Five Things To Know About The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

After a dominant run through the Concacaf qualifiers and a string of successful warm-up matches, the US U-17 women’s national youth team will open the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India on October 11. Twenty-one of the country’s most talented young players are poised to represent USA against the best in the world this October, and here are five things to know about the tournament.


The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, held every two years, determines a champion of women’s football at U-17 level. The 2022 competition is the first tournament since 2018 after the 2020 U-17 World Cup was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Sixteen teams from around the world have qualified through regional competitions to earn their spots in India. USA won the 2022 Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship with ease, while Canada and Mexico also qualified from North America. Hosts India, as well as China PR and Japan will represent Asia, Morocco, Nigeria and Tanzania come from Africa, while France, Germany and Spain have earned their places in Europe. New Zealand secured their ticket from Oceania, while Brazil, Chile and Colombia snagged World Cup spots from South America. The 16 nations were drawn into four groups of four. This year’s tournament marks the debuts for India, along with Morocco and Tanzania, and is the first participation of all three nations in a FIFA WWC at any level.

The top two in each group advance to the Quarterfinals on October 21-22. From there it’s a knockout round to the tournament finals on October 30th. The competition will be held at three locations across India.


The USA kicks off the World Cup against hosts India (10:30am ET on FS2) on Tuesday October 11 in Bhubaneswar. Kalinga Stadium is expected to be filled to its capacity of 12,000. The USA continue the group on October 14 against Brazil in Bhubaneswar (7:00am ET on FS2) and finish the first pool game against Morocco on October 17 in Goa (10:30am ET on FS2).

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kick-off (ET)

venue; city


11 Oct

USA vs India

10:30 am

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universe

14 Oct

USA vs Brazil

7:00 am

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universe

17 Oct

USA vs Morocco

10:30 am

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa

FS2, Telemundo deports app/website/streaming

All tournament matches will be streamed to either FS2 or Fox Soccer Plus. Fans can follow all the action from India on Official US Soccer Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


U-17 WYNT head coach Natalia Astrain has assembled a talented, diverse squad of 21 players for the World Cup in India. Players born on or after January 1, 2005 are age eligible for this World Cup. The USA roster includes players who were co-born in two different years of birth 16 were born in 2005 and five were born in 2006. Eleven players will be 17 years old at the start of the World Cup and 10 will be 16 years old.


GOALKEEPER (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Courage; Wake Forest, NC; 5th), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 7th), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Florida; 2nd)

DEFENDERS (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Real Colorado National; Highlands Ranch, Colorado; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 0/0) , Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 9/0), Cameron Roller (Solar SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Total Futbol Academy; Studio City, Calif. ; 9/0 )

MIDFELD (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Georgia; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Courage; Cary, NC; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Kentucky; 3/0)

FORWARD (7): Emeri Adames (Solar SC; Red Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Beach FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (PDA ; Warren, NJ; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, NC; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing , Me.; 10/8)

After the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, this is the first World Cup for all players in the squad. 15 of the 21 helped USA win the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship that spring. Midfielder Riley Jackson won the Golden Ball in the Dominican Republic as player of the tournament and goalkeeper Victoria Safradin won the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.

The six players in the World Cup squad who were not part of the USA team in World Cup qualifiers are goalkeeper Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emeri Adames and Samantha Smith.

With eight career goals each at this level, forwards Melina Rebimbas and Amalia Villareal go into this World Cup as the USA’s top scorers. Nineteen of the 21 players in the squad are capped at U-17 level, led by midfielders Mia Bhuta and Lauren Martinho and striker Melina Rebimbas, who have all ten caps. Bugg and Smith are uncovered.


After a long delay in programming the youth national team due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this U-17 women’s national youth team played their first-ever internationals at the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship this spring. The USA went ruthlessly through the tournament, claiming seven straight wins and beating their opponents 58-1.

The USA’s 20-0 opening win over Grenada marked the most goals scored and the widest margin by a US team at a U-17 or U-20 youth World Cup qualifier, while forward Amalia Villareal scored five against Puerto Rico The second game set a record for most goals in a game by a US player in Concacaf qualifiers.

In the semi-finals, two goals from forward Melina Rebimbas and one from forward Onyeka Gamero ensured a 3-0 win over Canada and secured the USA a World Cup ticket. In the final, midfielder Lauren Martinho met Mexico before Mexico equalised, setting the stage for a dramatic 77th-minute Rebimbas winner.

The USA faced elite contenders for their final pre-World Cup training camp in August, meeting reigning World Under-17 champions Spain and European champions Germany. In two games against Spain, the USA won 2-0 thanks to two second-half goals and then drew 1-1 after conceding a penalty in the final minute. The U-17s finished the table with a 1-0 win over Germany through a goal from striker Emeri Adames.


This year marks a historic event for women’s football as India hosts its first-ever FIFA women’s tournament. Held for the first time in New Zealand in 2008, this year marks the seventh FIFA WWC at this age level. It is the second time the tournament has been staged in Asia, following the landmark 2016 competition in Jordan, the first FIFA WWC in the Middle East.

Led by future USWNT senior stars Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Kristie Mewis and Samantha Mewis, USA took second place in the inaugural 2008 tournament, their best finish to date. The USA were just 14 minutes from winning the World Cup 1-0 before Korea DPR equalized to send extra time into overtime and then scored a crucial goal in the 113th minute to seal the first U -17 WWC title to take home. USA have not made it past the group stage since 2008. In 2012, despite drawing against eventual finalists France and Korea DPR in the group stage, the USA became the first team to finish with five points in group play and not advance to the group stage knockout stages of a FIFA WWC.

In addition to the 2008 quartet, several current USWNT pool players have competed in this tournament. Midge Purce and Andi Sullivan represented the USA in Azerbaijan 2012, Naomi Girma, Jaelin Howell, Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith took part in Jordan 2016 and Trinity Rodman represented Uruguay in 2018.

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