19/04/2024

Canada is touted as favourites to win the group. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

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 C consists of Canada, France, Nigeria and South Korea.

Canada

The moment after Canada qualified for the FIFA U20s Women’s World Cup. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Canada has been the previous Olympic and CONCACAF champion and are looking to shine in the younger youth levels. The squad varies in experience, with even some of the squad having played in the Canadian National Team.

With most players competing in the US collegiate system, they can easily adapt to playing tough opposition. They will be looking to shine immensely in the midfield and forward line.

“We know that the experience of competing and being exposed to different styles of play is critical for our young players development,” head coach Cindy Tye said.

“It will be a great opportunity for this age group to be tested on the international stage and we can’t wait to get started.”

Head Coach: Cindy Tye

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Anna KarpenkoHarvard Crimson
#20Sierra GiogioSyracuse Orange
#21Coralie LallierNDC-CDN Quebec
Anna Karpenko during a U-17 Women’s Championship match between the United States and Canada at IMG Academy. (Photo: Conacaf)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#3Mia PanteTexas A&M Aggies
#4Jade RoseHarvard Crimson
#5Annika LeslieWest Virginia Mountaineers
#12Vivianne BessetteSouth Florida Bulls
#14Brooklyn CourtnallUSC Trojans
#15Elisabeth TseSMU Mustangs
Jade Rose has been influential in defence. (Photo: Harvard Athletics)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Zoe BurnsUSC Trojans
#6Maya LadhaniAvaldsnes
#8Sonia WalkBoston College Eagles
#10Nikayla SmallWake Forest Demon Deacons
#13Simi AwujoUSC Trojans
#16Keera MelenhurstPittsburgh Panthers
#17Holly WardTexas Longhorns
#18Olivia SmithFlorida State Seminoles
Holly Ward in action for the University of Texas. (Photo: University of Texas Athletics)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Florianne JourdeNDC-CDN Quebec
#9Miya Grant-ClavijoBrown Bears
#11Kaila NovakUCLA Bruins
#19Serita ThurtonSouth Florida Bulls
Miya Grant-Clavijo will wear the iconic No. 9 jersey. (Photo: Brown University Athletics)

Player to Watch: Miya Grant-Clavijo

Miya Grant-Clavijo had an impressive season with Brown University, playing 16 games, scoring four times and adding an assist to her name. Previously representing the Canadian U-17 team, she led Brown University to the Ivy League title.

With money starting to flow in the American league, she is hoping to stand up above the rest. Grant-Clavijo has no trouble striking the ball from anywhere on the pitch. She is a force to watch, as the opposition won’t know whether she is shooting or faking a shot to get closer to the net.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Runners-Up

2004: Quarterfinals

2006: Group Stage

2008: Group Stage

2012: Group Stage

2014: Quarterfinals

2016: Group Stage

France

France has had very good previous results in the U-20 Women’s World Cup. (Photo: CBC)

France will be confident heading into the tournament, finishing fourth place in 2018.

“The World Cup is going to be very tough and our group is the best example of that. At the top level, when you don’t have discipline or rigor, you can’t do it. The girls know it,” coach Sonia Haziraj explained.

“The World Cup will be very competitive and our group is the best example of this.

“At the top level, when you don’t have discipline or rigor, you can’t do it. The girls know it. We don’t waste time on the pitch, we want to start our matches hard and fast to hurt the opponent.

“We’re still going to work defensively because I’ve seen mistakes, particularly in the line-up, mutual coverage, but we have talented and versatile elements.”

Head Coach: Sonia Haziraj

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Marie-Morgane SieberRodez
#16Marie PetiteauSaint-Malo
#21Oceane ToussaintPSG
Marie Petiteau has played seven games in the French outfit. (Photo: L’Equipe)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Celina Ould HocineParis FC
#3Lou BogaertParis FC
#4Alice SombathLyon
#5Kysha SyllaLyon
#14Annaelle TchakounteParis FC
#15Thiniba SamouraParis FC
#18Jade Le GuillyPSG
Alice Sombath has played for the youth national team since U16 level. (Photo: Goal.com)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#6Cyrielle BlancMontpellier
#8Laurina Fazer (c)PSG
#10Magnaba FolquetPSG
#17Oceane HurtrePSG
#20Megane HoeltzelStrasbourg
Laurina Fazer will captain the French team for the World Cup. (Photo: Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Esther Mbakem-NiaroMontpellier
#9Hawa SangarePSG
#11Vicki BechoLyon
#12Jade NassiNantes
#13Yrma Mze IssaMarseille
#19Manssita TraorePSG
Esther Mbakem-Niaro is the most experienced attacker in the squad. (Photo: MHSC)

Player to Watch: Laurina Frazer

The experienced French captain, Laurina Frazer will be a player keep your eyes on this tournament. She can easily control the midfield by herself, and is always at the centre of the play in both defence and attack.

Not appearing much last season for PSG, she has spent time working and learning off some of the best players. Frazer will be looking to showcase everything that she has developed. An impressive tournament could secure a place in the PSG for the upcoming season.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Group Stage

2006: Quarterfinals

2008: Fourth Place

2010: Group Stage

2014: Third Place

2016: Runners-Up

2018: Fourth Place

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Nigeria

Nigeria Falconets posing for a team photo before departing for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022. (Photo: KICK442)

The Nigerian Falconets qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup as one of the two African nations, alongside Ghana. Reaching the quarterfinals last time the tournament was played in 2018, they will be hoping for a similar result this time round.

As most of the squad is made up of players who play for their local clubs in Nigeria, they will be looking to surprise the rest of their group.

They boast good defenders and attackers, but their midfield may be their weak link. If they are able to find the right team chemistry in the midfield, they will make it past the group stage with ease.

Head Coach: Christopher Danjuma

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Omini OyonoBayelsa Queens FC
#16Nelly EkehSunshine Queens FC
#21Nkiruka ObidinmaEdo Queens FC
Nkiruka Obidinma will be the third-choice keeper. (Photo: Platinum News)

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Chidimma OgbuchiFC Robo Queens
#5Blessing DemehinRivers Angels FC
#6Omowumi OshobukolaEdo Queens FC
#12Oluchi OhaegbulemConfluence Queens FC
#14Rofiat ImuranRivers Angels FC
#17Jumoke AlaniEdo Queens FC
#18Motunrayo EzekielNiger Ratels
Chidimma Ogbuchi will be one of Nigeria’s starting defenders. (Photo: Goal.com)

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#3Philomina YinaNasarawa Amazons FC
#4Deborah AbiodunRivers Angels FC
#8Esther OnyenezideFC Robo Queens
#11Bashirat AmooNasarawa Amazons FC
#15Chimoa OliseEdo Queens FC
#19Mercy KaluNasarawa Amazons FC
Chidimma Ogbuchi has been a goal-scoring machine. (Photo: Twitter- @NGSuper_Falcons)

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Chiamaka OkwuchukwuRivers Angels FC
#9Flourish SebastineN/A
#10Blessing OkpeRivers Angles FC
#13Mercy IdokoNasarawa Amazons FC
#20Joy JerryBayelsa Queens FC
Flourish Sabastine is currently uncontracted. (Photo: SportsRation)

Player to Watch: Flourish Sebastine

Currently uncontracted and without a club, Flourish Sebastine is looking to shine in the tournament and show her worth. The striker will lead the Nigerian side in attack as they try and defeat the other teams in their group.

Sebastine is known for her shooting ability but is just as good off the ball then with it. Without the ball, she places pressure on the opposing team’s defence. With the ball she offers a clean strike, and a near certain goal from her opportunities.

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2002: Group Stage

2004: Quarterfinals

2006: Quarterfinals

2008: Quarterfinals

2010: Runners-Up

2012: Fourth Place

2014: Runners-Up

2016: Group Stage

2018: Quarterfinals

South Korea

South Korea is looking to continue its great year. (Photo: Khel Now)

Originally a 24-women squad, coach Hwang In-soo has had a tough time choosing which players to take to Costa Rica.

South Korea has previously made the quarterfinals, and will be hoping for the same heroics this time around.

An inexperienced side that haven’t played with each other, South Korea has a lot to live up to if it is to make it out of the group stage. The nation will have to rely on their older players to lead the way and mentor the younger players.

Head Coach: Hwang In-soo

Goalkeepers:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#1Yoonji DoDankook University
#18Kyeonghee KimChangnyeong WFC
#21Seobin WooPohang Girls’ Electronic HS

Defenders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#2Hyeonjin BeenUiduk University
#3Jungyeon LeeUiduk University
#4Minji KimDaaduk College
#5Suin LeeKorea University
#6Dayeon LeeDaaduk College
#16Dain HanKorea University
#20Haywon MunKangwon Provincial University

Midfielders:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#7Myeongjin KimKorea University
#8Eunji KimUlsan University
#12Seran LeeKorea University
#14Yebin BaePohang Girls’ Electronic HS
#19Chaeeun WonUlsan Huyandai High School FC

Forwards:

NumberPlayer NameClub
#9Yuna GoUlsan University
#10Garama ChunUlsan University
#11Eunyoung LeeKorea University
#13Dayeong KoDaaduk College
#15Hyeonmin SeoKorea University
#17Yugyeong JeonPohang Girls’ Electronic HS

Previous Results in the U-20 World Cup

2004: Group Stage

2010: Third Place

2012: Quarterfinals

2014: Quarterfinals

2016: Group Stage

Group C Fixture

1. France vs Nigeria (Friday 12 August – 9:00am AEST)

2. Canada vs South Korea (Friday 12 August – 12:00pm AEST)

3. South Korea vs Nigeria (Monday 15 August – 6:00am AEST)

4. France vs Canada (Monday 15 August – 12:00pm AEST)

5. South Korea vs France (Thursday 18 August – 12:00pm AEST)

6. Nigeria vs Canada (Thursday 18 August – 12:00pm AEST)

Predicted Group Finish

MPWinDrawLossPoints
Canada31104
France31104
South Korea30121
Nigeria30121

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