FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its report on the recent FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, lauding the standard of attacking play while identifying key areas for improvement. Read the full FIFA TSG Report on Jordan 2016 .
There was especially high praise for winners Korea DPR and runners-up Japan, both of whom were described as having “distinguished themselves through their attack-minded play”. As the report states: “Japan and Korea DPR perfectly mastered their 4-4-2 systems, which demanded a good deal of movement off the ball, the involvement of the wide players in attack, the constant positioning of midfielders in free space, the complementary play of two forwards, as well as a solid foundation of combination play and passing in the channels and in the small gaps in the opposition defence.”
Disparities were also noted though, not only between the leading nations and the chasing pack but also between positions on the field and progress at this age level. The TSG noted, for example, that Jordan 2016 “showcased some exceptionally talented midfielders and forwards, while the number of dominant defenders and goalkeepers was considerably lower”.
Key areas for development were also identified, with finesse on the ball, the accuracy of long-range shots and heading among several highlighted.
You can read the full, detailed TSG Report on this historic tournament – the first FIFA women’s competition in the Middle East – right here on FIFA.com.