Norway

The past
Despite Norway's status as a genuine force in women's senior football, Chile 2008 will be the first appearance at a world event for their youth side. This breakthrough at U-20 level has come about thanks to an increased focus on youth football in recent years, which has resulted in a greater number of teams being set up and improvements in discovering and monitoring new talent.

The present
In the opinion of coach Jarl Torske, Norway are a solid outfit packed with fit and tremendously committed individuals. Many of these youngsters already boast a wealth of experience in the Norwegian top flight, and several of Torske's starlets have also made their senior national team bow. Isabell Herlovsen is a case in point, having picked up 32 full international caps and taken part at both EURO 2005 and the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007.

The future
"We're very pleased to have qualified for the World Cup and very proud of what we've achieved up to now. We know that it will be a very hard-fought competition because the teams you face at this level are getting stronger all the time. Even so, our aim in Chile is to get through the group phase and reach the quarter-finals, and then the semi-finals!" said Norway coach Jarl Torske.

Facts
Former stars
No previous appearances at this competition.

Key players
Isabell Herlovsen, Maren Mjelde (captain), Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Runa Barli.

Qualifying statistics
Norway recorded 2-1 and 5-0 group wins over Denmark and Iceland respectively, as well as a 2-0 reverse against Germany, before going on to lose 3-0 against England in the semi-finals.

The numbers game
90+3 - was the minute when Herlovsen scored the winner against Denmark that sealed her side's place at Chile 2008.