The sixth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will bring together the best young female players on the planet. With two days to go before hosts Uruguay take on Ghana in the opening match, FIFA.com offers some revealing statistics from the competition's past and present.
The number of U-17 Women’s World Cups that Mumuni Fuseina will have appeared in when she steps out at Uruguay 2018. The talented young Ghanaian was 13 when she played at Costa Rica 2014, and four years on she has become one of the star performers in a side coached by Evans Adotey, who is also making his third consecutive appearance at the tournament.
The number of goals per match Japan have averaged in the competition over the years. The Little Nadeshiko have found the back of the net 98 times in 26 games.
The number of teams who have played at every U-17 Women’s World Cup since it was first held at New Zealand 2008. Canada, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Korea DPR and New Zealand will all be making their sixth successive appearances in the competition at Uruguay 2018.
The number of times the competition has been won by a team from the AFC Zone. Korea DPR prevailed in the first and the last tournaments held to date (2008 and 2016), Korea Republic lifted the trophy in 2010, and Japan emerged victorious in 2014. France are the only team so far to have broken Asian domination, winning the competition in 2012.
Ghana are the only African side to have ever reached the semi-finals of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, a feat they achieved at Azerbaijan 2012.
The number of host nations that have qualified from the group phase of the competition.
Players must be no more than 17 years old by the end of the calendar year in which the competition is played and no less than 15 years old.
Someone will need to score inside 22 seconds to beat the record for the competition’s fastest goal, set by Nigeria’s Soo Adekwagh against Korea Republic in 2008.
Only one final has ever been decided in normal time, at Costa Rica 2014, when Japan beat Spain 2-0 in 90 minutes.
The overall attendance figure for Costa Rica 2014. With an average crowd of 8,885 per match, the fourth U-17 Women’s World Cup beat the record of 8,058 set two years earlier in Azerbaijan.