U-17 WWC: USA to face Paraguay, Ghana and Japan

The draw for the Jordan-hosted 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup (Sept. 30-Oct. 21) took place on Sunday in Amman and placed the USA into Group D with Paraguay, Ghana and defending champion Japan.

“We feel that our group will be a tremendous challenge for us,” said U.S. coach B.J. Snow. “There are three very distinct teams in our group that all play the game with their own flair and unique style.”

After finishing runner-up at the inaugural U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, the USA failed to qualify in 2010, exited in the first round of the 2012 World Cup -- albeit without losing a game -- and failed to qualify in 2014.

2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup
Group A
Jordan, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand
Group B
Venezuela, Germany, Cameroon, Canada
Group C
Nigeria, Brazil, England, North Korea
Group D
USA, Paraguay, Ghana, Japan

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Paraguay, which qualified as the third-place finisher in South American qualifying, reached the last two U-17 World Cups and exited in group play. Japan has qualified for all four previous U-17 World Cups, won the title in 2014, and finished runner-up in 2010. Ghana reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and finished third in 2012.

“Japan has been at the forefront of youth development on the women’s side, continues to be the gold standard at our level and will enter the tournament as a favorite to repeat as champions,” said Snow. "Ghana is an extraordinary difficult team to play and prepare for with a history of performing well in the past editions of this tournament. They breezed through qualifying and look to have a team that will enter the tournament with a ton of confidence.

“Paraguay offers its own unique challenges and proved in their qualifying that they have some attacking power as evidenced by the fact they scored the second highest goal tally in their region.”

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