SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – CONCACAF’s three representatives at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup discovered their group stage opposition during the Final Draw at the Antigua Aduana on Tuesday evening.
The ceremony was conducted by Tatjana Haenni, FIFA deputy director of women’s competitions, and she was assisted by Costa Rica men’s national team player Yeltsin Tejeda, singer Tamela Hedstrom, former Ticos standout Mauricio Montero and Costa Rican women’s soccer pioneer Marianela Valverde. Additionally, the proceedings were aided by women’s national team player Shirley Cruz, who recently finished third in the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year Award vote.
Host Costa Rica is in Group A and will contest the tournament’s opening match against Venezuela on March 15. Italy and Zambia round out the quartet.
CONCACAF champion winner Mexico joins Colombia, China and Nigeria, in Group D.
In Group B, perennial powerhouse Canada will take on Ghana, Korea DPR and European champion Germany.
The competition will take place March 15-April 4 in four Costa Rican cities – Alajuela, Liberia, San Jose and Tibas.
A CONCACAF member association will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for a second occasion in four all-time editions and first since Trinidad & Tobago did so in 2010.
Complete draw results:
Group A: Costa Rica, Venezuela, Italy, Zambia
Group B: Ghana, Korea DPR, Germany, Canada
Group C: New Zealand, Paraguay, Spain, Japan
Group D: Mexico, Colombia, China, Nigeria
CONCACAF – 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup Schedule (all times ET)
A: Costa Rica vs. Venezuela, 10 p.m., San Jose
B: Germany vs. Canada, 10 p.m., Liberia
D: Mexico vs. Colombia, 4 p.m., Alajuela
A: Costa Rica vs. Italy, 10 p.m., San Jose
B: Korea DPR vs. Canada, 10 p.m., Liberia
D: Mexico vs. China, 7 p.m., Alajuela
A: Costa Rica vs. Zambia, 10 p.m., Tibas
B: Ghana vs. Canada, 7 p.m., Tibas
D: Nigeria vs. Mexico, 10 p.m., San Jose