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Spain or Mexico: what units every crew aside?

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018 (FIFA.com) 29 Nov 2018 © Getty Images The trophy is freshly polished and the Estadio Charrua is ready for...


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018

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The trophy is freshly polished and the Estadio Charrua is ready for the final showdown. Sixteen teams travelled to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and now just two remain. Spain and Mexico will battle it out for the title on Saturday – but how did they get this far and what makes them potential world champions? FIFA.com gives three reasons why both teams have propelled themselves to the top two steps of the podium.

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Three players – Catalina Coll, Eva Navarro and Claudia Pina – have already played at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 in Jordan and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France this year. Their considerable experience means coach Toña Is will entrust them with the task of leading their team. Having lifted the trophy at this summer’s UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship, they now have their sights set on global success. The players will be thinking their time has come and will be full of confidence heading into the decider.

Ability to control the game
Spain are capable of dictating play at will. The team have been comfortable in possession throughout the tournament and are happy to pass the ball effortlessly among themselves, often relegating their opponents to the role of spectators in the process. The Europeans play with energy and enthusiasm, with a varied and attractive attacking style that can deliver pace down both wings and through the middle. The players’ flexibility and technical ability make it impossible to work out where their next attack is coming from.

Prolific goalscoring
The statistics speak for themselves. Spain have already scored 13 goals at this tournament from 100 shots – more than any other team in Uruguay. As well as strikers Claudia Pina, Eva Navarro and Salma Paralluelo, midfield playmaker Irene Lopez has already scored three times, most recently with a stunning strike against New Zealand in the semi-final. Yet this goalscoring threat also comes with remarkable defensive stability. Spain have conceded just two goals in the tournament so far, demonstrating how effectively their attack and defence work together.

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Big-game mentality
“I prefer to play against strong opponents who are quick and have similar skills to us,” said Nicole Perez after arriving in Uruguay. Mexico have certainly shown that they can up their game and deliver their very best performances when it matters. After a disappointing 0-0 draw in their opening game against South Africa, the team beat Brazil and drew with Japan to reach the knockout stages.

Giving up is not an option for Mexico – their belief in themselves and their own abilities is much too high for that. Head coach Monica Vergara’s side fell behind twice in their quarter-final against Ghana, only to equalise twice and eventually win on penalties. As well as having a positive mental attitude, Mexico also have Perez and Alison Gonzalez in their ranks – two technically-adept players capable of shooting with power and making the difference in a game at any time.

Relaxed attitude
Mexico have never reached the semi-finals of a U-17 Women’s World Cup before, let alone reached the final. Simply reaching the decider is already a huge success for coach Vergara’s side, placing all the pressure of winning the title squarely on Spain’s shoulders. This creates an impressive sense of calm in a Mexico squad who see each other not just as team-mates but as family. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain – and in a final that poses such a formidable mental challenge, that is no bad thing.

Draw units out the challenges at Buenos Aires 2018

  • ​Dominican Republic-Cameroon and Spain-Bolivia open the ladies’s match
  • Panama-Iraq and Costa Rica-Brazil to kick off the lads’s
  • Each tournaments get beneath manner on 7 October

The auditorium of the Argentinian capital’s Metropolis Corridor supplied the setting for the official draw for the lads’s and girls’s Youth Olympic Futsal Tournaments Buenos Aires 2018 on Friday, with the 20 groups participating within the two competitions discovering out who they are going to be going through within the group phases.

The draw ceremony was carried out by Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Tournaments, and Marion Mayer-Vorfelder, Head of FIFA’s Olympic Soccer Match Group. Additionally participating had been Roberto Ayala, the previous captain of Argentina’s males’s nationwide soccer group, and Argentina girls’s futsal worldwide Sol Dominguez.

The 2 competitions will kick off on 7 October, with the ladies’s coming to an finish on 17 October and the lads’s a day later.

Males’s match group draw

Ladies’s match group draw

What they mentioned
“It’s incredible that girls’s futsal is part of these Video games, particularly because it’s an U-18 match. It truly is the longer term and it couldn’t be higher when it comes to growing the self-discipline. The game has loved a growth in Argentina and all over the world, although it does take longer for it to earn correct recognition. I’m shocked by among the groups.”
Sol Dominguez, Argentina girls’s futsal worldwide

“It’s important that the game retains rising and that these Video games give it a lift. The work that’s gone on behind the scenes for thus a few years is paying off now. That is additionally a check for Argentina, to show that it may host extra occasions like this sooner or later and that it may carry a smile to folks’s faces.”
Roberto Ayala

“It’s actually vital for nationwide futsal groups to be participating within the Youth Olympic Video games, and it’s a very worthwhile expertise for Argentina. We’ve simply received the lads’s Futsal World Cup and we’re attaining plenty of progress because of a really aggressive league that performs a giant position in our nation. These Video games are essential when it comes to management of the game too, and it’s additionally important that girls’s futsal is represented too. We now have an exquisite alternative and now we have to take pleasure in it and benefit from it.”
Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentinian Soccer Affiliation

“We now have a terrific alternative: to work with FIFA and our nationwide federation to showcase futsal, which is rising so quick all over the world. Argentina is internet hosting its first Olympic Video games in 43 days’ time and it’s an event that has a lot to supply for the nation.”
Leandro Larrosa, CEO Buenos Aires 2018

The lowdown
Buenos Aires 2018 would be the third Youth Olympic Video games (YOG), after Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014, however the first to characteristic futsal. On the two earlier YOGs, FIFA was represented by soccer.

That is the primary time that Buenos Aires will host an Olympic occasion. The boys’s and girls’s futsal competitions will probably be staged at two venues within the Argentinian capital: the Futsal Most important Stadium (Tecnopolis) and the CeNARD.

Within the girls’s match the primary video games on the match schedule are Dominican Republic-Cameroon and Spain-Bolivia, whereas the lads’s match opens up with Panama-Iraq and Costa Rica-Brazil.

Draw units out path to Uruguay 2018 glory 

  • ​Hosts Uruguay face Ghana in opening sport
  • Event debutants Finland in Uruguay’s group
  • All three certified groups from CONCACAF decided by 12 June

The street to the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 reached an vital milestone on Wednesday, because the Official Draw was held within the Auditorium on the House of FIFA, in Zurich.

Affirmation of teams

  • Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland
  • Group B: CONCACAF 1, South Africa, Brazil, Japan
  • Group C: CONCACAF three, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany
  • Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, CONCACAF 2, Colombia

*CONCACAF qualifiers will end on 12 June

Fixtures to get the guts racing
On 13 November in Montevideo, host nation Uruguay will tackle Ghana within the opening sport. Additionally that day, New Zealand will lock horns with match debutants Finland in the identical part.

Defending champions Korea DPR, in the meantime, will open up towards Germany in Colonia.

Elsewhere, 2014 runners-up Spain will begin off versus Korea Republic in Montevideo on 14 November.

Who was there
The occasion was attended by Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Girls’s Soccer Officer, and Rafael Fernandez, president of the Native Organising Committee.

Conducting proceedings have been Bareman with Jaime Yarza, FIFA’s Head of Tournaments. Each have been assisted by official match ambassador Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela) and FIFA Legend Niko Kranjcar (Croatia).

Among the many nationwide group coaches of the collaborating groups have been Marko Solaranta (Finland), Anouschka Bernhard (Germany) and María Antonia Is Piñeira (Spain).

What they stated
“Stars like Carli Lloyd, Lieke Martens and Deyna Castellanos all emerged from the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup. At this time we’re tracing a path for the following technology of footballers that may shine on the worldwide stage. And it’s a technology that may, I’m certain, proceed to put in writing the story of the expansion and improvement of ladies’s soccer,” Bareman stated.

“Girls’s soccer has grown quite a bit in Uruguay,” Fernandez stated. “The tradition is altering and the inclusion of ladies has come on leaps and bounds, however there’s nonetheless some method to go. We’re assured that this match will mark a turning level, giving new impetus to the standing of ladies inside soccer.”

“To the gamers that may compete in Uruguay I’d inform them the match can change their lives prefer it modified mine, they usually shouldn’t be afraid to point out all their expertise,” Castellanos stated.

“From the private viewpoint, the worth of this match is the chums you make in contained in the group,” Kranjcar stated. “Then, these women will compete towards the most effective gamers of their age group on the earth. There is no such thing as a higher preparation for the skilled profession than that.”

Ticket gross sales

  • Tickets will go on sale on Monday 13 August, with a primary part reserved completely for VISA cardholders.

  • Followers with U-17 Girls’s World Cup tickets in Uruguay will have the ability to watch two video games in the identical stadium on the identical day.

  • For extra info on ticket phases and pricing, please go to the ‘Ticketing’ part of this micro-site.