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2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India

The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, a multinational–international women’s youth football championship, was held in India from 11 October to 30 October 2022. It was the 7th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • The prestigious tournament was held in Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar), JLN Stadium (Margao, Goa) and DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai).
Host:

The 7th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament was hosted by India. It was the second time that India have been hosted a FIFA tournament, after the men’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. For the first time India hosted a FIFA women’s football tournament.

  • Morocco and Tanzania, along with host India, made their debuts in the tournament.
Mascot:

The official mascot for the tournament was “Ibha”.

Ibha is an Asiatic lioness, a lion subspecies that today survives in the wild only in India. The name Ibha means “one with good vision or judgement” in Khasi, a language spoken primarily in the state of Meghalaya.

According to FIFA, the mascot represents Nari Shakti (woman power) and is a “strong, playful and charming Asiatic lioness that aims to inspire and encourage women and girls by using teamwork, resilience, kindness and empowering others.”

Slogan:

The official slogan for the tournament was “Kick Off The Dream”.

VAR Technology:

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used for the first time in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

  • The VAR technology supports the decision-making process of the referee in four game-changing situations: goals and offences leading up to a goal, penalty decisions and offences leading up to a penalty, direct red card incidents, and mistaken identity.

The U-17 Women’s World Cup in India was the third FIFA women’s tournament to utilise VAR following the U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Final Match:

The final match was played on 30 October 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai between Colombia and Spain.

2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Winners:

Defending champions Spain won the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over first-time finalists Colombia. Spain won their first title in 2018.

  • Nigeria finished third in the tournament while Germany finished fourth.

7th FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Awards:

  • Golden Ball: Vicky López (Spain)
  • Silver Ball: Linda Caicedo (Colombia)
  • Bronze Ball: Mara Alber (Germany)
  • Golden Boot: Loreen Bender (Germany) (4 goals, 2 assists)
  • Silver Boot: Momoko Tanikawa  (Japan) (4 goals)
  • Bronze Boot: Linda Caicedo (Colombia) (4 goals)
  • Golden Glove: Sofía Fuente (Spain)
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Japan
About FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup:
  • The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is an international association football tournament for female players under the age of 17.
  • It is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
  • Since its inception in 2008, the tournament is held in even-numbered years.
Source: FIFA

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