Jordan 2016 will be Brazil’s fourth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup outing and their return to the competition following their failure to qualify for Costa Rica 2014. Present at the tournament’s debut in New Zealand in 2008, where they collected a solitary point and finished 14th out of 16, A Canarinha also appeared at Trinidad and Tobago 2010 and Azerbaijan 2012, making it out of the group phase on both occasions before finishing eighth.
Brazil made sure of their place at Jordan 2016 by finishing second at the South American Championships in Venezuela. Handsome wins over Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia and a goalless draw with Colombia gave the Brazilians top spot in Group B and a place in the final phase, where they beat Paraguay and the Colombians again to reach the world finals with a game to spare. They then lost their unbeaten record to the hosts, going down 1-0 as Venezuela deprived them of a title they last won in 2012.
Coached by Luiz Antonio Ribeiro, the Brazilians shipped four goals in their opening two qualifying matches but conceded just the one in their remaining five, an improvement that spoke volumes of their ability to develop over the course of a tournament. Ribeiro’s charges will be hoping such solidity can make the difference again at the world finals, and that they can continue to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Their chances of doing that will hinge once again on strikers Nycole Silva and Kerolin Ferraz, who combined to score eight of the 15 goals Brazil amassed in the qualifying competition.