Switzerland have contested the finals of this tournament twice in the past, but have little to show for their efforts so far. At the 2006 edition in Russia, the young Swiss team were eliminated at the preliminary stage after losing all three of their group matches to Mexico, Germany and eventual champions Korea DPR. History repeated itself in 2010, as the Europeans again failed to overcome the first hurdle with group stage defeats to Korea Republic, USA and Ghana.
Nevertheless, the fact of qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cups in 2006 and 2010 was a symbol of the great strides made in Swiss women’s football. On the continental stage, Switzerland reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in 2009 and repeated the feat in 2011, sealing a berth at the global tournament. The goal now for a promising attacking team is to continue the steady progress of recent times.
"Naturally, we’ve lost a lot of players," confirmed coach Yannick Schwery. "The players born in 1992 are no longer with us, and then there are the likes of Lia Walti and Chantal Fimian, who are still eligible for us but have already made the breakthrough into the senior team." Despite that, the Europeans are sure to battle all the way in Japan, and may well spring a surprise or two.
Facts and figures
Vanessa Bürki, Martina Moser, Ramona Bachmann
Carina Gerber (defender), Eseosa Aigbogun (forward)
0 - Switzerland returned home from the last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with no points and no goals scored after 4-0, 5-0 and 2-0 defeats in the group stage.