U-17 WYNT Prepared For Takeoff At 2022 FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup

October 10, 2022

U.S. Beneath-17 Girls’s Youth Nationwide Crew

FIFA Beneath-17 Girls’s World Cup

Bhubaneswar, Goa and Navi Mumbai, India

Oct. 11-30



The U.S. Beneath-17 Girls’s Youth Nationwide Crew will kick off the 2022 FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in opposition to host India in entrance of an anticipated sellout crowd at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Universo).


The U-17 WYNT returns to the World Cup for the primary time since 2018 after the 2020 event was canceled as a result of international COVID-19 pandemic and enters India as champion of Concacaf following a dominant run via World Cup qualifying. After opening the event vs. India, the U.S. faces South American champion Brazil on Friday, Oct. 14 (7 a.m.; FS2, Universo) and closes the group stage vs. first-time participant Morocco on Monday, Oct. 17 (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App, Web site and Streaming).


Followers can observe the U-17 WYNT all through the event on Instagram, Twitter, Fb and ussoccer.com.


2022 FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup
USA Schedule – Group A




Kickoff (ET)

Venue; Metropolis


Oct. 11

10:30 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universo

Oct. 14

USA vs. Brazil

7:00 a.m.

Kalinga Stadium; Bhubaneswar

FS2, Universo

Oct. 17

USA vs. Morocco

10:30 a.m.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App, Web site and Streaming




All three of the USA’s group stage matches might be broadcast on Fox Sports activities 2. The entire event’s 32 matches might be carried on FS2 or Fox Soccer Plus and might be out there on-line at FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports activities App with corresponding authentication.


As well as, the USA’s group stage matches might be broadcast in Spanish on the Universo household of platforms. The primary two video games might be aired on Universo, whereas the third might be carried on the Telemundo Deportes App, web site and streaming platforms.



The USA confronted elite competitors in its closing coaching camp earlier than gathering for the World Cup, taking over reigning World Cup champion Spain (twice) and present European champion Germany in Madrid. Two second-half targets, one from midfielder Lauren Martinho and one by way of personal objective that was compelled after a header from defender Ella Emri boosted the U.S. to a 2-0 victory vs. Spain within the first match. Of their second showdown, the nations performed to a 1-1 draw. Ahead Emeri Adames scored halfway via the primary half, however Spain equalized with a ninetieth minute penalty kick. In opposition to Germany, Martinho teed up Emeri Adames for one more objective because the Texan netted the lone tally in a 1-0 victory. Following the August journey to Spain, the U-17 WYNT spent about two weeks coaching in Dubai earlier than touring to Bhubaneswar for its closing event preparations.



U-17 WYNT head coach Natalia Astrain has assembled a proficient, versatile 21-player roster for the World Cup in India. Gamers born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, are age-eligible for this World Cup. The USA roster contains gamers born throughout two completely different beginning years with 16 born in 2005 and 5 born in 2006. Eleven gamers might be 17 years previous at first of the World Cup and 10 might be 16.




GOALKEEPERS (3): Abigail Gundry (NC Braveness; Wake Forest, N.C.; 5), Victoria Safradin (Internationals SC; Eastlake, Ohio; 7), Valentina Amaral (Florida Kraze Crush; Oviedo, Fla.; 2)                     


DEFENDERS (6): Ella Emri (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 3/0), Nicola Fraser (Actual Colorado Nationwide; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 8/1), Jorydn Bugg (San Diego Surf; El Cajon, Calif.; 0/0), Savannah King (Slammers FC HB Koge; West Hills, Calif.; 9/0), Cameron Curler (Photo voltaic SC; Sherman, Texas; 8/1), Gisele Thompson (Complete Futbol Academy; Studio Metropolis, Calif.; 9/0)           


MIDFIELDERS (5): Mia Bhuta (Internationals SC; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10/2), Riley Jackson (Concorde Fireplace; Roswell, Ga.; 8/2), Charlotte Kohler (MVLA; Woodside, Calif.; 8/6), Lauren Martinho (NC Braveness; Cary, N.C.; 10/5), Ella Sanchez (Racing Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; 3/0)                                           


FORWARDS (7): Emeri Adames (Photo voltaic SC; Pink Oak, Texas; 3/2), Onyeka Gamero (Seaside FC; Cerritos, Calif.; 9/5), Nicollette Kiorpes (NEFC; Worcester, Mass.; 8/5), Melina Rebimbas (PDA; Warren, N.J.; 10/8), Samantha Smith (Boise Thorns FC; Boise, Idaho; 10/3), Taylor Suarez (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.; 9/2), Amalia Villarreal (Michigan Jaguars FC; Lansing, Mich.; 10/8)



  • After the 2020 FIFA U-17 WWC was canceled because of COVID-19, this would be the first World Cup for all gamers on the roster.
  • Fifteen of the 21 helped the USA win the Concacaf U-17 Girls’s Championship this spring.
  • The six gamers on the World Cup roster who weren’t part of the U.S. group at World Cup qualifying are goalkeeper Valentina Amaral, defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg, midfielder Ella Sanchez and forwards Emeri Adames and Samantha Smith.
  • Nineteen of the 21 gamers on the roster have been capped on the U-17 stage, led by midfielder Mia Bhuta, Melina Rebimbas and midfielder Lauren Martinho, who all have 10 caps. Bugg and Smith are uncapped.
  • The roster is made up of gamers from 17 completely different youth golf equipment and 13 completely different states. Defender Giselle Thompson performs in MLS Subsequent for the U-17 boys’ group at Complete Futbol Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Six gamers hail from California, 4 come from North Carolina and two are from Texas. Gamers additionally come from Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • The youth golf equipment who performed a number of gamers on the roster are the NC Braveness (3), San Diego Surf (2), Photo voltaic FC (2), and Internationals SC (2).
  • Of the 21 gamers on the roster, eight are at present highschool seniors, 10 are of their junior yr and two are sophomores. Bhuta has graduated from highschool and can enroll early at Stanford College in January.


Tuesday’s sport might be a special day for the U-17 WYNT because it faces event host India within the ceremonial opening match. A capability crowd of 12,000 is anticipated at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to see India’s first-ever match in a FIFA Girls’s World Cup competitors. The U-17 MYNT opened the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in opposition to India earlier than 46,000 followers in New Dehli and a equally raucous ambiance ought to be available Tuesday for the U-17 WWC grand opening.



The U-17 WYNT scored in bunches throughout its World Cup qualifying event this spring within the Dominican Republic and 13 of 18 area gamers have worldwide targets to their names. With eight profession targets every at this stage, forwards Melina Rebimbas and Amalia Villareal enter this World Cup because the USA’s main scorers.



Certainly one of three gamers will like put on the captain’s armband within the USA video games: as midfielders Mia Bhuta and Riley Jackson in addition to goalkeeper Victoria Safradin. The captaincy holds particular weight for Bhuta, whose father was born in Gujarat, India. He emigrated to the USA on the age of 16, the identical age as Mia might be on this World Cup as she co-captains the group. Safradin and Jackson took house the Golden Glove and the Golden Ball as the perfect goalkeeper and finest general participant, respectively, on the Concacaf U-17 Championship.



With the objective to make use of the World Cup platform to encourage women in India to dream massive and work arduous to realize these desires, Bhuta organized her teammates to gather gear to donate to native Indian feminine soccer gamers. Bhuta and her co-captains offered the gear — cleats, t-shirts and extra — to a bunch of younger Indian gamers on Monday following the USA’s Official Pre-Match Press Convention.



Contested each two years, the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup determines a champion for girls’s soccer on the Beneath-17 stage. The 2022 competitors is the primary event since 2018 after the 2020 U-17 WWC was canceled as a result of international COVID-19 pandemic.


Sixteen groups from across the globe have certified via regional competitors to earn their spots in India. The USA gained the 2022 Concacaf U-17 Girls’s Championship in emphatic vogue, whereas Canada and Mexico additionally certified from North America. Host India, in addition to China PR and Japan, will signify Asia, Morocco, Nigeria and Tanzania come from Africa, whereas France, Germany and Spain earned their berths via Europe. New Zealand punched its ticket from Oceania, whereas Brazil, Chile and Colombia clinched World Cup spots from South America. The 16 nations had been drawn into 4 teams of 4 groups. This yr’s event marks the debut for India in addition to Morocco and Tanzania, and is the primary look for all three nations’ in a FIFA WWC at any stage.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D














New Zealand

China PR





This yr marks a historic occasion for girls’s soccer as India hosts its first-ever FIFA ladies’s event. First staged in 2008 in New Zealand, this yr marks the seventh FIFA WWC at this age stage. It’s the second time that the event has been hosted in Asia, following the ground-breaking 2016 competitors in Jordan, the primary FIFA WWC held within the Center East.


“Kick Off the Dream” is the event’s official slogan, encapsulating the aspirational and empowering message of the event as FIFA goals to develop ladies’s soccer across the globe and use the event to encourage women of all ages in India and worldwide. Ibha, an anthropomorphic Asiatic lioness, is the official event mascot. Her title loosely interprets to “good imaginative and prescient and a sense of affection.”



After a protracted delay of Youth Nationwide Crew programming as a result of international COVID-19 pandemic, this U-17 Girls’s Youth Nationwide Crew performed its first-ever worldwide matches on the Concacaf U-17 Girls’s Championship this spring. The USA ran roughshod via the event, rattling off seven straight victories and outscoring its opponents 58-1.


The USA’s opening 20-0 victory in opposition to Grenada marked essentially the most targets scored and largest margin of victory ever for a U.S. group at a U-17 or U-20 Youth World Cup qualifying event, whereas ahead Amalia Villareal’s 5 targets vs. Puerto Rico within the second sport tied a document for many targets in a sport by any U.S. participant in Concacaf qualifying.


Within the semifinals, two targets from ahead Melina Rebimbas and one from ahead Onyeka Gamero clinched a 3-0 win in opposition to Canada and secured the USA’s World Cup ticket. Going through Mexico within the closing, midfielder Lauren Martinho opened the scoring earlier than Mexico equalized, setting the stage for a dramatic game-winner from Rebimbas within the 77th.



Led by future senior USWNT stars Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Kristie Mewis and Samantha Mewis, the USA completed runner-up on the inaugural 2008 event, its best-ever end. The U.S. was simply 14 minutes away from profitable the World Cup 1-0 earlier than Korea DPR equalized to ship issues to additional time after which rating a 113th-minute game-winner to take house the primary U-17 WWC title. Remarkably, the USA hasn’t made it out of the group stage since 2008. In 2012, regardless of drawing eventual finalists France and Korea DPR within the group stage, the USA grew to become the primary group to complete with 5 factors in pool play and never advance to the knockout spherical of a FIFA WWC.



Along with the quartet from 2008, a number of present full USWNT pool gamers have participated on this event. Midge Purce and Andi Sullivan represented the U.S. at Azerbaijan 2012, Naomi Girma, Jaelin Howell, Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith participated in Jordan 2016 and Trinity Rodman took the sphere at Uruguay 2018.



This would be the first World Cup as U.S. head coach for Natalia Astrain, who took over this system in November of 2021. Astrain joined U.S. Soccer after spending the 2021 Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League season with the Kansas Metropolis Present and brings a wealth of teaching expertise in each the skilled and youth ranks. In her native Spain, she served as head coach for FC Barcelona, Membership Damm, Membership Levante Las Planas and as an assistant with Atletico Madrid and the Spain Girls’s Nationwide Crew. She additionally frolicked as technical director of Barcelona’s ladies’s academy.



  • This marks the first-ever match between the U-17 WYNT and India and the primary assembly in a Girls’s World Cup between the international locations, however will probably be the second match between the USA and India in ladies’s soccer. The primary got here this yr, on June 25 in Helsingborg, Sweden, on the Girls’s U-23 Three-Nations Event, a 4-1 victory for the U.S., however solely after India scored first.
  • The USA and India additionally contested the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, the primary FIFA event held within the nation.
  • This yr marks India’s first participation within the U-17 WWC and first look in a WWC at any stage.
  • India performed a slate of three closing preparation matches in Spain earlier than touring to Bhubaneswar to kick off the event, dealing with Sweden, Andorra and the Girls’s Soccer College Barcelona.
  • Swedish head coach Thomas Dennerby has led the Indian U-17 squad since 2019. He additionally serves as head coach for India’s U-20 and senior Girls’s Nationwide Groups and beforehand led African ladies’s soccer energy Nigeria in addition to his native Sweden’s WNT.



GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Monalisha Moirangthem (Kryhpsa FC), 13-Melody Keisham (Younger Welfare Membership), 21-Anjali Munda (Jharkhand State Crew)

DEFENDERS (6): 4-Shiky Hemam (Younger Welfare Membership), 20-Kajal (HOPS FC), 2-Pumima Kumari (Jharkhand State Crew), 3-Naketa (ARA FC), 5-Astam Oraon (Jharkhand State Crew), 19-Varshika (HOPS FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Kajol Dsouza (Parikrma FC), 17-Nitu Linda (Jharkhand State Crew), 6-Babina Lisham (Companeroes SC), 12-Shelia Loktongbam (ICSA Irengbam), 15-Shailja (Hindustan FC), 16-Shubhangi Singh (Bhuj Kutch FC),

FORWARDS (6): 11-Anita Kumari (Jharkhand State Crew), 18-Rejiya Laishram (Younger Welfare Membership), 7-Neha (HOPS FC), 9-Lynda Serto (Younger Welfare Membership), 14-Sudha Tirkey (Jharkhand State Crew), 10-Lavanya Upadhyay (Signature FC)



  • Gamers born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, are age-eligible for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup.
  • This would be the first U-17 WWC to function the Video Assistant Referee, which was first used at a FIFA ladies’s occasion for the 2019 FIFA Girls’s World Cup in France after which once more on the 2020 Olympics ladies’s soccer event in Japan.
  • Two cautions acquired throughout two completely different matches will lead to suspension for the next match.
  • If a participant is shipped off because of a direct or oblique crimson card, she might be suspended for the next match.
  • Single yellow playing cards might be cleaned after the quarterfinal spherical.
  • Ought to groups be tied on factors on the finish of the group stage, the tiebreakers are as follows:

A. Aim distinction in all matches
B. Best variety of targets scored
C. If two or extra groups are nonetheless tied on the idea of the primary three standards, the rating might be decided as follows:
D. Best variety of factors obtained within the group matches between the groups involved
E. Aim distinction ensuing from the group matches between the groups involved
F. Best variety of targets scored in all group matches between the groups involved
G. FIFA Honest Play factors
H. Drawing of tons

  • On the finish of the event, FIFA will current a number of awards. The Golden, Silver and Bronze Boot might be awarded to the three gamers with the best numbers of targets scored, with variety of assists serving as a tiebreaker. 
  • The Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball might be awarded to the perfect gamers of the event. The FIFA Technical Research Group will choose a brief record after the semifinals.
  • The Golden Glove might be awarded to the highest goalkeeper within the event, as chosen by the FIFA Technical Research Group.
  • Within the knockout rounds, if matches are tied on the finish of regulation, half-hour of additional time might be performed adopted by penalty kicks if the match continues to be tied.
  • Kalinga Stadium, the venue for the USA’s opening match, has beforehand hosted quite a few excessive profile area hockey competitions, together with the 2018 Males’s FIH Hockey World Cup.

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