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).

2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Coupe du monde de football féminin des moins de 20 ans 2018
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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) Georgia Stanway
Patricia Guijarro
(6 goals)[1]
Best player(s) Patricia Guijarro
Best goalkeeper Sandy MacIver
Fair play award Japan

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.

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

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

Kate Jacewicz
Qin Liang
Ri Hyang-ok

Renae Coghill
Fang Yan
Cui Yongmei
Uvena Fernandes
Kum-Nyo Hong
Kim Kyoung-min

CAF

Lidya Tafesse Abebe
Gladys Lengwe

Bernadettar Kwimbira
Mary Njoroge
Lidwine Rakotozafinoro
Queency Victoire

CONCACAF

Carol Anne Chenard
Melissa Borjas

Chantal Boudreau
Yudilia Briones
Kathryn Nesbitt
Shirley Perello

CONMEBOL

Edina Alves Batista
Claudia Umpiérrez

Mónica Amboya
Neuza Back
Luciana Mascaraña
Tatiane Sacilotti

OFC

Anna-Marie Keighley

Lata Kaumatule
Maria Tamalelagi

UEFA

Jana Adámková
Stéphanie Frappart
Kateryna Monzul
Esther Staubli
Bibiana Steinhaus

Petruta Iugulescu
Chrysoula Kourompylia
Susanne Küng
Sian Massey
Manuela Nicolosi
Michelle O'Neill
Belinda Pierre
Katrin Rafalski
Sanja Rodak
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
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
New Zealand 1–2 Netherlands
Report
  • Kalma  28'
  • Van Deursen  78'
Attendance: 2,042[30]
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)
France 4–1 Ghana
Report
  • Owusu-Ansah  58'

Netherlands 4–0 Ghana
Report
France 0–0 New Zealand
Report
Attendance: 5,031[33]
Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia)

Netherlands 0–4 France
Report
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 2,262[34]
Ghana 1–0 New Zealand
  • Anima  75'
Report
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 1,056[35]
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

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
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Mexico 3–2 Brazil
Report
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,127[36]
North Korea 1–3 England
  • Ja Un-yong  71'
Report
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,464[37]

Brazil 1–1 England
  • Ariadina  90+2'
Report
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,981[38]
North Korea 2–1 Mexico
  • Choe Kum-ok  14'
  • Kim Kyong-yong  85'
Report
  • Ovalle  12'
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,591[39]

Brazil 1–2 North Korea
Report
  • Son Sun-im  44'
  • Choe Kum-ok  90+3'
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 1,056[40]
England 6–1 Mexico
Report
  • Ovalle  37'
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 1,362[41]

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
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Paraguay 1–4 Spain
Report
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 1,587[42]
United States 0–1 Japan
Report
  • Hayashi  76'
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 2,332[43]
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

Spain 1–0 Japan
  • Menayo  16'
Report
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 2,332[44]
United States 6–0 Paraguay
Report
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 2,117[45]
Referee: Qin Liang (China PR)

Spain 2–2 United States
Report
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,681[46]
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
Japan 6–0 Paraguay
Report
Attendance: 1,525[47]
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

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
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Nigeria 0–1 Germany
Report
  • Sanders  69'
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 823[48]
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
Haiti 1–2 China PR
Report
  • Zhao Yujie  13'
  • Shen Mengyu  46'
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 2,015[49]
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

Germany 2–0 China PR
  • Gwinn  31'
  • Freigang  40'
Report
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 1,194[50]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
Haiti 0–1 Nigeria
Report
Stade de Marville, Saint-Malo
Attendance: 1,801[51]
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)

Germany 3–2 Haiti
  • Freigang  18'
  • Kögel  49'
  • Bühl  60'
Report
Attendance: 2,752[52]
Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia)
China PR 1–1 Nigeria
  • Zhang Linyan  41'
Report
  • Dou Jiaxing  90+5' (o.g.)
Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon
Attendance: 1,534[53]

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
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 1,829[54]
Referee: Qin Liang (China PR)

France 1–0 North Korea
  • Delabre  29' (pen.)
Report
Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau
Attendance: 2,462[55]
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)

England 2–1 Netherlands
Report

Germany 1–3 Japan
Report
Attendance: 3,211[57]
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

Semi-finals

England 0–2 Japan
Report

France 0–1 Spain
Report Guijarro  51'

Third place match

France 1–1 England
Report
Penalties
2–4
Attendance: 4,706[60]
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

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
Patricia Guijarro Saori Takarada Moeka Minami
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
Patricia Guijarro Georgia Stanway Saori Takarada
6 goals, 3 assists 6 goals 5 goals, 3 assists
Golden Glove
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

  • Dou Jiaxing (against Nigeria)

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