USA Draws Paraguay, Ghana and Japan in 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
USA Will Play First Group Match in Al Zarqa and Second and Third Games in Amman
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will face Paraguay, Ghana and Japan in Group D at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, taking place at four stadiums in Jordan from Sept. 30-Oct. 21. The Final Draw took place today at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Jordan’s capital city of Amman.
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.
The U.S. plays its first Group D match against Paraguay on Oct. 1 at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa (4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET) before facing Ghana on Oct. 4 at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman (4 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET). The USA will finish group play on Oct. 8 against Japan at Amman International Stadium (7 p.m. local / Noon ET).
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.
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):
2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Fixtures
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