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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Uruguay 2018 marks Finland’s first-ever appearance at a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The road to Uruguay
The debutantes’ journey to South America can be summed up in just a few words: they came, they saw, they conquered. Finland stormed to third place at their first UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship to secure their ticket to Uruguay 2018. The Finns began their inaugural European campaign with defeat at the hands of Germany before beating hosts Lithuania and the Netherlands. They ultimately triumphed over England in the match for third place to qualify for their first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The coach
Marko Saloranta has been in charge of the U-16 and U-17 national teams since January 2011. Born in 1972, the Finn received his coaching license in 2005 and managed women’s side FC Honka between November 2005 and October 2010. Saloranta led the team to their first championship title in the Naisten Liiga in 2006 to qualify for the UEFA Women’s Cup. Honka successfully defended their title for the next two seasons before finishing second behind Aland United in 2009.

The stat
11 - Finland played a total of 11 matches during European qualifiers on the road to Uruguay, winning six, losing two (to Germany and Spain) and drawing three.