U-20 WWC: USA Opponent Ghana In Midst of Funding Crisis

Recently, both the Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s National Teams of Ghana had to temporarily halt their preparations for their respective World Cups because of a lack of funds, mainly for food, from the Ghana Football Association. This brief suspension of training only lasted about a week, from Friday, June 22nd, to Thursday, June 28th, due to a benefactor stepping forward and agreeing to donate the necessary funds for the two teams’ camps. Continue reading “U-20 WWC: USA Opponent Ghana In Midst of Funding Crisis”

U–17 USWNT: CONCACAF Championship Analysis and More

This post is a compilation of leftover analysis of the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team at teh CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, along with notes on the team’s upcoming schedule and quotes by the team’s head coach Albertin Montoya, regarding things that need to be improved. Continue reading “U–17 USWNT: CONCACAF Championship Analysis and More”

U-17 USWNT: June Camp Roster – 26 Called In

On Monday, US Soccer released the roster for the U-17 USWNT’s June camp, which runs from June 9th to the 16th. Twenty-six players were called in, including all twenty from CONCACAF qualifying. The only new face is midfielder Jaye Boissiere of the MVLA Lightning ( Los Altos Hills, California). With this camp, the U-17s turn their focus to the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which they qualified for last month. Continue reading “U-17 USWNT: June Camp Roster – 26 Called In”

Slot Allocations for the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2014 Youth WWCs Announced

Today or yesterday, FIFA uploaded a circular (PDF) with the details of the slot allocations per confederation for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the 2014 Under-17 Women’s World Cup, and the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

As the 2015 WWC will be the first with 24 teams, up from 16 teams, that allocation decision was of extra interest. CONCACAF had the biggest relative gain, going from 2.5 slots up to 4.5 slots (including host Canada), which means that the USA should have a lot less trouble qualifying this time around. Continue reading “Slot Allocations for the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2014 Youth WWCs Announced”

U-17 WWC 2012: Things To Know

Today, the United States qualified for the 2012 Under-17 Women’s World Cup by defeating Panama 7:0 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship.  Also, Canada qualified by defeating Mexico 1:0. Panama and Mexico will play for the final spot from CONCACAF on Saturday.

Here are some key things to know about the U-17 WWC.

BASIC DETAILS

(This tournament kicks off two weeks after the U-20 WWC finishes: August 19th to September 8th.)

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QUALIFIED TEAMS

Four of the six confederations have completed qualification, with UEFA (Europe) and CONCACAF the only two to not yet have all their spots decided.

  • Host (1): Azerbaijan
  • Africa (3): Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia
  • Asia (3): Japan, North Korea, China
  • North America (3): United States, Canada,…
  • Oceania (1): New Zealand
  • South America (3): Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia

YET TO QUALIFY

Europe. UEFA has two spots (besides the host) and their tournament is down to a four-team knock-out phase, with the winners of the semifinals going to the U-17 WWC. That phase of the tournament will be played in late June, in Switzerland, with the win-or-go-home semifinals on June 26th. The two semifinal match-ups:

  • Switzerland vs. France
  • Denmark vs. Germany

With France and Germany being the favorites in their matches. Tournament Website (UEFA.com)

North America. CONCACAF has one spot left to decide, which will be between Panama and Mexico, in the third-place match of the U-17 Championship, which will be played on Saturday.

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FORMAT

The tournament is a traditional sixteen team world cup, with the teams divided into four groups of four, and the top two teams in each group advance to the knock-out stage which consists of quarterfinals, semifinals, a third-place match, and a final.

Most of the matches will be held in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, which has four venues that will be used, with Lankaran being the only other host city.

No Extra Time: In the knock-out stage, if the teams are tied after the end of regulation, the match will go straight to a penalty shoot-out. There will not be thirty minutes of added time. This was a change made in 2011 for all U-17 and under FIFA tournaments, including the men’s. The original proposal was put forth by “the Medical Committee and the FIFA Task Force Football 2014” (PDF on the U-17 Men’s World Cup).

Roster Size: 21 players, including three goalkeepers.

See also, the full regulations (PDF).

Women’s Soccer Cinderella Story of the Month: Uruguay’s U-17 WNT

[Updated] Uruguay’s Under-17 Women’s National Team has qualified for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan in the most incredible fashion: By winning all its matches in the first group stage, and then by winning both its matches so far in the second/final group stage. That is six straight matches. To put this in perspective of Uruguayan women’s football, before this tournament, the combined record of all of Uruguay’s WNTs was 7-32-5 (W-L-T) in all Sudamericano championship competitions (senior, U-20, U-17). In the previous U-17 tournaments (2008 and 2010) Uruguay had only won one match. And, that was back in 2008 (a combined record of 1-7-0).

Continue reading “Women’s Soccer Cinderella Story of the Month: Uruguay’s U-17 WNT”