20/04/2024

New Zealand are looking to surprise their competition. (Photo: NZ Football)

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup begins on August 10, with 16 teams competing to become the winners of the coveted prize. Group B consists of Colombia, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand.

Colombia

Colombia are back in the U-20 Women’s World Cup after twelve years. (Photo: Infobae)

After qualifying from South America with impressive wins, Colombia will be hoping to get far in the tournament. Returning back to the U-20 Women’s World Cup after 12 years, it will not want its redemption story to end early.

The nation produces some of the best talented midfielders and attackers, but unfortunately lack the talent at the other side of the pitch.

Colombia will be relying on its attacking players to get it over the line. Going into the tournament their game plan is to score above all else.

Regardless of how many goals they let in, the Colombians are hoping to outscore their opponents.

Head Coach: Carlos Paniagua

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Natalia GiraldoAmerica De Cali
#12Valentina GonzalezCD La Equidad
#21Valery RestrepoIndependiente Medellin
Natalia Giraldo has been a big part of Colombia’s success. (Photo: ELTIEMPO.COM)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Mary EspitaletaIndependiente Medellin
#3Angela BaronDKSC
#4Yunaira LopezIndependiente Medellin
#5Stefania PerlazaAC Deportivo Cali
#13Ana Maria GuzmanDeportivo Pereira
#17Kelly CaicedoAC Deportivo Cali
Stefania Perlaza celebrating her inclusion into the squad. (Photo: Infobae)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#6Ilana IzquierdoPensacola FC
#8Maria Camila ReyesIndependiente Santa Fe
#9Gabriela RodriguezAmerica De Cali
#10Liced SernaIndependiente Medellin
#14Mariana MunozAtletico Nacional
#16Juana OrtegonAC Deportivo Cali
Ilana Izquierdo is a mainstay in the Colombian midfield. (Photo: Southern Miss Athletics)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Gisela RobledoUDG Tenerife
#11Linda CaicedoAC Deportivo Cali
#15Karla TorresIndependiente Santa Fe
#18Ingrid GuerraAC Deportivo Cali
#19Yirleidys QuejadaIndependiente Medellin
#20Wendy BonillaAmerica De Cali
Linda Caicedo has been scouted by Barcelona with rumours insisting she will be joining them at the end of the year. (Photo: Goal.com)

Player to Watch: Linda Caicedo

The Colombian forward is the most recognisable female player in the country. Starting her career at a young age, she began professionally playing at 14-years-old with top team America de Cali. Here, she led them to their first title while also learning skills from more experienced players in the squad.

Rumoured to be joining Barcelona at the end of the year, Caicdeo will be hoping to receive the Golden Boot Award. This is her last chance to impress Barcelona and show the club she is worth every cent.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2010: Fourth Place

Germany

Germany’s squad has the best chemistry out of all the teams. (Photo: OT Sports)

European powerhouse Germany will be looking to become champions for a fourth time in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Each position is filled with a large amount of very skilled players, with most players coming out of the German league.

Disappointed to only make the quarterfinals in 2018, the Germans will be fired up to prove they are the best young female football nation.

“We want to prepare as well as possible for the World Cup,” head coach Kathrin Peter said.

“In the first World Cup course right after the end of the season, we discussed the basics and worked out our principles. Now we’re on fire I’m looking forward to bringing things together on the pitch in this and becoming a ‘close-knit bunch’.

“We have a real position [of] determination.”

Head Coach: Kathrin Peter

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Julia KassenVfL Wolfsburg
#12Pauline Nelles1. FC Koln
#21Ena MahmutovicMSV Duisburg
Julia Kassen in action. (Photo: stringfixer.com)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Jenny BeyerUniversity of Colorado Boulder
#3Miriam HilsSGS Essen
#4Madeleine SteckEintracht Frankfurt
#5Vanessa DiehmTSG 1899 Hoffenheim
#13Nina ZimmerNorth Carolina State University
#14Clara FroehlichFC Bayern Munich
#19Beke SternerSGS Essen
Nina Zimmer is the only player in the squad to go through the US collegiate system. (Photo: NC State Athletics)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#6Lisanne GraeweBayer 04 Leverkusen
#8Pauline MachtensSyracuse University
#10Gia CorleyTSG 1899 Hoffenheim
#15Selina VobianSC Freiburg
Lisanne Grawe will control the German midfield. (Photo: Wolfsburger Nachrichten)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Maja SternadSV Werder Bremen
#9Sophie Weidauer1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
#11Carlotta WamserEintracht Frankfurt
#16Sarah MattnerFirst Vienna FC
#17Cora ZicaiSC Freiburg
#18Tuana KelesSV Werder Bremen
#20Laureta ElmaziSGS Essen
Sarah Mattner in action. (Photo: DFB)

Player to Watch: Lisanne Grawe

Young midfielder Lisanne Grawe always plays well in big tournaments. This was illustrated by being named in the team of the tournament for the U-17 Euros in 2019. She provides a wealth of skill in the middle of the park.

Grawe made a name for herself due to her amazing technical ability and the way she can easily get past her opponents. A dominant force at club level in Germany, she will be hoping to continue her red-hot form at international level.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Third Place

2004: Champions

2006: Quarterfinals

2008: Third Place

2010: Champions

2012: Runners-Up

2014: Champions

2016: Quarterfinals

2018: Quarterfinals

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Mexico

Mexico qualified with ease. (Photo: Loop)

Mexico is projected to be one of the breakout teams in the tournament. The nation posses the talent to go far, but many of its players are still very inexperienced and could succumb to the pressure of playing at a high level.

Their squad will consist of 17 Liga Mx Femenil players, three from the Collegiate League in the United States and one player who is currently a free-agent but is in negotiation for a new deal. No matter where they play, their ability will be shown on full display.

Head Coach: Ana Galindo

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Celeste EspinoCD Guadalajara
#12Paola ManriqueCF Pachucha
#21Natalia AcunaClub Tijuana
Natalia Acuna going in for a save. (Photo: TUDN)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Daniela MonroyCruz Azul
#3Carol CazaresTigres UANL
#4Kinberly GuzmanCD Guadalajara
#5Alexxandra RamirezClub Santos Laguna
#6Jana GutierrezTigres UANL
#13Samanthana LopezPumas UNAM
#14Maria CansecoCF Pachucha
Jana Gutierrez has become a social media sensation. (Photo: Hottest Female Athletes)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Natalia MauleonClub America
#8Daniela DelgadoClub Santos Laguna
#10Anette VazquezCD Gudalajara
#11Bridgette MarinPSV Union
#15Alice SotoCF Pachucha
#16Isabella GutierrezEast Carolina University
#17Maritza MaldonadoQueretaro FC
#18Blanky SerranoCF Pachucha
#20Paola ChaveroPumas UNAM
Isabella Gutierrez has been a star for East Carolina. (Photo: UCI Athletics)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#9Alexia VillanuevaClub Santos Laguna
#19Andrea FriasFC Bay Area Surf
Alexia Villanueva celebrating a goal. (Photo: Pledge TImes)

Player to Watch: Jana Gutierrez

The versatility of Jana Gutierrez makes her a tough opponent for any opposition. Only 18-years-old, she has made more than 100 appearances in the Liga Mx Femenil league. She has cemented a spot in the Tigres team, which is known for being one of the most recognisable clubs in the world.

Known for playing in both defence and the midfield, she will cause havoc across the World Cup. A regular stand-out performer, Gutierrez will be hoping to lead Mexico to the title through her tackling ability and possession with the ball.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Group Stage

2006: Group Stage

2008: Group Stage

2010: Quarterfinals

2012: Quarterfinals

2014: Group Stage

2016: Quarterfinals

2018: Group Stage

New Zealand

New Zealand posing for a team photo before departing for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022. (Photo: NZ Football)

New Zealand boasts a very experienced squad, with most members playing in the A-League Women competition. It also includes four players who have been a part of the New Zealand national team. Due to their experience and skill, they are expected to go very far in the tournament.

“It’s a tough group, but any group for a World Xup is tough,” coach Gemma Lewis explained.

“We want to get a good result: we ultimately want to get out of the group. I guess that’s quite brave of us to say, but we feel if we go into that first game against Mexico and get something out of that game, then we’re going to be in a good position to try and push through and get out of the group.

“For these players now they’ve been waiting for this for a number of years, so it’s a huge, huge, opportunity for them.

“Going into this they kind of have a lot more pride about it, they’re a lot more driven and they have a lot more motivation, now they really want to grasp the opportunity and show what they can do.”

Head Coach: Gemma Lewis

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Brianna EdwardsBankstown City
#18Murphy SheaffJacksonville Dolphins
#21Rylee GodboldN/A
Brianna Edwards plays for Bankstown City. (Photo: The Football Sack)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Zoe McMeekenWellington Phoenix
#3Kate Taylor (c)Wellington Phoenix
#4Te Reremoana WalkerWellington Phoenix
#5Marisa van der MeerMelbourne City
#11Charlotte LancasterWellington Phoenix
#20Jana NiedermayrEastern Suburbs
Marisa van der Meer going in for a tackle. (Photo: Yellow Fever)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#6Aniela JensenPacific Tigers
#8Grace WisnewskiWellington Phoenix
#10Alyssa WhinhamWellington Phoenix
#13Emma PijnenburgWestern Springs
#15Charlotte Wilford-CarrollEastern Suburbs
#17Ella FindlayEastern Suburbs
#19Macey FraserWellington Phoenix
Ella Findlay plays as a defensive midfielder. (Photo: NZ Football)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Tupelo DuganArizona State Sun Devils
#9Ava PritchardsWellington Phoenix
#12Ava CollinsSt. John’s Red Storm
#14Milly CleggAuckland United
#16Ruby NathanAuckland United
Ava Collins is looking to take hold of any opportunities she is given. (Photo: Sporty NZ)

Player to Watch: Marisa van der Meer

Young Kiwi defender Marisa van der Meer will be the player to watch in the squad. She has proved her talents at club level for Melbourne City alongside fellow New Zealander Hannah Wilkinson. She also brings experience from being a part of the Tokyo Olympics squad, where she won bronze.

The left-back will provide good through balls when running down the side of the field. In defence, her electric speed worries the opposing attackers. An all-round athlete, she will try and lead New Zealand out of the group.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2006: Group Stage

2008: Group Stage

2010: Group Stage

2012: Group Stage

2014: Quarterfinals

2016: Group Stage

2018: Group Stage

Group B Fixture

1. Germany vs Colombia (Thursday 11 August – 3:00am AEST)

2. New Zealand vs Mexico (Thursday 11 August – 6:00am AEST)

3. Germany vs New Zealand (Sunday 14 August – 3:00am AEST)

4. Mexico vs Colombia (Sunday 14 August – 9:00am AEST)

5. Colombia vs New Zealand (Wednesday 17 August – 9:00am AEST)

6. Mexico vs Germany (Wednesday 17 August – 9:00am AEST)

Predicted Group Finish

MPWinDrawLossPoints
Germany32107
Colombia31114
Mexico30121
New Zealand30121

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