CHICAGO (May 5, 2022) – The US U-20 women’s national youth team meets Ghana, the Netherlands and Japan in Group D at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022, to be held in Costa Rica from 10-28 August. The final drawing for the competition took place today at the National Theater in San Jose, Costa Rica.
USA open the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Ghana on Thursday 11 August, meet the Netherlands on Sunday 14 August and end the group stage against Japan on Wednesday 17 August. The USA plays first and third group game at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica and its second group game at Estadio Nacional in San Jose.
“We can’t wait to take on the challenge of a World Cup,” said US U-20 WYNT head coach Tracey Kevins In Japan against the reigning champions, in the Netherlands against a rising European power and in Ghana against an ever-threatening African side Playing represents an incredible opportunity for our players. We expect excellence from our women’s national team program and we prepare every day until August 11 to deliver our best performance in Costa Rica.”
FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2022 GROUP D SCHEDULE
The USA qualified for the World Cup with their victory seventh Concacaf women’s U-20 championship in a dominant way this March with seven wins in a row and a goal difference of 49:0. The USA is one of four nations to participate in all 10 editions of the U-20 Women’s World Cup, winning what is the most-ever World Cup for this age group in 2002, 2008 and 2012.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 will feature 16 countries divided into four groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group advance to the Quarterfinals on Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday 25th August while the World Cup finals are scheduled for Sunday 28th August.
Should the USA advance to the Quarterfinals, they would face a team from Group C.
The US was drawn from Pot 2, which also contained Nigeria, Spain and Mexico. Teams were sorted into pots based on a ranking determined by success at the last five FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, with more weight given to more recent tournament results, as well as performance in confederation qualifiers.
Costa Rica 2022 is the 10th overall World Championship for this age group. The first two were staged as the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup before the competition moved to the under-20 level for the 2006 tournament and took on its current name in 2008. A number of current USWNT players have the FIFA U-20th Women’s World Cup as a stepping stone to the senior side. From the 2018 US U-20 WWC team, Emily Fox, Naomi Girma, Jaelin Howell, Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith made their full USWNT debuts.
Japan is a historic powerhouse in women’s youth and the only nation to have won FIFA Women’s World Cups at the senior, U-20 and U-17 levels. Japan are the reigning women’s U-20 world champions and this is the third consecutive tournament pitting the USA and Japan against each other. The USA lost 1-0 in the group stage in 2018 and in the third-place play-off in 2016.
The Netherlands are making only their second appearance at the U-20 World Cup following their debut at the 2018 competition.
Ghana have met USA in three of their last five appearances at the U-20 Women’s World Cup, with USA posting a 1-0-2 record. The U-20 WYNT’s lone win, a 4-0 win, kickstarted the USA’s run to the 2012 World Cup in Japan, while a 1-1 group stage draw in Papua New Guinea in 2016 saw the USA narrowly qualify for the 2016 World Cup helped quarterfinals.