Like their U-20 side, the Korea DPR U-17 team have truly established themselves among the world's best on the global scene. The East Asians are among the most successful in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, having twice reached the final during the past four editions, including clinching the inaugural trophy back at New Zealand 2008. All the more impressive is their dominance in continental qualifiers, namely the AFC U-16 Women's Championship. They have reached the final in each of the past five editions in which they have taken part. Despite missing the inaugural tournament in 2005, Korea DPR took the Asian showpiece by storm two years later by claiming the title. After agonisingly finishing runners-up in the next three editions, they bounced back to edge defending Japan to recapture the Asian laurels last year.
Coach Hwang Yong-Song's current squad demonstrated trademark never-say-die spirit en route to their second continental success. They opened with overwhelming victories against Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan, before a 1-1 draw against Japan sealed their progression as group runners-up. The tournament’s Most Valued Player Ri Hae-Yon completed a brace as they edged hosts China PR 2-1 in the semi-final clash, thus sealing both a place in the final and qualification for Jordan 2016.
With women's football Korea DPR’s strongest suit, it is their youth teams, in particular, that are undisputed forces to be reckoned at global level. Not surprisingly, Korea DPR are among the tournament favourites heading into Jordan 2016. Inspired by their title-winning campaign in continental qualifying, coach Hwang Yong-Song's side will have fixed their focus on no less than a second world title.