Colombia

The past
After winning the inaugural edition of the South American U-17 competition in Chile in 2008, Colombia’s reputation as a force in women’s football has continued to grow on the continent. Even though they have been unable to advance beyond the group stages in their last two FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup appearances (New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012), those experiences have proved essential in the development of the nation’s senior sides.

The present
The team coached by Felipe Taborda ended the U-17 continental competition with four wins, one draw and two defeats in their seven games, finding form with an organised system and a passing philosophy. The coach has highlighted the excellent technique of his players, their work-rate and sacrifice as the reasons behind the side’s success.

The future
"This group is characterised by its order and discipline, both in the players and the coaching staff,” Taborda said. “Above all, you need a human element and one of the strengths of this group is that they have always worked as a family. Our style is based on careful passing and playing good football – and that is not going to change. Colombia is continuing to grow in women’s football.”