FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016
13 November - 3 December

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016™

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

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Korea DPR complete a dream double

THE TOURNAMENT REPLAYED - 2016 has been a year to remember for Korean football. With memories of Korea DPR’s triumph at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 still fresh, the country tasted success once more at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. “It’s a feat that’s never been achieved before,” said the coach Hwang Yong-Bong after his side’s 3-1 defeat of France in the final. “I’m delighted with our victory, but we can’t stop here. We have to keep on working to win more titles.”

Boasting the most prolific attack in the tournament with 21 goals, Korea DPR were in a class of their own in Papua New Guinea. Coupled with their enterprising, attack-minded approach and their tireless running, the Asians’ remarkable mental resolve allowed them to see off all their opponents. That durability was in evidence when Spain and USA took them to extra time in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, and when France opened the scoring in the final.

That early goal gave the French hope of lifting the trophy themselves, until, that is, the Korean steamroller cranked into gear, preventing Les Bleuettes from replicating their victory in over the same opponents at the U-17 world finals in Azerbaijan four years ago, a game in which several players from both sides featured. “There was no fuel left in the tank,” lamented France coach Gilles Eyquem at the end of what was a punishing campaign for his charges. After earning two draws and a win to advance from Group C, the French held off Germany in the last eight before grinding out an extra-time win over Japan in the semis.

“The positive thing is that we’ve come up against some very good sides,” added Eyquem. “It’s been a valuable experience for these players, who I hope will go on to have success with the senior team.” On the basis of their displays at Papua New Guinea 2016, there is no doubt that the likes of Delphine and Estelle Cascarino, Mylene Chavas, Hawa Cissoko and Grace Geyoro all look to have promising careers ahead of them with Les Bleues.

Consolation for Japan, dejection for Germany and USA Third and fourth respectively, Japan and USA had very different campaigns. Aside from the narrow defeat to Spain in the group phase, the Young Nadeshiko were in irrepressible form all the way through to the semis, where the French defence neutralised their delightful interplay.

The second-highest scoring team in the competition with 16 goals, Asako Takakura’s side provided another compelling and aesthetically pleasing demonstration of what Japanese football has to offer on the global stage. With Yuka Momiki, Mami Ueno and Hina Sugita emerging fast, Takakura, who also coaches Japan’s senior side, knows she has a new generation of players she can count on at full international level.

Three-time winners of the competition, USA have fewer reasons to be pleased with their performance in Papua New Guinea. After making hard work of qualifying from Group C, the Stars and Stripes needed a late comeback to see off Mexico in the last eight before succumbing to Korea DPR in the semis. On an individual level, Mallory Pugh showcased her world-class talent in guiding her team through some tough moments.

Unfulfilled promise Among the other teams to reach the knockout phase, Mexico impressed at times, not least in the shape of the pacy Maria Sanchez and the physically imposing Kiana Palacios in attack. As for Spain, they can take heart from giving the Koreans the sternest of tests in the quarter-finals and from their group-phase win over bogey team Japan.

Reigning champions Germany were flawless in topping Group D with maximum points, only to be eliminated by France in the last eight, the same stage at which Brazil fell, with the South Americans’ individual brilliance proving insufficient against Japan’s all-round excellence.

Disappointment for Africa, lessons for hosts The biggest surprise of the first round was undoubtedly Nigeria’s exit. Runners-up at Canada 2014, the Super Falconets ultimately paid for the humiliating reverse they suffered at the hands of Japan in their opening game, with their two subsequent wins not enough to take them through. Ghana also packed their bags early after a defeat and two draws in Group C.

As for the host nation, they now know the size of the gap that separates them from the best teams in the world, having conceded a total of 22 goals in three heavy defeats. Amid the deluge, however, came a ray of sunshine in the shape of Nicollete Ageva’s equaliser against Korea DPR after 16 minutes of their group match. Her joyous celebrations provided some of the tournament’s most abiding images.

“That was our objective in this match: to score a goal for ourselves and for the whole of Papua New Guinea,” the smiling Ageva told FIFA.com after finding the back of the net against the eventual champions, a goal that could well inspire many young women across the country to take up the game.

Finally, the tournament also provided a platform for a number of important campaigns targeted at the local population, such as #ENDviolence, which seeks to bring an end to violence against women and girls. The social inclusion programme set up for the tournament’s volunteers was also a major success and promises to leave a lasting legacy for the country.

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 25:  Valerie Gauvin of France takes a selfie with supporters after the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Quarter Final match between Germany and Fra  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 21:  Mallory Pugh of the United States celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Group C match between USA and Ghana at Sir  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 21:  Maria Sanchez of Mexico tries to tackle Hilaris Villasana of Venezuela during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group D match between Venezuela and Mexico at Bava Park on November 21, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Mexico survive Venezuela fightback, advance to quarters



Port Moresby, PNG - NOVEMBER 20: Nicollete Ageva #10 of Papua New Guinea celebrates with Bellinda Giada #12 after scoring against Korea DPR during their Group A match in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea on November 20, 2016 at National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Hosts make history, Asian sides make hay



PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 20:  Katrine of Brazilis tackled by Anna Elin Astrid Anvegard of Sweden during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group A match between Brazil and Sweden at PNG Football Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Swedish stalemate sees Seleção progress



Port Moresby, PNG - NOVEMBER 17: Ally Watt #11 of United States is swarmed by teammates after scoring against New Zealand during the second half of their Group C match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 at PNG Football Stadium on November 17, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Germany fire as USA, Korea Republic bounce back

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The classy captain and midfield fulcrum of Japan’s slick and, until the final, seemingly unstoppable side was a worthy winner of the adidas Golden Ball at Jordan 2016. It was Fuka Nagano, with her vision, precise passing and intelligent movement, who set the tempo for the Young Nadeshiko, allowing her coach to rotate the forwards in front of her with no discernible impact.
A bundle of energy with pace to burn and excellent technical skills, Sung Hyang Sim proved a menace for every defence she faced at this year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup. The bustling little forward was vital to the all-action style that brought Korea DPR glory, and her ability to score, create and generally cause havoc earned a well-deserved Silver Ball award.
A true sensation, Deyna Castellanos lit up Jordan 2016 with some incredible goals and delightful footwork. From her injury-time winner against Cameroon from the halfway line – later voted Goal of the Tournament - to an equally sublime turn and volley against Canada, the Venezuelan, who had also starred in the previous U-17 finals, cemented her status as one of the women’s game’s most exciting talents.
With five goals and an assist, adidas Silver Boot winner Ri Hae Yon was Korea DPR’s top scorer en route to the U-17 title in Jordan. But the Young Chollima No10’s game was about far more than just goals, with vision, passing ability and flawless control marking her out as one of the tournament’s top talents.
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Hawa Cissoko of France tries to tackle Kim Phyong Hwa of Korea DPR during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Final match between Korea DPRand France at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  France fans during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Final match between Korea DPRand France at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Grace Geyoro of France scores a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Final between Korea DPR and France at the National Football Stadiuml on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Grace Geyoro of France celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Final match between Korea DPRand France at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Japan celebrate third place, after beating USA during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Third Place Play Off match between USA and Japan at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03: (Editors note: This image has had a digital filter applied to it) Yuka Momiki of Japan is welcomed by the player mascots as she walks to the pitch  during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Third Place Play Off match between USA and Japan at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Yuka Momiki of Japan and Mallory Pugh of the United States gather with their teams in the tunnel ahead of  the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Third Place Play Off match between USA and Japan at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Nana Ichise of Japan tries to tackle Kelcie Hedge of United States during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Third Place Play Off match between USA and Japan at National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
The road to the final, in pictures
Korea DPR make a fast start
Frustration for France
Korea DPR march on
Louise Fleury of France takes a selfie with locals during a visit to Fisherman's Island
Grace Geyoro of France of France visits Fisherman's Island
The French team visit Fisherman's Island  2016-11-30 06:16:36
Marie-Charlotte Leger and Maelle Garbino of France visit Fisherman's Island

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DECEMBER 03:  Yvonne Molong Gabong of Papua New Guinea carries out the trophy  the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Final match between Korea DPRand France at the National Football Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Leaving a Lasting Legacy for Women’s Football in PNG

20 Dec 2016

Port Moresby, PNG - NOVEMBER 21: Alex Scott of England poses for a photo with prior and current members of the Merifutbol league after their training session on November 21, 2016 at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Alex Scott at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup – Episode 3

8 Dec 2016

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 22:  Alex Scott of England is pictured during a trip to Port Moresby international school, To support the #ENDviolence initiative to end domestic violence with the Papua New Guinea women's team as part of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on November 22, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Alex Scott at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup – Episode 2

8 Dec 2016

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 22:  Alex Scott of England is pictured during a trip to Gerehu Secondary school, To support the #ENDviolence initiative to end domestic violence with the Papua New Guinea women's team as part of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on November 22, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Alex Scott at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup – Episode 1

8 Dec 2016

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 14:  Lea Schueller of Germany celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group D match between Germany and Venezuela at National Football Stadium on November 14, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  (Photo by Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

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7 Dec 2016