- Squad lists of the 16 teams taking part at France 2018 revealed
- Tournament to be held in the region of Brittany on 5-24 August
- Details on all 336 players can be found here
With just ten days to go before the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 gets under way in the region of Brittany, we now know the players who will take part in this the ninth edition of the competition, one of the main attractions of which is the chance to see the emerging stars of women’s football.
The tournament’s status as a high-quality global showcase is underlined by the fact that eight of the ten candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018 first broke through on the U-20 Women’s World Cup stage. And some, such as Brazil’s Marta and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany, excelled to such an extent that they won the adidas Golden Ball in the respective competitions they appeared in.
The host cities of Vannes, Concarneau, Dinan/Lehon and Saint Malo are all ready to marvel at the talent of the 336 players making up the 16 teams taking part in France 2018. Reigning champions Korea DPR will be out to retain their title and beat off the challenge of established powerhouses in the age group, such as USA and Germany, who each have won the competition three times. Among the other sides with designs on the title are France – the 2016 runners-up – Japan, Nigeria, Brazil and Spain, while tournament newcomers the Netherlands and Haiti will also be full of hope.
Players to watch
Here are just four of the players expected to shine at France 2018:
- Mylene Chavas (FRA): the winner of the adidas golden Glove at Papua New Guinea 2016, the France keeper is one of the stars of a side that finished runners-up at last year’s UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship and are determined to go one better than the second place they achieved two years ago.
- Geyse Ferreira (BRA): the Brazilian was in spectacular form in the 2018 South American U-20 Women’s Championship, scoring 12 goals in seven matches, and will head into her second U-20 world finals on the back of a maiden season in European club football.
- Patri Guijarro (ESP): the undisputed leader of La Rojita, midfielder Guijarro top-scored for them in their European Women’s Under-19 Championship title win and is also a first-choice in Spain’s senior team and with her club Barcelona.
- Georgia Stanway (ENG): at the age of 19 the No10 is already a stalwart of her country’s national youth teams and has spent several seasons at the highest level with Manchester City.