Korea DPR boast an incredible record at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, and they are one of the globe’s most successful in the competition. Despite missing out on the inaugural campaign in 2002 and the next edition in 2004, they took Russia 2006 by storm clinching the title as debutants. They continued their impressive form at Chile 2008, going all the way through to the final only to be edged out by USA. They also progressed beyond the group phase in the next two World Cups, where they lost out to the eventual champions on both occasions. Most recently at Canada 2014, Korea DPR returned to the semi-final losing in the third-place play-off against an outstanding France side.
Korea DPR displayed traditional hallmarks in their 2015 qualifying campaign in China PR, proving difficult to break down although their scoring record remained modest against the traditional continental big names. Korea DPR won their group with a perfect record though in doing so they scored less goals than peninsula rivals Korea Republic who finished second. They booked passage to Papua New Guinea 2016 with a strong 2-0 win over the hosts in the semi-final, before being edged in the continental decider on penalties by Japan.
The 2006 champions will undoubtedly enter the 2016 edition of the tournament as one of the favourites, where opponents can expect to face a side displaying trademark discipline and teamwork. “We know we have some areas where we need to improve,” said Korea DPR coach Hwang Yong-bong following qualifying. “We need to keep working to improve our passing and positioning; we can get better in the future.”