2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was the 4th edition of the tournament. It was held in Chile between November 19 and December 7, 2008.[1] Sixteen teams, comprising representatives from all six confederations, took part in the final competition, in which Chile had a guaranteed place as the host nation.[2]

2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008
Copa Mundial Femenina de Fútbol Sub-20 de 2008
Official logo
Tournament details
Host countryChile
DatesNovember 19 – December 7
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (2nd title)
Runners-up North Korea
Third place Germany
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored113 (3.53 per match)
Attendance252,358 (7,886 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sydney Leroux
(5 goals)
Best player(s) Sydney Leroux
Best goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher
Fair play award United States


On September 15, 2006 FIFA officially announced Chile as the host country. It was the third time Chile organized a football world cup, after the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the first in the women's competition. The decision came as a surprise to Chile, as it had bid in August 2006 to host the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which was finally granted to New Zealand (Ecuador was unsuccessful in both bids). Chile previously hosted the South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship and the first edition for Under 17s in January 2008.


Four different cities were selected as venues in an open bidding process. Changes to the stadiums to comply with FIFA standards were carried out between December 2007 and September 2008.[3][4] The selected venues were:

Coquimbo La Florida
(Greater Santiago area)
Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso Stadium La Florida Bicentennial Stadium
Capacity: 18,750 Capacity: 12,000
Chillán Temuco
Nelson Oyarzún Stadium Germán Becker Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 18,125

Qualified teams

The places were allocated as follows to confederations: AFC (3), CAF (2), CONCACAF (3), CONMEBOL (2), OFC (1), UEFA (4), plus the host country.[6]

Continent Confederation
Qualifying Tournament
Asia AFC U-19 Women's Championship 2007  North Korea
 China PR
Africa 2008 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament  Nigeria
 DR Congo
Central, North America and Caribbean 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship  Canada
 United States
South America Host nation  Chile1
2008 South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship  Brazil
Oceania appointed by OFC, no qualifying tournament  New Zealand
Europe 2007 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship  Germany
1.^ Teams that made their debut.


Group stage

The opening phase of the tournament comprised four groups of four teams, with the top two sides in each section advancing to the quarter-finals. The final draw to determine the groups took place in Santiago, Chile on September 13, 2008 at 20:30 UTC.[7][8]

All times local (UTC-3)[9]

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 321063+37
 England 312042+25
 New Zealand 31117704
 Chile 300338−50
New Zealand 2–3 Nigeria
Percival  42'  52' (Report) S. Michael  31'
Chukwudi  35'
Chikwelu  90+2'

Chile 0–2 England
(Report) Chaplen  54'
Duggan  79'

Nigeria 1–1 England
Orji  71' (Report) Dowie  45+1'
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard

Chile 3–4 New Zealand
Mardones  50'
Pardo  83'
Zamora  90+2'
(Report) White  20'  36' (pen.)  74'
Leota  66'
Attendance: 16,324
Referee: Érika Vargas

Nigeria 2–0 Chile
Guajardo  15' (o.g.)
Orji  41'

England 1–1 New Zealand
Duggan  90+4' (Report) McLaughlin  27'
Attendance: 8,661
Referee: Sachiko Baba

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 320162+46
 France 320154+16
 China PR 31112204
 Argentina 301216−51
China PR 0–0 Argentina

France 0–3 United States
(Report) Morgan  53'
Leroux  56'  71'

United States 3–0 Argentina
Edwards  11'
Morgan  53'  90'
Referee: Cristina Ionescu

China PR 0–2 France
(Report) Delie  70'
Le Sommer  87'
Attendance: 7,590
Referee: Therese Sagno

United States 0–2 China PR
(Report) Zhang  52'
Liu  58'
Referee: Tanja Schett

Argentina 1–3 France
Jaimes  42' (Report) Le Sommer  65'  80'
Machart  90+3'
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 330072+59
 Germany 320183+56
 Canada 310254+13
 DR Congo 3003112−110
Canada 0–2 Japan
(Report) Goto  28'
Tanaka  40'

DR Congo 0–5 Germany
(Report) Kulig  7', 90+1'
Baunach  8'
Kerschowski  43'
N. Banecki  82' (pen.)
Attendance: 3,478
Referee: Gabriela Bandeira

Germany 1–2 Japan
Kerschowski  61' (Report) Koyama  41'
Nagasato  83'
Referee: Bentla D Coth

Canada 4–0 DR Congo
Riverso  1'
Lam-Feist  40'
Filigno  77'
Armstrong  90'
Attendance: 7,482
Referee: Gyoengyi Gaal

Germany 2–1 Canada
Schmidt  77'
Schwab  90'
(Report) Lam-Feist  81'

Japan 3–1 DR Congo
Mafuala  4' (o.g.)
Ataeyama  10'
Utsugi  78'
(Report) Amani  6'
Attendance: 6,200
Referee: Cristina Ionescu

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3300112+99
 North Korea 3201106+46
 Norway 310247−33
 Mexico 3003212−100
Mexico 1–2 Norway
Garza  28' (Report) Lund  26'
Enget  76'
Referee: Sachiko Baba

Brazil 3–2 North Korea
Janaína  45+2'
Érika  48'
Francielle  66' (pen.)
(Report) Ri Y.G.  30'
Ri U.H.  90'

North Korea 3–2 Norway
Ri Y.G.  17'
Ra  29'  64'
(Report) Herlovsen  52'  59'

Mexico 0–5 Brazil
(Report) Pamela  4'
Francielle  40'
Daiane  68'
Ketlen  90+4'
Ortiz  90+5' (o.g.)

North Korea 5–1 Mexico
Ryom  9'
Pak  17'
Choe  39'
Ri H.S.  53'
Ri Y.G.  66'
(Report) Corral  84'
Referee: Carolina González

Norway 0–3 Brazil
(Report) Érika  39'
Daiane  80'
Pamela  83'

Knockout stage

All times local (UTC-3)[9]

Knockout map

November 30 – Coquimbo
December 4 – Temuco
December 1 – La Florida
 North Korea2
December 7 – La Florida
 North Korea2
 North Korea1
November 30 – Chillán
 United States2
 United States3
December 4 – Coquimbo
 United States1
December 1 – Temuco
 Germany0 Third place
December 7 – La Florida


Nigeria 2–3 France
Orji  13'
Jegede  38'
(Report) Machart  2'
Le Sommer  49'
Coton Pelagie  88'

United States 3–0 England
Winters  53'
Leroux  81'  90+4'

Japan 1–2 North Korea
Nagasato  39' (Report) Cha  22'
Ra  60'
Attendance: 8,614
Referee: Tanja Schett

Brazil 2–3 Germany
Schiewe  38' (o.g.)
Adriane  88'
(Report) S. Banecki  44'
Bock  68'
N. Banecki  82'
Attendance: 12,854
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard


France 1–2 North Korea
Coton Pelagie  51' (Report) Ri U.H.  68'
Ri Y.G.  90+3'
Attendance: 13,184
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard

United States 1–0 Germany
Schmidt  21' (o.g.) (Report)
Attendance: 15,548
Referee: Sachiko Baba

3rd-place playoff

France 3–5 Germany
Pervier  45+1'  75'
Delie  90+2'
(Report) Pollman  10'  29'  31'
Simic  67'
Schwab  80'


North Korea 1–2 United States
Cha  90+2' (Report) Leroux  23'
Morgan  42'
 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Winners 

United States
Second title


The following awards were given for the tournament:[10]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Sydney Leroux Alex Morgan Eugénie Le Sommer
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
Sydney Leroux Ri Ye-gyong Alex Morgan
5 goals 4 goals 4 goals
Golden Glove
Alyssa Naeher
FIFA Fair Play Award
 United States

All star team

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Christiane Endler
Alyssa Naeher

Pak Kuk-hui
Wendie Renard
Bianca Schmidt
Katharina Baunach
Ingrid Ryland

Natsuko Hara
Nicole Banecki
Ri Ye-gyong
Kim Kulig
Toni Duggan
Keelin Winters

Marie-Laure Delie
Asano Nagasato
Sydney Leroux
Ra Un-sim
Eugénie Le Sommer
Alex Morgan


5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals
  • Javiera Guajardo (1 for Nigeria)
  • Nanu Mafuala (1 for Japan)
  • Carolin Schiewe (1 for Brazil)
  • Bianca Schmidt (1 for USA)
  • Wendoline Ortiz (1 for Brazil)


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