FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Korea Republic’s successful qualification for Uruguay 2018 ended their eight-year wait for a return to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, having missed out on the past three editions. Indeed, the global showpiece had provided fond memories with the team storming to the quarter-finals in the inaugural competition and going on to claim their first and only world championship at Trinidad and Tobago 2010. Despite spending the last eight years in the wilderness, Korea Republic excelled throughout the 2017 Asian qualifying campaign to seal their third world appearance at Uruguay 2018.
The road to Uruguay
Despite being held to a 2-2 draw by China PR, Korea Republic defeated hosts Thailand 3-0 and demolished Laos 7-0 to advance to the last four as group runners-up. Under coach Hur Jungjae, they pulled off the championship's biggest upset by beating pre-tournament favourites Japan on penalties, a result which sealed their place in the final as well as their progression to Uruguay 2018. They were, however, found lacking in the final and suffered a 2-0 defeat against neighbours Korea DPR.
In a sense, the Asian qualifiers saw coach Hur forge his reputation as a master tactician. On more than one occasion in Thailand, he made key substitutions which changed the direction of matches as his side reached the final. Notably, he sent three players into the fray in quick succession in the second half in the semi-final clash against Japan and the tactical changes immediately paid off with an equaliser, and a subsequent penalty shoot-out victory.
5 - The number of goals which Korea Republic captain Cho Mijin scored from as many games to be the qualifying tournament's second top-scorer.