Host Jordan, European champion Germany, defending champion Japan and Korea DPR, the 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup winners and 2012 runners-up, earned the seeds across the four groups. In Group A, Jordan drew Spain, Mexico and New Zealand. Group B features Venezuela, Germany, Cameroon and Canada. Group C features Nigeria, Brazil, England and Korea DPR.
- Quote Sheet: Final Draw of U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in Jordan
Jordan, which encompasses roughly the same square miles as the state of Indiana, will host the tournament in four venues, two in Amman, one in Irbid, which is about 60 miles north of Amman, and one in Al Zarqa, which is just 15 miles northeast of Amman.
The 12,000-seat Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, where the USA opens the tournament, features an artificial surface while the other three stadiums have natural grass. Amman International Stadium, which seats 13,000, will host the Third-Place Match on Oct. 20 and World Cup Final on Oct. 21. King Abdullah II International Stadium seats 12,000, as does the Al Hassan International Stadium in Irbid, the only venue the USA will not play in during group play.
The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will feature 16 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Should the U.S. advance to the second round by winning the group, it would meet a second-place team from Group C. If the USA finishes second in the group, it would face the first-place team from Group C.
- The USA opens the tournament against South America third-place finisher Paraguay in what will be the second meeting between the nations in U-17 Women’s World Cup play. The two countries met in the second group match at the 2008 tournament in New Zealand with the USA prevailing 3-1 after going down a goal. It was a crucial three points as the USA lost (to Japan) and drew (with France) in its other group matches, but advanced second out of the group and made to the championship game.
- The meeting with Ghana will be the first between these two countries in this tournament, but second against an African team for the USA in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup play. The USA defeated Gambia, 6-0, in group play at the 2012 tournament. Ghana qualified by defeating Morocco 10-0 on aggregate over a two-leg series to earn one of Africa’s three berths to Jordan.
- The Americans will finish group play against Japan, which finished second behind Korea DPR in the 2015 AFC U-16 Women's Championship. Japan won this tournament two years ago in Costa Rica, defeating Spain 2-0 in the title match. The USA and Japan met in the opening game of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with the USA falling, 3-2. The Americans rallied to make the championship game before losing 2-1 in overtime to North Korea.
- This will be the fifth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and the tournaments has been dominated by teams from Asia. North Korea won the inaugural tournament in 2008 in New Zealand, defeating the USA, and South Korea won the second installment in 2010 in Trinidad & Tobago, defeating Japan in penalty kicks after an entertaining 3-3 tie through regulation and overtime.
- In the third U-17 WWC in 2012, France broke through, defeating North Korea in penalty kicks in the championship game, but Japan returned the trophy to Asia in 2014, defeating Spain, 2-0.
- These will be the first matches ever by any U.S. Women’s National Team in Jordan.
- The USA won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, defeating Mexico 2-1 in the championship game, but the Americans had already booked their place in the Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal. The USA out-scored its opposition 18-2 over the five matches of the tournament.
- The USA missed the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in penalty kicks in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament to Canada despite out-scoring the opposition 38-0 over five games. The USA missed the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in penalty kicks to Mexico in semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament despite outscoring its opponents, 24-1.
2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Groups
Group A (Amman AIS & KAS, Irbid, Al Zarqa):
Group B (Irbid, Amman AIS & KAS, Al Zarqa):
Group C (Amman KAS & AIS, Al Zarqa, Irbid):
Group D (Al Zarqa, Amman AIS & KAS, Irbid):
U.S. 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group D Schedule
|Oct. 1||Paraguay||Prince Mohammed International Stadium; Ak Zarqa, Jordan
||4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
|Oct. 4||Ghana||King Abdullah II International Stadium; Amman, Jordan
||4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
|Oct. 8||Japan||Amman International Stadium; Amman, Jordan
||7 p.m. local / Noon ET|
ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 13, 2016) – Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-1 victory against Mexico.
Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Kuhlmann’s heroics.
“It’s been an emotional two weeks and it’s been a hard-fought two weeks,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. “The girls are ecstatic, and I’m proud of them for pushing through some adversity today. Five games in nine days in this heat against this type of competition is tough, and every game we had was very difficult. The girls learned from it and pushed themselves through some things they’ve never had to deal with before. It was a total team effort.”
Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player and Laurel Ivory, who played every minute in goal for the USA, won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the competition. Ivory, who had little to do for most of the tournament, made a huge save near the end of the game to keep it knotted at 1-1.
Seven U.S. players made the Best XI Team for the tournament: Ivory, Naomi Girma, Kennedy Wesley, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, Sanchez and Kuhlmann
The USA had already booked its place in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal on March 11, but the championship game triumph gives the USA its third U-17 CONCACAF title (2008, 2012, 2016). Mexico earned its berth to the Women’s World Cup via a 3-0 semifinal win against Haiti, while Canada booked CONCACAF’s final World Cup spot with a 4-2 win against Haiti in the third place match.
The USA had far more dangerous chances on the night, including a shot from Kuhlmann in the first half that smacked off the crossbar at the upper left corner, but Mexico goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre made numerous big-time saves to keep the game close.
Sophia Smith entered the game in the 79th minute and set up the winning goal with an excellent cross from the right wing that Kuhlmann met with a powerful slide to seal the victory, although Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle, who scored Mexico’s earlier equalizer, hit the outside of the left post in the dying seconds of the match.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ashley Sanchez, 43rd minute: A ball was played over the top by the USA and bounced in the penalty area. Alessandra Ramirez headed it up in the air and Sanchez was first to the falling ball, deftly lifting it over the defender and goalkeeper into the open net for her fifth goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 ( SEE GOAL)
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Maricarmen Reyes), 69th minute: Mexico put together a nice build up down the right side and served a cross into the middle where Maricarmen Reyes collected well at the top of the box. She then played a pass square to Ovalle, who took a touch into the penalty area on the left side and hit a perfect shot just inside the right post past diving U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith), 86th minute: With the USA pushing for the winner, substitute Sophia Smith fought off a defender on the right wing and whipped in a cross. Kuhlmann timed her run perfectly and knifed through the goal area to smash home a volley with her knee. It was her fourth goal of the tournament. USA 2, MEX 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 8th minute: Ashley Sanchez beat two defenders around the left side and dribbled toward the near post. Aguirre held her position and batted the close range shot over the goal for a corner kick.
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 17th minute: Aguirre came up big again on Sanchez, once again cutting down the angle on a one-on-one and threw her body in front of the shot to block the close range chance.
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 57th minute: JaelinHowell hit a bending shot from the top of the box that was headed into the upper right corner before Aguirre leapt to push the ball out for a corner kick.
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 65th minute: Civana Kuhlmann got behind the defense on the right side and fired low, but Aguirre turned it away with a kick save.
USA – Laurel Ivory, 80th minute: With the game in the balance, Mexico got off a shot from the right side of the penalty area that Ivory was able to get her gloves on with a dive to her right that helped the ball bounce just wide right of the post.
- The USA won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the Qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
- Overall, the USA has 25-game unbeaten streak (23-0-2) in this tournament since it began in 2008, outscoring opponents 137-5.
- The USA scored 18 goals in this year’s tournament and allowed two.
- Six different players have scored the USA’s 18 goals: Frankei Tagliaferri (5), Ashley Sanchez (5), Civana Kuhlmann (4), Alexa Spaanstra (2), Jordan Canniff (1) and Sophia Smith (1).
- Ashley Sanchez scored in four out of the five matches and was tied for the team lead with five goals along with Frankie Tagliaferri.
- Laurel Ivory picked up three clean sheets during the competition.
- Mexico started seven of the same players from the teams’ match in group play, while the USA started eight.
- U.S. right back Kennedy Wesley was injured at the end of the first half and had to be replaced at halftime. The USA’s other two right back options (Sydney Zandi and Kiara Pickett) were already injured, so midfielder Alexa Spaanstra filled in at right back for the second half.
- Sophia Smith led the USA with four assists during the tournament.
- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: March 13, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue: Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 88 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
MEX 0 1 1
USA – Ashley Sanchez 43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez) 69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith) 86
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett
Head Coach: B.J. Snow
MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)