in the quarter-finals.

The final took place at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes between Spain and Japan, a rematch from the group stage. Japan won their first title, beating Spain 3–1 in the Final.

2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Coupe du monde de football féminin des moins de 20 ans 2018
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2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates5–24 August
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Japan (1st title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place England
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored98 (3.06 per match)
Attendance75,748 (2,367 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Georgia Stanway
Spain Patricia Guijarro
(6 goals)[1]
Best player(s)Spain Patricia Guijarro
Best goalkeeperEngland Sandy MacIver
Fair play award Japan

Host selection

On 6 March 2014, FIFA announced that bidding had begun for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Member associations interested in hosting must submit a declaration of interest by 15 April 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 31 October 2014.[3] The FIFA Executive Committee would select the hosts in 2015. In principle, FIFA preferred the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be hosted by the same member association, but if circumstances required, FIFA reserved the right to award the hosting of the events separately.

The following countries made official bids for hosting the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup by submitting their documents by 31 October 2014:[4][5]

The following countries withdrew their bid for hosting the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup:

  •  England - England registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[8] but in June 2014 it was announced that they would no longer proceed.[9]
  •  New Zealand - New Zealand registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[10] but in June 2014 it was announced that they would no longer proceed.[11]
  •  South Africa - South Africa registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline, but in June 2014 it was announced that they would no longer proceed.[12][13][14]

France were awarded the hosting rights of both tournaments by the FIFA Executive Committee on 19 March 2015.[15]

Qualified teams

A total of 16 teams qualified for the final tournament. In addition to France, which qualified automatically as hosts, the other 15 teams qualified from six separate continental competitions. The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 13–14 October 2016.[16]

Confederation Qualifying tournament Team Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
AFC
(Asia)
2017 AFC U-19 Women's Championship  China PR 6th 2014 Runners-up (2004, 2006)
 Japan 6th 2016 Third place (2012, 2016)
 North Korea 7th 2016 Champions (2006, 2016)
CAF
(Africa)
2018 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament  Ghana 5th 2016 Group stage (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Nigeria 9th 2016 Runners-up (2010, 2014)
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship  Haiti 1st None Debut
 Mexico 8th 2016 Quarter-finals (2010, 2012, 2016)
 United States 9th 2016 Champions (2002, 2008, 2012)
CONMEBOL
(South America)
2018 South American U-20 Women's Championship  Brazil 9th 2016 Third place (2006)
 Paraguay 2nd 2014 Group stage (2014)
OFC
(Oceania)
2017 OFC U-19 Women's Championship  New Zealand 7th 2016 Quarter-finals (2014)
UEFA
(Europe)
Host nation  France 7th 2016 Runners-up (2016)
2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship  England 5th 2014 Quarter-finals (2002, 2008)
 Germany 9th 2016 Champions (2004, 2010, 2014)
 Netherlands 1st None Debut
 Spain 3rd 2016 Quarter-finals (2016)

Venues

The four host cities, all located in the region of Brittany, were announced on 7 September 2017.[17] The opening match, semi-finals, third place match and final were played in Vannes.[18]

Concarneau Saint-Malo Dinan-Léhon
Stade Guy Piriou Stade Marville
(Stade de Marville)
Stade du Clos Gastel
Capacity: 6,500 Capacity: 2,500 Capacity: 2,000
Vannes
Stade de la Rabine
Capacity: 9,500
Stade de la Rabine by M. Riegler

Branding

The official emblem was unveiled on 22 September 2017.[18]

Draw

The official draw was held on 8 March 2018, 11:00 CET (UTC+1), at the Rennes Opera House in Rennes.[19][20][21][22][23] The teams were seeded based on their performances in previous U-20 Women's World Cups and confederation tournaments, with the hosts France automatically seeded and assigned to position A1. Teams of the same confederation could not meet in the group stage, except for UEFA with five teams so one group would contain two UEFA teams.[24]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads

Players born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2002 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team had to name a preliminary squad of 35 players. From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 21 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad could be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.[25]

Match officials

A total of 15 referees and 30 assistant referees were appointed by FIFA for the tournament.[26][27]

Confederation Referees Assistant referees
AFC

Australia Kate Jacewicz
China Qin Liang
North Korea Ri Hyang-ok

Australia Renae Coghill
China Fang Yan
China Cui Yongmei
India Uvena Fernandes
North Korea Kum-Nyo Hong
South Korea Kim Kyoung-min

CAF

Ethiopia Lidya Tafesse Abebe
Zambia Gladys Lengwe

Malawi Bernadettar Kwimbira
Kenya Mary Njoroge
Madagascar Lidwine Rakotozafinoro
Mauritius Queency Victoire

CONCACAF

Canada Carol Anne Chenard
Honduras Melissa Borjas

Canada Chantal Boudreau
Mexico Yudilia Briones
United States Kathryn Nesbitt
Honduras Shirley Perello

CONMEBOL

Brazil Edina Alves Batista
Uruguay Claudia Umpiérrez

Ecuador Mónica Amboya
Brazil Neuza Back
Uruguay Luciana Mascaraña
Brazil Tatiane Sacilotti

OFC

New Zealand Anna-Marie Keighley

Tonga Lata Kaumatule
Samoa Maria Tamalelagi

UEFA

Czech Republic Jana Adámková
France Stéphanie Frappart
Ukraine Kateryna Monzul
Switzerland Esther Staubli
Germany Bibiana Steinhaus

Romania Petruta Iugulescu
Greece Chrysoula Kourompylia
Switzerland Susanne Küng
England Sian Massey
France Manuela Nicolosi
Republic of Ireland Michelle O'Neill
Switzerland Belinda Pierre
Germany Katrin Rafalski
Croatia Sanja Rodak
Ukraine Maryna Striletska

Group stage

The official schedule was unveiled on 17 January 2018.[28]

The top two teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals. The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):[25]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined as followed:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points in all group matches:
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).[29]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France (H) 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7 Knockout stage
2  Netherlands 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3  Ghana 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
4  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
New Zealand 1–2 Netherlands
Report
  • Kalma Goal 28'
  • Van Deursen Goal 78'
France 4–1 Ghana
  • Laurent Goal 6'31'
  • Fercocq Goal 27'
  • Baltimore Goal 90+7'
Report
  • Owusu-Ansah Goal 58'
Netherlands 4–0 Ghana
Report
France 0–0 New Zealand
Report
Netherlands 0–4 France
Report
Ghana 1–0 New Zealand
  • Anima Goal 75'
Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 7 Knockout stage
2  North Korea 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
3  Mexico 3 1 0 2 5 10 −5 3
4  Brazil 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Mexico 3–2 Brazil
Report
  • Kerolin Goal 6'17'
North Korea 1–3 England
  • Ja Un-yong Goal 71'
Report
Brazil 1–1 England
  • Ariadina Goal 90+2'
Report
North Korea 2–1 Mexico
  • Choe Kum-ok Goal 14'
  • Kim Kyong-yong Goal 85'
Report
  • Ovalle Goal 12'
Brazil 1–2 North Korea
Report
  • Son Sun-im Goal 44'
  • Choe Kum-ok Goal 90+3'
England 6–1 Mexico
Report
  • Ovalle Goal 37'

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  Japan 3 2 0 1 7 1 +6 6
3  United States 3 1 1 1 8 3 +5 4
4  Paraguay 3 0 0 3 1 16 −15 0
Paraguay 1–4 Spain
Report
United States 0–1 Japan
Report
  • Hayashi Goal 76'
Spain 1–0 Japan
  • Menayo Goal 16'
Report
United States 6–0 Paraguay
Report
Spain 2–2 United States
Report
Japan 6–0 Paraguay
Report

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Knockout stage
2  Nigeria 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3  China PR 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4  Haiti 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Nigeria 0–1 Germany
Report
  • Sanders Goal 69'
Haiti 1–2 China PR
Report
  • Zhao Yujie Goal 13'
  • Shen Mengyu Goal 46'
Germany 2–0 China PR
  • Gwinn Goal 31'
  • Freigang Goal 40'
Report
Haiti 0–1 Nigeria
Report
Germany 3–2 Haiti
  • Freigang Goal 18'
  • Kögel Goal 49'
  • Bühl Goal 60'
Report
China PR 1–1 Nigeria
  • Zhang Linyan Goal 41'
Report
  • Dou Jiaxing Goal 90+5' (o.g.)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time would be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. However, for the third place match, no extra time was played and the winner was determined by a penalty shoot-out if necessary.[25]

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
16 August – Concarneau
 
 
 France1
 
20 August – Vannes
 
 North Korea0
 
 France0
 
16 August – Concarneau
 
 Spain1
 
 Spain2
 
24 August – Vannes
 
 Nigeria1
 
 Spain1
 
17 August – Vannes
 
 Japan3
 
 England2
 
20 August – Vannes
 
 Netherlands1
 
 England0
 
17 August – Vannes
 
 Japan2 Third place
 
 Germany1
 
24 August – Vannes
 
 Japan3
 
 France1 (2)
 
 
 England (p)1 (4)
 

Quarter-finals

Spain 2–1 Nigeria
Report
  • Efih Goal 57'
France 1–0 North Korea
  • Delabre Goal 29' (pen.)
Report
England 2–1 Netherlands
Report
Germany 1–3 Japan
Report

Semi-finals

England 0–2 Japan
Report
France 0–1 Spain
Report Guijarro Goal 51'

Third place match

France 1–1 England
Report
Penalties
2–4

Final

Spain 1–3 Japan
Report
 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Winners 

Japan
First title

Awards

The following awards were given for the tournament:[62]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Spain Patricia Guijarro Japan Saori Takarada Japan Moeka Minami
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
Spain Patricia Guijarro England Georgia Stanway Japan Saori Takarada
6 goals, 3 assists 6 goals 5 goals, 3 assists
Golden Glove
England Sandy MacIver
FIFA Fair Play Award
 Japan

Goalscorers

There were 98 goals scored in 32 matches, for an average of 3.06 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

  • China Dou Jiaxing (against Nigeria)

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External links

2017 AFC U-19 Women's Championship

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The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the AFC representatives.

2017 OFC U-19 Women's Championship

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2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship

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Same as previous editions held in odd-numbered years, the tournament acts as the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The top four teams of the tournament qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the UEFA representatives, besides France who qualified automatically as hosts.

2018 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament

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Players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible to compete in the tournament. Two teams qualify from this tournament for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the CAF representatives.

2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

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The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the CONCACAF representatives. The tournament also determined which three Caribbean nations participate in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.Mexico defeated defending champions United States in the final to win their first title.

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2018 South American U-20 Women's Championship

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Nils Herbert Kromann Nielsen (born 3 November 1971) is a Danish football manager. Since 14 November 2018, he is the head coach of the Switzerland women's national football team.Nielsen is best known for his tenure with the Denmark women's national football team from 2013 to 2017. He led the Danes to a runners-up finish at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. Despite departing the team shortly after, Nielsen received acclaim for his work and finished runner-up in the 2017 The Best FIFA Women's Coach award. He spent most of 2018 as the assistant manager of the China women's national under-20 football team, taking them to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Sarah Morton (footballer)

Sarah Jane Mahina-A-Rangi Morton (born 28 August 1998) is a New Zealand footballer who currently plays for Western Springs. She has represented New Zealand at both age group and senior international level.Morton was a member of the New Zealand U-17 side at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica, the New Zealand U-20 side at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, and again at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France.Morton made her senior début for the Football Ferns as starting left fullback in a 1–3 loss to Japan on 10 June 2018.

Spain women's national under-20 football team

The Spain women's national under-20 football team represents Spain in international football in under-20 categories and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Stade de la Rabine

Stade de la Rabine is a stadium in Vannes, France. It is currently used by Vannes OC and Rugby Club Vannes. The stadium is able to hold 9,500 spectators. It was used as a venue for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, which was won by England. It also hosted the opening match, semifinals, third-place match, and final of the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

On February 3, 2019, it hosted an Six Nations Under 20s Championship match between France and Wales with France winning 32 - 10.

United States women's national under-20 soccer team

The United States U-20 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior women's national team. The team most recently appeared in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France, where they failed to progress from the group stage for the first time in the competition's history. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The head coach since April 2017 is Jitka Klimková.

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