Five Things To Know About The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (2023)

After a dominant run through the Concacaf qualifying tournament and a series of successful preparation matches, the U.S. Under-17 Women’s Youth National Team is set to kick off the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 11 in India. Twenty-one of the country’s most talented young players are ready to represent the USA against the world’s best this October and here are five things to know about the tournament.


Contested every two years, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup determines a champion for women’s soccer at the Under-17 level. The 2022 competition is the first tournament since 2018 after the 2020 U-17 WWC was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sixteen teams from around the globe have qualified through regional competition to earn their spots in India. The USA won the 2022 Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship in emphatic fashion, while Canada and Mexico also qualified from North America. Host India, as well as China PR and Japan, will represent Asia, Morocco, Nigeria and Tanzania come from Africa, while France, Germany and Spain earned their berths through Europe. New Zealand punched its ticket from Oceania, while Brazil, Chile and Colombia clinched World Cup spots from South America. The 16 nations were drawn into four groups of four teams. This year’s tournament marks the debut for India as well as Morocco and Tanzania, and is the first appearance for all three nations’ in a FIFA WWC at any level.

The top two finishers in each group will advance to the quarterfinals on Oct. 21-22. From there, it’s a knockout round bracket to the tournament final on Oct. 30. The competition will be held at three venues across India.


The USA kicks off the World Cup on Tuesday, Oct. 11 against host India (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2) in Bhubaneswar. Kalinga Stadium will likely be filled to its capacity of 12,000. The USA continues the group on Oct. 14 vs. Brazil in Bhubaneswar (7 a.m. ET on FS2) and wraps up first pool play against Morocco on Oct. 17 in Goa (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2).




Kickoff (ET)

Venue; City


Oct. 11

USA vs. India

10:30 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universo

Oct. 14

USA vs. Brazil

7:00 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universo

Oct. 17

USA vs. Morocco

10:30 a.m.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App/Website/Streaming

All tournament matches will be broadcast on either FS2 or Fox Soccer Plus. Fans can follow all of the action from India on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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U-17 WYNT head coach Natalia Astrain has assembled a talented, versatile 21-player roster for the World Cup in India. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, are age-eligible for this World Cup. The USA roster includes players born across two different birth years with 16 born in 2005 and five born in 2006. Eleven players will be 17 years old at the start of the World Cup and 10 will be 16.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; Wake Forest, N.C.; 5), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 7), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Fla.; 2)

DEFENDERS (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Real Colorado National; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 0/0), Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 9/0), Cameron Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif.; 9/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Ga.; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 3/0)

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FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (PDA; Warren, N.J.; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing, Mich.; 10/8)

After the 2020 FIFA U-17 WWC was canceled due to COVID-19, this will be the first World Cup for all players on the roster. Fifteen of the 21 helped the USA win the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship this spring. Midfielder Riley Jackson won the Golden Ball in the Dominican Republic as the tournament’s best player and goalkeeper Victoria Safradin won the Golden Glove as its best netminder.

The six players on the World Cup roster who were not a part of the U.S. team at World Cup qualifying are goalkeeper Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emeri Adames and Samantha Smith.

With eight career goals each at this level, forwards Melina Rebimbas and Amalia Villareal enter this World Cup as the USA’s leading scorers. Nineteen of the 21 players on the roster have been capped at the U-17 level, led by midfielders Mia Bhuta and Lauren Martinho as well as forward Melina Rebimbas, who all have 10 caps. Bugg and Smith are uncapped.

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After a long delay of Youth National Team programming due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this U-17 Women’s Youth National Team played its first-ever international matches at the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship this spring. The USA ran roughshod through the tournament, rattling off seven straight victories and outscoring its opponents 58-1.

The USA’s opening 20-0 victory against Grenada marked the most goals scored and biggest margin of victory ever for a U.S. team at a U-17 or U-20 Youth World Cup qualifying tournament, while forward Amalia Villareal’s five goals vs. Puerto Rico in the second game tied a record for most goals in a game by any U.S. player in Concacaf qualifying.

In the semifinals, two goals from forward Melina Rebimbas and one from forward Onyeka Gamero clinched a 3-0 win against Canada and secured the USA’s World Cup ticket. Facing Mexico in the final, midfielder Lauren Martinho opened the scoring before Mexico equalized, setting the stage for a dramatic game-winner from Rebimbas in the 77th.

The U.S. faced elite competition in August for its final pre-World Cup training camp, taking on reigning U-17 WWC champion Spain and European champion Germany. In two matches against Spain, the USA won 2-0 on the strength of two second-half goals, and then drew 1-1 after conceding a penalty in the last minute of play. The U-17s closed out the slate with a 1-0 victory vs. Germany on a goal from forward Emeri Adames.

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This year marks a historic event for women’s soccer as India hosts its first-ever FIFA women’s tournament. First staged in 2008 in New Zealand, this year marks the seventh FIFA WWC at this age level. It’s the second time that the tournament has been hosted in Asia, following the ground-breaking 2016 competition in Jordan, the first FIFA WWC held in the Middle East.

Led by future senior USWNT stars Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Kristie Mewis and Samantha Mewis, the USA finished runner-up at the inaugural 2008 tournament, its best-ever finish. The U.S. was just 14 minutes away from winning the World Cup 1-0 before Korea DPR equalized to send things to overtime and then score a 113th-minute game-winner to take home the first U-17 WWC title. The USA hasn’t made it out of the group stage since 2008. In 2012, despite drawing eventual finalists France and Korea DPR in the group stage, the USA became the first team to finish with five points in pool play and not advance to the knockout round of a FIFA WWC.

In addition to the quartet from 2008, several current full USWNT pool players have participated in this tournament. Midge Purce and Andi Sullivan represented the U.S. at Azerbaijan 2012, Naomi Girma, Jaelin Howell, Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith participated in Jordan 2016 and Trinity Rodman took the field at Uruguay 2018.


How many nations compete in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup? ›

A total of 16 teams from all across the globe will be competing for the honours. India, who qualified for the tournament courtesy of being hosts, will make their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup debut at the tournament.

Where will the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup be held in 2022? ›

It is the second time that India hosts a FIFA tournament after the men's 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the first time that India hosts a FIFA women's football tournament. All statistics correct as of 15 October 2022.

Where was the FIFA U-17 World Women's World Cup held this year? ›

The India vs Morocco FIFA U17 Women's World Cup match kicks-off at 8:00 PM IST, October 11 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

Where is women's World Cup? ›

New Zealand and Australia will host the expanded 32-team Women's World Cup from July 20 to August 20. The draw for the tournament will be held on Oct. 22 in Auckland with only 29 of the 32 places confirmed.

Who has won the most u17 World Cup? ›

Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, with five titles and three runners up. Brazil is the second-most successful with four titles and two runners-up. Ghana and Mexico have won the tournament twice.

Is the 2022 World Cup men's or women's? ›

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup competition, the quadrennial international men's football championship contested by the senior national teams of the member associations of FIFA.

Who is hosting women's World Cup 2022? ›

New Zealand

Where is the Women's World Cup 2022? ›

Host selection

On 17 November 2020, FIFA announced that the 2020 edition of the tournament would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Costa Rica were appointed as hosts of the next edition of the tournament in 2022.

What does Al Rihla mean in English? ›

Al Rihla means “the journey” in Arabic and is inspired by the culture, architecture, iconic boats and flag of Qatar. The bold, vibrant colours set on a pearlescent background represent the FIFA World Cup host country and the ever-increasing speed of the game.

How to watch U17 Women's World Cup? ›

Where to watch the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup? The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022 will be telecasted live on the Sports18 Network in India. The matches will also be streamed live on the Voot and JioTV app and website.

Where to watch FIFA U17 World Cup? ›

The India vs USA, FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup match will be streamed live on Voot.

How often is the U-17 World Cup? ›

Contested every two years, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup determines a champion for women's soccer at the Under-17 level. The 2022 competition is the first tournament since 2018 after the 2020 U-17 WWC was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Which country will host the u17 World Cup? ›

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

How many times has Nigeria Under-17 won the World Cup? ›

History. The team won the maiden edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 hosted by China, 1993, 2007, 2013, and 2015 (becoming only the second team since Brazil to win it back to back); making them the first team ever to win the junior world cup five times.

Who won the most women's World Cup? ›

With four titles, the United States is the most successful Women's World Cup team and is one of only seven nations to play in every World Cup.

Who made it to the World Cup 2022? ›

World Cup 2022 qualified teams
TeamAssociationDate qualified
DenmarkUEFAOctober 12, 2021
BrazilCONMEBOLNovember 11, 2021
BelgiumUEFANovember 13, 2021
FranceUEFANovember 13, 2021
28 more rows

How many teams will Play in Qatar 2022? ›

What is the World Cup group draw? The 2022 World Cup will begin with 32 teams in eight groups of four: Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.

Who won the first Women's Football Cup? ›

The inaugural tournament, in 1991, was won by the United States. This initial contest and the 1995 iteration of the Women's World Cup featured 12 international teams in the final tournament. The field expanded to 16 teams in 1999 and to 24 teams in 2015. Are you game?

How many FIFA women's teams are there? ›

Introducing Women in FIFA 16

Choose from 12 teams and compete* in Match Day, an Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Matches. Available teams: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, Mexico.

How many overs are in women's ODI? ›

Women's One Day International (WODI) is the limited overs form of women's cricket. Matches are scheduled for 50 overs, equivalent to the men's game. The first women's ODIs were played in 1973, as part of the first Women's World Cup which was held in England.

What does U20 mean in soccer? ›

Adjective. U20. (sports) pertaining to a grouping of people who are under 20 years of age.

Who has qualified for the Womens World Cup? ›

England and the Republic of Ireland are two of 29 teams to have qualified for the tournament so far:
  • Australia (co-hosts)
  • New Zealand (co-hosts)
  • China (AFC)
  • Japan (AFC)
  • Philippines (AFC)
  • South Korea (AFC)
  • Vietnam (AFC)
  • Morocco (CAF)
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Are England in the Women's World Cup? ›

Just 34 days after that triumph, England then confirmed their place at the 2023 Women's World Cup by beating Austria 2-0, sealing the spot with a game to spare.

Where is the women's Euro final played? ›

Wembley Stadium will host the UEFA Women's EURO final on Sunday 31 July 2022. Heading to Wembley Stadium for the UEFA Women's EURO final?

Where are women's Euros held? ›

This will be the first Women's EURO final at Wembley, but the stadium has staged the men's decider twice, in 1996 and 2021, along with the 1966 FIFA World Cup final and countless other big events – not to mention the annual FA Women's Cup final since 2015.

Who is the winner of women's World Cup 2022? ›

Australia win ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 with special victory over England. Australia won their seventh ICC Women's Cricket World Cup with a 71-run victory over England in Christchurch.

Are England in the women's World Cup 2023? ›

With England and the Republic of Ireland qualified for the 2023 Women's World Cup, here's all you need to know about next year's tournament, including the draw date.


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