The sixth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has showcased the most talented women’s youth teams in the world, and before we head into the business end of the competition in the knockout rounds, FIFA.com takes a look back at some of the most eye-catching statistics from the group stage.
During the first matchday at Uruguay 2018 it was confirmed that over one million total spectators have attended U-17 Women’s World Cup matches in its history.
Sara Ito’s penalty kick for Japan, converted against South Africa, on Group B’s second matchday was the 600th goal in the tournament’s history.
Prior to reaching that milestone, Japan had become the first nation to reach a century of goals in the U-17 Women’ World Cup in the very same game, reached when Haruka Osawa scored her second goal of the afternoon.
Ghana have attempted the most shots with 78, averaging 26 per game. Twenty-four of those have been on target with an average of eight on target per match.
Brazil and Japan’s opening match in Group B in Maldonado saw the most football played with the official actual playing time clocked at 68 minutes and 15 seconds. On the flip side, hosts Uruguay’s second match against New Zealand saw the ball in play for the least amount of time at 41 minutes and 45 seconds.
Spain had the highest average ball possession of all teams after the three matches with 66 per cent. Debutantes Finland weren’t far behind on 63, while Colombia had the lowest possession average at 37 per cent.
Two teams are tied with the most goals scored so far at Uruguay 2018. Ghana and Spain have both scored ten, while conversely, South Africa have conceded the most goals with ten.
Ghana were the only team to win all nine points available in the group stage, topping Group A with the tournament’s joint-highest goal difference, along with Spain (+9).
Ghana forward Mukarama Abdulai is sitting comfortably as the tournament’s top goalscorer with six goals. The next player behind her is Spain’s Claudia Pina with three. Abdulai’s tally so far would have been enough to win the adidas Golden Boot in two editions of the tournament (2008 and 2014).
All six of the teams who are making their sixth appearance at the U-17 Women’s World Cup, and therefore haven’t missed one, qualified for the quarter-finals: Canada, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Korea DPR and New Zealand.
When Germany and Korea DPR met in Group C that became the most played match in tournament history (five).
All five of Canada’s goals have been scored in the second half, while conversely all three of New Zealand’s have been scored in the first half.
Four teams have conceded just once so far, with Ghana, Japan, Mexico and Spain having seen their defences breached a single time in their three group games.
Although Uruguay became the sixth successive host nation to fail to get beyond the group stage, they won more points (one) and scored more goals (two) than the three previous hosts (Azerbaijan in 2012, Costa Rica in 2014 and Jordan in 2016).
New Zealand are the only team in the tournament enjoying their first taste of the quarter-finals. The Kiwis had failed to reach the last eight in their previous five World Cups, but they finally made the breakthrough at Uruguay 2018 thanks to narrow back-to-back wins against Finland 1-0 and Uruguay 2-1.
Germany’s Wiebke Willebrandt is the only goalkeeper to have won the player of the match award at Uruguay 2018 so far. Willebrandt won the honour after her magnificent performance against USA that clinched the Germans’ place in the quarter-finals.