With just few 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, New Zealand and Spain, while tournament newcomers the Netherlands and Haiti will also be full of hope.