Reigning champions Korea DPR face a testing start to their title defence. The respective CONCACAF and CONMEBOL champions Mexico and Brazil providing the opposition, along with an England side anxious to atone for group-phase exits on their last two appearances in the competition, at Germany 2010 and Canada 2014.
The big match
These two sides served up a thriller in the group phase at Papua New Guinea 2016, with the North Koreans emerging 4-2 winners. The fans in Concarneau will be hoping for an equally entertaining spectacle when the pair lock horns again in their final pool game on 12 August.
Did you know?
Former Germany defender Thomas Gerstner, who took charge of Korea DPR during the Asian qualifiers, was the first foreign coach of the nation’s U-20 side.
Mexico will head to their eighth FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as reigning CONCACAF champions, after winning the regional title for the very first time.
What they said
“The draw doesn’t really matter because you know it’s going to be tough no matter who you face. We’re just happy to be here after missing the last tournament, and we’ll be ready for it.”
England coach Mo Marley
“It’s a tight group. We were always likely to get a tough draw and that’s how it’s turned out. The qualifying competition has given us a lot of confidence though, and we’re hoping to put on a similar display at the World Cup.”
Brazil coach Dorival Bueno