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.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Founded2002 (2002)
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams16 (finals)
Current champions Japan
(1st title)
Most successful team(s) Germany
 United States
(3 titles each)

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 former FIFA Confederations Cup in the men's game.

The current champion is Japan, which won its first title at the 2018 tournament in France.

Qualification

Every continental governing body has its 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 Under-20 Women's Football Championship
OFC (Oceania) OFC U-20 Women's Championship
UEFA (Europe) UEFA Women's U-19 Championship

History

2002

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

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

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

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

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

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. The Golden Ball award went to Dzsenifer Marozsán of Germany and Golden Shoe award went to Kim Un-hwa of North Korea.

2014

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. The Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards both went to Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria.

2016

The 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was expected to be held in South Africa, but due to the country's withdrawal, a new host was chosen on 19 March 2015, and it was Papua New Guinea.[3]

2018

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was held in France from 5–24 August 2018; a year later France would host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards both went to Patricia Guijarro of Spain.

Results

Edition Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1 2002
Details
 Canada
United States
1–0
asdet

Canada

Germany
1–1
(4–3 PSO)

Brazil
12
2 2004
Details
 Thailand
Germany
2–0
China PR

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

Brazil
0–0 a.e.t.
(6–5 PSO)

United States
16
4 2008
Details
 Chile
United States
2–1
North Korea

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

South Korea
1–0
Colombia
16
6 2012
Details
 Japan
United States
1–0
Germany

Japan
2–1
Nigeria
16
7 2014
Details
 Canada
Germany
1–0 a.e.t.
Nigeria

France
3–2
North Korea
16
8 2016
Details
 Papua New Guinea
North Korea
3–1
France

Japan
1–0
United States
16
9 2018
Details
 France
Japan
3–1
Spain

England
1–1
(4–2 PSO)

France
16
10 2020
Details
 Nigeria 16

Winners

Country Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
 Germany 3 (2004, 2010, 2014) 1 (2012) 2 (2002, 2008)
 United States 3 (2002, 2008, 2012) 1 (2004) 2 (2006, 2016)
 North Korea 2 (2006, 2016) 1 (2008) 1 (2014)
 Japan 1 (2018) 2 (2012, 2016)
 Nigeria 2 (2010, 2014) 1 (2012)
China PR 2 (2004, 2006)
 France 1 (2016) 1 (2014) 2 (2008, 2018)
 Canada 1 (2002)
 Spain 1 (2018)
 Brazil 1 (2006) 2 (2002, 2004)
 South Korea 1 (2010)
 England 1 (2018)
 Colombia 1 (2010)

Awards

Comprehensive team results in each World Cup

Legend
  • 1st Champions
  • 2nd Runners-up
  • 3rd Third place
  • 4th Fourth place
  • QF Quarter-finals
  • GS Group stage
  •    Did not qualify
  •     Did not enter / Withdrew / To be determined
  • 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

(12)
2004

(12)
2006

(16)
2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2020

(16)
Total
 Argentina GSGSGS3
 Australia QFQFGS3
 Brazil 4th4th3rdQFGSGSGSQFGS9
 Canada 2ndQFGSGSGSQFGS7
 Chile GS1
 China PR 2nd2ndGSGSGSGS6
 Chinese Taipei GS1
 Colombia 4th1
 Costa Rica GSGS2
 Denmark QF1
 DR Congo GSGS2
 England QFQFGSGS3rd5
 Finland GSGS2
 France GSQF4thGS3rd2nd4thq8
 Germany 3rd1stQF3rd1st2nd1stQFQFq10
 Ghana GSGSGSGSGS5
 Haiti GS1
 Italy GSGS2
 Japan QFQFGS3rd3rd1stq7
 Mexico GSGSGSQFQFGSQFGS8
 Netherlands QFq2
 New Zealand GSGSGSGSQFGSGSq8
 Nigeria GSQFQFQF2nd4th2ndGSQF9
 North Korea 1st2ndQFQF4th1stQFq8
 Norway GSQF2
 Papua New Guinea GS1
 Paraguay GSGS2
 Russia QFQF2
 South Korea GS3rdQFQFGSq6
 Spain GSQF2ndq4
 Sweden QFGS2
  Switzerland GSGSGS3
 Thailand GS1
 United States 1st3rd4th1stQF1stQF4thGS9
 Venezuela GS1

See also

References

  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" (PDF). FIFA.com. 30 July 2012.
  3. "Sport: PNG Football wants to host U20 Women's World Cup". Radio New Zealand International. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. "Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
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