First, a little U-20 Women’s World Cup history. The United States Women’s National Team haven’t won since 2012 and they’ve won three times overall (2002, 2008). Germany is the only other nation with three wins and North Korea is the only other to win at all (two titles). The event has only existed since 2002 when it was the U-19 World Cup but in 2006 it was bumped up to its current age limit.
With the rights of women slowly improving around the world, so too is the quality of soccer being played by women in various countries. So while the United States are always one of the favorites, it’s very likely they have a hard road ahead. In 2016, they finished fourth. They’ll be looking for redemption this year.
How to Watch/Stream: FS1, FS2 or Fox Soccer Plus // Fox Sports GO
All matches are aired on television in the US on either Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2) or Fox Soccer Plus. If you want the broadcast in Spanish it’s on NBC Universo. Or if you prefer to watch on the computer, you can watch on Fox Sports GO.
The games are staged in France in preparation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup where the senior United States team will look to defend their title.
The tournament runs from August 5th through August 24th. There are 16 teams spread across four groups. The top two teams advance out of each group. The US have been drawn into Group C along with Japan, Paraguay and Spain. The United States are one of just four teams to appear in every edition of the tournament along with Germany, Brazil and Nigeria. Paraguay are in their 2nd, Spain are in their 3rd and Japan are in their 6th.
The tiebreakers for the group stage will be goal differential first then number of goals scored second. After that it goes to points between tied teams, goal differential between the tied teams, goals scored in matches between tied teams, then the dreaded fair play points. Each of the four teams will play each other once to determine who has the most points before going to any tiebreakers.
Group C U20 World Cup Schedule
|DATE||MATCH||TIME (CT) / CHANNEL|
|DATE||MATCH||TIME (CT) / CHANNEL|
|Aug. 6||United States vs. Japan||12:30 p.m./ FS2|
|Aug. 6||Paraguay vs. Spain||09:30 a.m./ FS2|
|Aug. 9||United States vs. Paraguay||12:30 p.m./ FS2|
|Aug. 9||Spain vs. Japan||09:30 a.m./ FS2|
|Aug. 13||Spain vs. United States||06:30 a.m./ FS2|
|Aug. 13||Japan vs. Paraguay||06:30 a.m./ FOX Soccer Plus|
We’ll update this schedule if (when?) the United States women advance beyond the group stage.
2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (College/Club; Hometown; U-20 Caps/Goals) — Courtesy of USsoccer.com
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (Michigan; Laguna Beach, Calif.; 0/0), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 12/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 10/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va., 32/3), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.; 17/0), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.; 11/1), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.; 22/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 19/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 16/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 36/5), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 26/2), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 22/3), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 12/2), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 23/1)
FORWARDS (6): Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.; 4/2), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.; 9/3), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 24/6), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 33/11), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.; 3/0), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 25/21)