FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-20 Womens-World-Cup.jpg
Founded 2002
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 16 (Finals)
Current champions United States (3rd title)
Most successful team(s) United States (3 titles)
2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament, organized by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship with an upper age limit of 19. In 2006, the age limit was raised to the current 20. The event was renamed as a World Cup effective with the 2008 competition, making its name consistent with FIFA's other worldwide competitions for national teams.

Starting with the 2010 edition, tournaments held in years immediately preceding the FIFA Women's World Cup are awarded as part of the bidding process for the Women's World Cup. In those years, the U-20 Women's World Cup serves as a dry run for the host nation of the Women's World Cup, a role similar to that of the FIFA Confederations Cup in the men's game.

Qualification[edit]

Every continental governing body has it's own qualifying tournament. Usually their continental championship is used as a qualifier.

Confederation Championship
AFC (Asia) AFC U-19 Women's Championship
CAF (Africa) African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women
CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
CONMEBOL (South America) South American U-20 Women's Championship
OFC (Oceania) OFC U-20 Women's Championship
UEFA (Europe) UEFA Women's U-19 Championship

History[edit]

2002[edit]

The first women's world championship at the youth level, held as the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, with an age limit of 19, was hosted by Canada. The final, held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, drew a surprisingly large crowd of 47,000 to watch the hosts play the United States. The US defeated Canada 1–0 on a golden goal by Lindsay Tarpley. Canada's Christine Sinclair was the adidas Golden Ball recipient, as tournament MVP, and the Golden Shoe (10 goals) winner.

2004[edit]

The 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship was held in Thailand. For the second time in a row, the current holders of the adult World Cup, Germany, won the youth competition. The Golden Ball went to Brazilian star, Marta, while for the second time the Golden Boot went to a Canadian, Brittany Timko.

2006[edit]

FIFA raised the women's youth championship age limit to 20 to match the men's, beginning with the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, held in Russia from 17 August through 3 September.

The competition was held in four Moscow stadiums (Dinamo, Lokomotiv, Podmoskovie Stadium and Torpedo Stadion) and one in St. Petersburg (Petrovskiy Stadion).

Korea DPR won the final 5–0 over China PR.

2008[edit]

The 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship was held in Chile, from 20 November to 7 December 2008.[1]

Six years after winning their first championship at the youth level in 2002, the United States reclaimed the trophy with a 2–1 win over defending champions Korea DPR. The Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe went to Sydney Leroux of the United States.

2010[edit]

The 2010 edition of the tournament was held in Germany from 13 July to 1 August 2010. The host nation defeated Nigeria in the final to claim its second championship. It was the first time that an African nation had advanced as far as the semifinals. It was also the first tournament in which four different confederations were represented in the semifinals. The Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards both went to Alexandra Popp of Germany.

2012[edit]

The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was played in Japan from 19 August to 8 September,[2] after initially having a hosting bid from Vietnam withdrawn and a bid from Uzbekistan rejected.

2014[edit]

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was held in Canada from 5-25 August 2014, who reprised its role as host after a Zimbabwean bid withdrew leaving the Canadian bid unopposed.

Results[edit]

USA has won the most titles with three.[3]

Year Host Final Third Place Match Number of Teams
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2002
Details
 Canada
United States
1 – 0
asdet

Canada

Germany
1 – 1
(4–3) PSO

Brazil
12
2004
Details
 Thailand
Germany
2 – 0
China PR

United States
3 – 0
Brazil
12
2006
Details
 Russia
North Korea
5 – 0
China PR

Brazil
0 – 0 a.e.t.
(6–5) PSO

United States
16
2008
Details
 Chile
United States
2 – 1
North Korea

Germany
5 – 3
France
16
2010
Details
 Germany
Germany
2 – 0
Nigeria

South Korea
1 – 0
Colombia
16
2012
Details
 Japan
United States
1 – 0
Germany

Japan
2 – 1
Nigeria
16
2014
Details
 Canada 16
2016
Details

Awards[edit]

  • Source: FIFA[4]

Adidas Golden Ball[edit]

Tournament Winner
2002 Canada Canada Christine Sinclair
2004 Thailand Brazil Marta
2006 Russia China Ma Xiaoxu
2008 Chile United States Sydney Leroux
2010 Germany Germany Alexandra Popp
2012 Japan Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán

Adidas Golden Shoe[edit]

Tournament Winner Goals
2002 Canada Canada Christine Sinclair 10
2004 Thailand Canada Brittany Timko 7
2006 Russia China Ma Xiaoxu 5
2008 Chile United States Sydney Leroux 5
2010 Germany Germany Alexandra Popp 10
2012 Japan North Korea Kim Un-Hwa 7

Adidas Golden Glove[edit]

Tournament Winner
2008 Chile United States Alyssa Naeher
2010 Germany United States Bianca Henninger
2012 Japan Germany Laura Benkarth

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

Tournament Winner
2002 Canada  Japan
2004 Thailand United States
2006 Russia  North Korea
2008 Chile United States
2010 Germany  South Korea
2012 Japan  Japan

Total wins[edit]

Team Champion Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
 United States 3 (2002, 2008, 2012) 1 (2004) 1 (2006)
 Germany 2 (2004, 2010) 1 (2012) 2 (2002, 2008)
 North Korea 1 (2006) 1 (2008)
China PR 2 (2004, 2006)
 Nigeria 1 (2010) 1 (2012)
 Canada 1 (2002)
 Brazil 1 (2006) 2 (2002, 2004)
 South Korea 1 (2010)
 Japan 1 (2012)
 France 1 (2008)
 Colombia 1 (2010)

Comprehensive team results in each World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R1 — Round 1, Group stage
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew
  • XX — Country did not exist or national team was inactive
  •    — Hosts
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 2002
Canada
(12)
2004
Thailand
(12)
2006
Russia
(16)
2008
Chile
(16)
2010
Germany
(16)
2012
Japan
(16)
2014
Canada
(16)
Total
 Argentina R1 R1 R1 3
 Australia QF QF R1 3
 Brazil 4th 4th 3rd QF R1 R1 R1 7
 Canada 2nd QF R1 R1 R1 QF 6
 Chile R1 1
 China PR 2nd 2nd R1 R1 R1 5
 Chinese Taipei R1 1
 Colombia 4th 1
 Costa Rica R1 R1 2
 Denmark QF 1
 DR Congo R1 R1 2
 England QF QF R1 R1 4
 Finland R1 R1 2
 France R1 QF 4th R1 q 5
 Germany 3rd 1st QF 3rd 1st 2nd q 7
 Ghana R1 R1 R1 3
 Italy R1 R1 2
 Japan QF QF R1 3rd 4
 Mexico R1 R1 R1 QF QF R1 6
 New Zealand R1 R1 R1 R1 QF 5
 Nigeria R1 QF QF QF 2nd 4th q 7
 North Korea 1st 2nd QF QF q 5
 Norway R1 QF 2
 Paraguay R1 1
 Russia QF QF 2
 South Korea R1 3rd QF QF 4
 Spain R1 1
 Sweden QF 1
 Switzerland R1 R1 R1 3
 Thailand R1 1
 United States 1st 3rd 4th 1st QF 1st QF 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008". FIFA. Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Match Schedule FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012". FIFA.com. 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women U-19/U-20 World Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 34. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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