23/04/2024

Mileninha celebrating a goal. (Photo: GZH)

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on August 10th with 16 teams competing to become the winners of the coveted prize. Group A consists of Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Spain.

Australia

The Young Matildas posing for a team photo before departing for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022. (Photo: Ann Odong/Football Australia)

Australia will have one of the youngest squads going into the tournament. With most players signed to the Australia W-League, they have garnered skill and experience from the players around them. They previously beat Spain 10-0 and will hoping to continue their red-hot form.

“I’m really excited with the players the coaching staff have selected in this extended squad, as they are not only highly talented footballers but quality people,” coach Leah Blaney said.

“While it is a young final squad that we have selected, it is a talented squad with a mix of high technical ability, ever-increasing tactical maturity and the heart and desire that are indicative of Australian teams.”

“This is a squad that has the opportunity to demonstrate their quality on the global stage.” 

“There is a togetherness that will be invaluable for us in this tournament against some world-class nations in our group.”

Head Coach: Leah Blayney

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Sally JamesMelbourne City
#12Miranda TemplemanAdelaide United
#18Chloe LincolnCanberra United
Sally James will be the first-choice keeper. (Photo: Canberra United)

Defenders:

Player NameClub
#3Naomi ChinnamaMelbourne City
#4Ella TonkinAdelaide United
#5Jamilla RankinBrisbane Roar
#15Alexia ApostolakisWestern Sydney W.
#16Jessika NashSydney FC
#19Greta KraszulaIndiana Eleven
#20Kirsty FentonNewcastle Jets
Naomi Chinnama in action. (Photo: The Football Sack)

Midfielders:

Player NameClub
#6Sarah HunterSydney FC
#8Hana LowryPerth Glory
#10Daniela GalicFNSW Institute
#14Paige ZoisMelbourne Victory
Daniela Galic is the most experienced midfielder in the squad. (Photo: Football Australia)

Forwards:

Player NameClub
#2Charlize RuleSydney FC
#7Bryleeh HenryWestern Sydney W.
#9Cushia RueWellington Phoenix
#11Kahli JohnsonSydney FC
#13Jynaya dos SantosFNSW Institute
#17Sheridan Gallagher (c)Western Sydney W.
#21Abbey LemonBlacktown Spartans FC
Sheridan Gallagher will captain the Australia team. (Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers)

Player to Watch: Sheridan Gallagher

The Western Sydney Wanderers superstar appeared regularly in the Australian W-League last season. She will be one of the starting forwards for the Aussies and provides craftiness and skill.

The main aspect to watch is how important her leadership will be for the rest of the squad. The Australian captain will be crucial in pressuring the opposing defenders.

“Sheridan is one of our most hardworking players,” coach Leah Blayney said.

“In terms of how she conducts herself around the group, she is extremely supportive of all the players and the girls know that.  That is who you want in your corner when things are difficult.” 

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Quarterfinals

2004: Quarterfinals

2006: Group Stage

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Brazil

Eliminated in the first phase in the previous World Cup, Brazil are looking to come back from a disappointing result. Brazil have never won the World Cup even though they have competed nine different times.

They have a skilled and experienced squad that can take them far in the tournament. But it all depends on whether they will show up on the day, On their way to qualify for the tournament they won the South American U-20 Championship.

“The performance that led us to the South American title does not guarantee us success in the World Cup. Quite the opposite” coach Jonas Urias said.

“We know that different schools, the international level, the development of the base. All this contributes to a much higher performance requirement.”

Head Coach: Jonas Urias

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Gabriela BarbieriInternacional
#12YanneFerroviaria
#21AmandaAtletico Mineiro
Gabriel Barbieri has already accomplished high honours. (Photo: Da Base)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2BruninhaSantos
#3TarcianeCorinthians
#4LaurenMadrid CFF
#6Ana ClaraSao Paulo
#13Pati MaldanerGremio
#14SassaSantos
#16RavenaSao Paulo
Bruninha will be the starting right-back. (Photo: Diario do Peixe)

Player to Watch: Bruninha

The Brazilian right-back has already had quite a decorated career. Since her arrival to the Brazil U-17 national team she has climbed up the national team ladder. Making her debut for the Brazil national team in 2021, she has since appeared five times for them.

She will need to be watched tracking down the right-hand side of the field. A weapon in defence and attack she will be looking to take Brazil far. In attack she provides the attackers with opportunities from her crosses. In defence, her quickness doesn’t let her opponent get past her.

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#4CrisFlamengo
#7LuanyGremio
#8YayaSao Paulo
#10AnaluyzaSantos
#15KaylaineFlamengo
#17Gi FernandesSantos
#19Rafa LevisGremio
Rafa Levis will be looking to shine. (Photo: Portal do Gremista)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#9PriscilaInternacional
#11AlineFerroviaria
#19MileninhaInternacional
#20DudinhaSao Paulo
Mileninha celebrating a goal. (Photo: GZH)

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Fourth Place

2004: Fourth Place

2006: Third Place

2008: Quarterfinals

2010: Group Stage

2012: Group Stage

2014: Group Stage

2016: Quarterfinals

2018: Group Stage

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is ready for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. (Photo: Tobar News)

Costa Rica will have the whole country behind them at the World Cup. Playing in front of their home crowd and friends and family they are looking to provide many upsets. They are in the toughest group but will bring their all to every match.

Costa Rica is looking to prove that football is all about heart. They will have a good turnout for each match and are ready to showcase their world-class talent.

With a normal squad of 24 players, coach Jose Catoya had to make some tough decisions about who to cut. Unfortunately, Jasmine Devine, Lisa Villegas and Amelie Araya will not be found representing their country.

Head Coach: Jose Catoya

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Genesis PerezCS Herediano
#13Dayana MendezMunicipal Pococi FF
#18Carolina MendezDeportivo Saprissa
Carolina Mendez will be one of three keepers Costa Rica will take to the World Cup. (Photo: Federacion Costarricense de Futbol)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Abigail SanchoSporting FC
#3Paula PorrasDeportivo Saprissa
#4Keilyn ChavarriaCS Herediano
#12Fiama HidalgoCharleston South. Uni.
#15Celeste JimenezCS Herediano
#16Chloe MarkeyBellarmine University
Fiama Hidalgo plays in the USA collegiate system. (Photo: SoccerWire)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#5Priscilla RodriguezDeportivo Saprissa
#6Sianyf AgueroLD Alajuelense
#7Paula ArceLD Alajuelense
#8Alexandra PinellLD Alajuelense
#10Yirlany HernandezMunicipal Pococi FF
#14Luciana GonzalezCS Herediano
#19Monica MatarritaDeportivo Saprissa
#21Alexa HerreraCS Herediano
Paula Arce signed for LD Alajuelense. (Photo: Twitter- @ldacr)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#9Maria Paula SalasN/A
#11Yerling OvaresSporting FC
#17Sheika ScottMunicipal Pococi FF
#20Angela QuirosCarlari Pococi
Currently uncontracted Paula Maria Salas will be a talent many teams will watch. (Photo: Concacaf)

Player to Watch: Maria Paula Salas

At 20 years of age, Paula Maria Salas has already had quite the career. The current free agent made her debut for the Costa Rica national team in 2018. She has already compiled nine games for them, hitting the back of the net two times.

In front of her home crowd, Salas will be looking to impress as she tries to find another club. If Costa Rica is to go far in the competition they will have to rely on her having a good World Cup. She can strike the ball cleanly and easily find the goal net.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

N/A (First time competing)

Spain

Spain are looking for retribution after coming runners-up in the previous U-20 Women’s World Cup. Unable to win the final they are looking to go one step further this time round.

Out of all the teams competing, Spain will have the most pressure put on them. They are hoping to continue the form of their U-19s team, who just won the European Championships days ago.

Spain’s squad includes players from some of the biggest clubs in the world. Their experience will help lead them to triumph over their opposition. Just like Brazil, Spain has the skill to go far in the World Cup but the main question is can all these players gel with each other?

Head Coach: Pedro Lopez

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Adriana NanclaresReal Sociedad
#21Jana XiinAlaves
#13Txell FontBarcelona
Adriana Nanclares will be looking to prove how good she is. (Photo: Revista Forofos)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#3Ana TejadaReal Sociedad
#4Sonia Garcia MajarinAtletico Madrid
#5Andrea MedinaAtletico Madrid
#8Silvia LlorisLevante
#12Esther LabordeBarcelona
#18Izarne SarasolaReal Sociedad
#19Ane ElexpuruAthletic Bilbao
Ana Tejada has been a crucial element of the Spanish line-up. (Photo: ElDesmarque)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#6Ariadna MinguezaBarcelona
#10Julia BartelBarcelona
#14Flamma BenitezLevante
#15Clara PinedoAthletic Bilbao
#16Maite ZubietaAthletic Bilbao
Ariadna Mingueza is the younger sister of Barcelona player Oscar. (Photo: SPORT)

Player to Watch: Ariadna Mingueza

The sister of former Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza, Ariadna is looking to follow in his footsteps. Mingueza has been apart of the Spain national team since she was 14 years progressing through the different levels.

Making her Barcelona debut in 2020, she played nearly 100 games for Barcelona B. This saw her development grow, learning from high quality players.

During the 2022 UEFA Championship qualification, she captained Spain leading them to easy wins against Slovakia and Portugal. She can be seen in the midfield leading the charge in attack and controlling the possession of the ball, with tika-taka football.

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Carmen AlvarezAtletico Madrid
#7Ornella VignolaBarcelona
#9Inma GabarroSevilla
#11Salma ParallueloBarcelona
#17Mirari UriaReal Sociedad
#20Asun MartinezValencia
Inma Gabarro in action. (Photo: El Sevillista)

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2004: Group Stage

2016: Quarterfinals

2018: Runners-Up

Group A Fixture

1. Spain vs Brazil (Thursday 11 August – 9:00 am AEST)

2. Costa Rica vs Australia (Thursday 11 August – 12:00pm AEST)

3. Brazil vs Australia (Sunday 14 August – 6:00 am AEST)

4. Costa Rica vs Spain (Sunday 14 August – 12:00pm AEST)

5. Australia vs Spain (Wednesday 17 August – 12:00pm AEST)

6. Brazil vs Costa Rica (Wednesday 17 August – 12:00pm AEST)

Predicted Group Finish

MPWinDrawLossPoints
Brazil33009
Spain31114
Australia30212
Costa Rica30131

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