2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was the 6th edition of the tournament. The tournament was played in Japan from 19 August to 8 September,[1] with sixteen national football soccer teams and mark the first hosting of a FIFA women's football tournament in the country.[2]

2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2012 FIFA U-20女子ワールドカップ
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates19 August – 8 September
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (3rd title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place Japan
Fourth place Nigeria
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored104 (3.25 per match)
Attendance307,348 (9,605 per match)
Top scorer(s) Kim Un-Hwa (7 goals)
Best player(s) Dzsenifer Marozsán
Best goalkeeper Laura Benkarth
Fair play award Japan

The host nation were to be decided on 19 March 2010 but was postponed by FIFA to give bidders more time to prepare their bids.[3]

On 3 March 2011 FIFA initially awarded the World Cup to Uzbekistan.[4] However, on 18 December 2011 FIFA had the tournament stripped from this country for problems with the bid and named Japan as a possible host.[5] Japan was officially announced as host on 8 February 2012.[2]

Bids and hosting problems

Vietnam had originally won the right the host the tournament. However, Vietnam had to withdraw its bid because it couldn't guarantee government backing and found the FIFA bid process "taxing".[6]

New Zealand had initially been asked to be ready as a backup venue,[7] but were eventually awarded the 2015 FIFA U-20 Men's World Cup and FIFA then awarded the right to host the games to Uzbekistan. However, in its meeting in Tokyo in December 2011, FIFA's Executive Committee decided to cancel Uzbekistan's hosting of the tournament due to "a number of logistical and technical issues", and announced Japan had been proposed as its new organizer.[5]

The Uzbekistan Football Federation had recommended six cities to host games. They are Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Qarshi, Mubarek and Guzar.[8] The competition would have taken place in Tashkent's Pakhtakor and Bunyodkor Stadiums, Samarkand's Olympic Stadium, Bukhara's Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi's Stadium, Mubarek's Bahrom Vafoev Stadium and Guzar's Stadium.

Host cities and venues

On 31 March 2012, FIFA announced five stadiums for the tournament.[9]

Rifu Saitama Tokyo Kobe Hiroshima
Miyagi Stadium Urawa Komaba Stadium National Olympic Stadium Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium Hiroshima Big Arch
Capacity: 49,133 Capacity: 21,500 Capacity: 48,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 50,000
38.335378°N 140.950567°E / 38.335378; 140.950567 (Miyagi Stadium) 35.871475°N 139.665947°E / 35.871475; 139.665947 (Urawa Komaba Stadium) 35.678084°N 139.714937°E / 35.678084; 139.714937 (National Olympic Stadium) 34.682375°N 135.080348°E / 34.682375; 135.080348 (Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium) 34.440779°N 132.394281°E / 34.440779; 132.394281 (Hiroshima Big Arch)

Qualified teams

Confederation (Continent) Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)[10]
AFC (Asia) Host nation  Japan
2011 AFC U-19 Women's Championship  North Korea
 China PR
 South Korea*
CAF (Africa) 2012 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament  Ghana
CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean) 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship  United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 2012 South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship  Brazil
OFC (Oceania) 2012 OFC Women's U-20 Championship  New Zealand
UEFA (Europe) 2011 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship  Germany

* South Korea qualifies, because Japan was renamed the host nation.[11]


Each team submitted a squad of 21 players, including three goalkeepers.[12] The squads were announced on 10 August 2012.[13]

Match officials

A total of 14 referees and 28 assistant referees were appointed by FIFA for the tournament.[14]

Confederation Referees Assistant referees

Abirami Apbai Naidu
Qin Liang
Nami Sato
Fusako Kajiyama

Rohaidah Mohamed Nasir
Emi Chiba
Cui Yongmei
Fang Yan
Thi Thuy Kieu
Lee Seul-gi
Saori Takahashi
Praphaiphit Tarik


Fadouma Dia

Mana Ayawa Dzodope
Souad Oulhaj


Margaret Domka
Dianne Ferreira-James
Lucila Venegas

Emperatriz Ayala
Enedina Caudillo
Lixy Enriquez
Flor Escobar
Kimberly Moreira
Patricia Pacheco


Ana Marques

Mariana de Almeida
Yoly Garcia


Teodora Albon
Christine Baitinger (Beck)
Pernilla Larsson
Silvia Spinelli
Esther Staubli

Natalie Aspinall (Walker)
Eveline Bolli
Ella De Vries
Petruta Iugulescu
Angela Kyriakou
Sian Massey
Manuela Nicolosi
Sanja Rodak
Maria Sukenikova (Lisicka)
Karine Vives Solana

Final draw

The final draw was held on 4 June 2012 in Tokyo.[15][16] Teams were placed in four pots:

  • Pot 1: Hosts and continental champions of the AFC, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL
  • Pot 2: Remaining teams from AFC and CONCACAF
  • Pot 3: Teams from UEFA
  • Pot 4: Teams from CAF, OFC and remaining team from CONMEBOL
Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
 Japan (A1)
 North Korea
 United States
 China PR
 South Korea
 New Zealand

Group stage

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:[17]

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

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
  2. goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
  3. greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
  4. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

The two teams finishing first and second in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

All times are Japanese Standard Time (UTC+9).

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3210103+77
 Mexico 320174+36
 New Zealand 311147−34
  Switzerland 300318−70
New Zealand 2–1  Switzerland
Millynn  39'
White  52'
Report Aigbogun  90+1'
Attendance: 9,542
Referee: Abirami Apbai (Singapore)

Japan 4–1 Mexico
Shibata  32'
Naomoto  56'
Yokoyama  77'
Y. Tanaka  89' (pen.)
Report Huerta  90+1'
Attendance: 9,542

Mexico 2–0  Switzerland
Huerta  46'
Jiménez  90+1'
Attendance: 9,061
Referee: Ana Marques (Brazil)

Japan 2–2 New Zealand
Tanaka  37'
Michigami  71'
Report Nakada  11' (o.g.)
White  15'
Attendance: 9,061
Referee: Silvia Spinelli (Italy)

Mexico 4–0 New Zealand
Huerta  47'
Gómez-Junco  74'
Franco  85'
Jiménez  87'

Switzerland  0–4 Japan
Report Y. Tanaka  30'  47'
Nishikawa  52'
Naomoto  84' (pen.)
Attendance: 16,914
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 321071+67
 South Korea 320142+26
 Brazil 302124−22
 Italy 301217−61
Brazil 1–1 Italy
Amanda  90+2' Report Linari  38'
Attendance: 2,511
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)

Nigeria 2–0 South Korea
Okobi  15'
Oparanozie  67'
Attendance: 2,511
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Brazil 1–1 Nigeria
Giovanna Oliveira  87' Report Ordega  44'

Italy 0–2 South Korea
Report Lee Geum-Min  54'
Jeoun Eun-Ha  56'
Attendance: 2,539
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Italy 0–4 Nigeria
Report Ordega  22', 40', 47'
Igbinovia  86'
Attendance: 4,659
Referee: Qin Liang (China)

South Korea 2–0 Brazil
Jeoun Eun-Ha  74', 82' Report

Group C

North Korea's 9–0 win over Argentina set a new competition record as highest win.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 3300153+129
 Norway 320186+26
 Canada 310284+43
 Argentina 3003119−180
North Korea 4–2 Norway
Yun Hyon-Hi  15', 40' (pen.)
Kim Un-Hwa  72'
Kim Su-Gyong  77'
Report Hansen  23'
Ad. Hegerberg  54'
Attendance: 3,468
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Argentina 0–6 Canada
Report Zadorsky  7' (pen.)
Sawicki  20'
Leon  22', 42', 45+1'
Charron-Delage  86'

North Korea 9–0 Argentina
Yun Hyon-Hi  16'
Kim Un-Hwa  26', 30', 41', 45+2', 56'
Kim Su-Gyong  38', 44', 55'
Attendance: 3,144
Referee: Fadouma Dia (Senegal)

Norway 2–1 Canada
Ad. Hegerberg  52'
An. Hegerberg  79'
Report Richardson  44'
Attendance: 3,144
Referee: Qin Liang (China)

Norway 4–1 Argentina
Haavi  25'
Hansen  70'
An. Hegerberg  85'
Skaug  90+3'
Report Oviedo  82'
Attendance: 1,712
Referee: Nami Sato (Japan)

Canada 1–2 North Korea
Exeter  12' Report Kim Un-Hwa  33'
Yun Hyon-Hi  78' (pen.)

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 330080+89
 United States 311154+14
 China PR 311125−34
 Ghana 300306−60
Ghana 0–4 United States
Report Addai  20' (o.g.)
Hayes  50', 74', 90+2'

Germany 4–0 China PR
Lotzen  3'
Hegenauer  45'
Lin Yuping  74' (o.g.)
Wensing  90+1'
Attendance: 2,582
Referee: Ana Marques (Brazil)

Ghana 0–1 Germany
Report Magull  90+1'
Attendance: 3,559
Referee: Nami Sato (Japan)

United States 1–1 China PR
Hayes  36' Report Shen Lili  19'

United States 0–3 Germany
Report Lotzen  35', 53'
Leupolz  55'
Attendance: 1,712
Referee: Abirami Apbai (Singapore)

China PR 1–0 Ghana
Zhao Xindi  35' Report
Attendance: 4,182
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the play-off for third place where no extra time shall be played as the match is played directly before the final.[17]

30 August — Tokyo
 Nigeria (a.e.t.)1
4 September — Tokyo
31 August — Saitama
 United States2
 North Korea1
8 September — Tokyo
 United States (a.e.t.)2
 United States1
30 August — Tokyo
4 September — Tokyo
 South Korea1
31 August — Saitama
 Germany3 Third place
8 September — Tokyo


Nigeria 1–0 (a.e.t.) Mexico
Oparanozie  109' Report
Attendance: 24,097
Referee: Abirami Apbai (Singapore)

Japan 3–1 South Korea
Shibata  8', 19'
Y. Tanaka  37'
Report Jeoun Eun-Ha  15'

Germany 4–0 Norway
Lotzen  5', 20'
Leupolz  7'
Wensing  85'
Attendance: 6,284
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)

North Korea 1–2 (a.e.t.) United States
Kim Su-Gyong  75' Report DiBernardo  52'
Ubogagu  98'
Attendance: 6,284
Referee: Silvia Spinelli (Italy)


Nigeria 0–2 United States
Report Brian  22'
Ohai  70'

Japan 0–3 Germany
Report Leupolz  1'
Marozsán  13'
Lotzen  19'
Attendance: 28,306
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Third place match

Nigeria 1–2 Japan
Oparanozie  73' Report Y. Tanaka  24'
Nishikawa  50'
Attendance: 31,114
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)


United States 1–0 Germany
Ohai  44' Report
 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Champions 

United States
Third title


The following awards were given for the tournament:[18]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Dzsenifer Marozsán Hanae Shibata Julie Johnston
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
Kim Un-Hwa Yōko Tanaka Lena Lotzen
7 goals 6 goals 6 goals
Golden Glove
Laura Benkarth
FIFA Fair Play Award


7 goals
  • Kim Un-Hwa
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own Goal


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