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Amman: Jordan will take on Spain in the Hashemite Kingdom’s first ever match in a FIFA women’s final tournament after Monday’s draw for the group stage of the 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup pitted the competition hosts against the 2014 runners-up.

A full house at the Amman International Stadium is expected for the historic match on September 30 when the Jordanians face the vastly experienced Spanish, who finished third at Trinidad & Tobago 2010 in their only other appearance in the U-17 Women’s World Cup finals.

After opening their Group A campaign against Spain, who have also won three of the six UEFA Women’s U-17 Championships they have contested, Jordan will take on 2014 quarter-finalists Mexico and then Oceania champions New Zealand, who have contested every edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup since hosting the inaugural tournament in 2008.

AFC U-16 Championship 2015 winners DPR Korea, the first-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup champions and runners-up in 2012, have been handed a tough draw having been pooled in Group C alongside Nigeria, quarter-finalists at the last three tournaments, 2016 South American Under 17 Women’s Championship runners-up Brazil, and England, semi-finalists at the inaugural tournament who are returning to the competition for the first time since New Zealand 2008.

Defending champions Japan, who won the 2014 edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup following a 2-0 victory over Spain in Costa Rica, begin the defence of their title against fellow tournament ever-presents Ghana before facing Paraguay and then 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship winners USA.
 

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup - Jordan 2016: Group Stage draw

Group A

A1    Jordan

A2    Spain

A3    Mexico

A4    New Zealand

30/09/16    Mexico v New Zealand    Amman International Stadium, Amman

30/09/16    Jordan v Spain               Amman International Stadium, Amman

03/10/16    Spain v New Zealand      Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

03/10/16    Jordan v Mexico             Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

07/10/16    New Zealand v Jordan    Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

07/10/16    Spain v Mexico                 King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

Group B

B1    Venezuela

B2    Germany

B3    Cameroon

B4    Canada

30/09/16    Venezuela v Germany     Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

30/09/16    Cameroon v Canada        Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

03/10/16    Venezuela v Cameroon    Amman International Stadium, Amman

03/10/16    Germany v Canada         Amman International Stadium, Amman

07/10/16    Canada v Venezuela        King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

07/10/16    Germany v Cameroon    Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

Group C

C1    Nigeria

C2    Brazil

C3    England

C4    DPR Korea

01/10/16    Nigeria v Brazil               King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

01/10/16    England v DPR Korea    King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

04/10/16    Nigeria v England            Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

04/10/16    Brazil v DPR Korea        Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

08/10/16    DPR Korea v Nigeria      Amman International Stadium, Amman

08/10/16    Brazil v England              Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

Group D

D1    USA

D2    Paraguay

D3    Ghana

D4    Japan

01/10/16    USA v Paraguay        Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

01/10/16    Ghana v Japan         Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa

04/10/16    USA v Ghana            King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

04/10/16    Paraguay v Japan     King Abdullah Stadium, Amman

08/10/16    Japan v USA             Amman International Stadium, Amman

08/10/16    Paraguay v Ghana     Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid

The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals, with matches held on October 12 at the Amman International Stadium and on October 13 at the Al Hassan Stadium in Irbid.

The victorious teams in the last eight advance to the semi-finals, both of which scheduled to take place on October 17 at the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman, with the final and third-place play-off taking place three days later as the action shifts back to the Amman International Stadium.

Photo: AFP