Venezuela

The past
Venezuela’s U-17 women’s side are yet further proof of the progress Vinotinto football has been making in recent years. Indeed, though this will be the country’s first appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, it comes just a year after Venezuela reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009.

The present
Key to Venezuela qualifying for Trinidad and Tobago 2010 was the work put in by Panamanian coach Kenneth Zseremeta over the past two years, which enabled the Vinotinto girls to hit the ground running at February’s South American Women’s U-17 Championship. At the competition on Brazilian soil, Zseremeta’s charges reached the semi-finals following an opening draw with Chile, wins over Uruguay and reigning champions Colombia and a defeat against Argentina. And though they also lost their last-four clash against the host nation and eventual winners, La Vinotinto bounced back to clinch the final qualifying berth with a 1-0 win over Paraguay in the play-off for third place.

The future
“It’s not every day you reach a World Cup and that’s why we’re so excited. Now we need more international experience to make sure we’re well enough prepared. Venezuela has a great future in the women’s game: this is just a beginning,” said coach Zseremeta after his side had made sure of a historic first appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Facts and figures

Key players
Yaribeth Ulacio, Joemar Guarecuco, Isaura Viso

Qualifying statistics
Of their six matches at the Sudamericano 2010, Venezuela won 3, drew one and lost 2, scoring 10 goals to 9 conceded. Leading the squad’s scorers’ charts were Joemar Guarecuco and Isaura Viso, who found the net 4 times apiece.

The numbers game
1 - This will be Venezuela’s first appearance at the U-17 showpiece event.