2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship
2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship
The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship was held in Russia from 17 August to 3 September 2006. It was the officially recognized world championship for women's under-20 national association football teams. Matches were held in four Moscow stadiums (Dynamo, Lokomotiv, Podmoskovie Stadium and Torpedo Stadium) and one in Saint Petersburg (Petrovsky Stadium).
This was the third women's world youth championship organized by FIFA, but the first with an age limit of 20. The first two events, held in Canada in 2002 and Thailand in 2004, had an age limit of 19. FIFA changed the age limit to prepare for the creation of an under-17 championship in 2008.
North Korea won the tournament. They became the first Asian team to win a FIFA women's tournament and the first Asian football team to win any FIFA tournaments since Saudi Arabia's triumph in the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship.
The draw for the tournament was held in Moscow's City Hall on 22 March 2006. 14 of the 16 competing teams (the two CAF teams were then still undecided) learned their first-round groupings.
The 16 participating U-20 women's teams from the six FIFA confederations are:
|Confederation (Continent)||Qualifying Tournament||Qualifier(s)|
|AFC (Asia)||2006 AFC U-19 Women's Championship||China PR|
|CAF (Africa)||2006 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament||Nigeria|
|CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean)||2006 CONCACAF Under 19 Women's Qualifying Tournament||United States|
|CONMEBOL (South America)||2006 South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship||Brazil|
|OFC (Oceania)||2004 OFC Under-19 Women's Qualifying Tournament||New Zealand1|
|UEFA (Europe)||2005 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship||France|
All times local (UTC+4)
3rd Place Playoff
|2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Winners|
All star team
- 5 goals
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- 4 goals
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- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goals
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This was the first time an Australian football team has played in a worldwide competition as an Asian Football Confederation team. However, the country's senior men's team was the first to play as an AFC team, competing in its first 2007 Asian Cup qualifier in February 2006, two months before the AFC qualifiers for this competition. Before 1 January 2006, Australia was a member of the Oceania Football Confederation.
This was the first U-20 Women's tournament in which a Canadian has not won the Golden Shoe award, given to the top goal scorer of the tournament. Canadians Christine Sinclair and Brittany Timko won the award in 2002 and 2004 respectively.