FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Two-time and defending world champions Korea DPR enter the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as one of the competition’s most successful nations. Only USA, with three titles, have lifted the trophy on more occasions. Despite missing out on the first two editions in 2002 and 2004, Korea DPR took their debut campaign at Russia 2006 by storm by being crowned champions with a stunning 5-0 defeat of China PR in the final. They have since made it to the knockout stage in each of the past five tournaments. They notably recaptured the global title at Papua New Guinea 2016 following an imperious campaign which concluded with a 3-1 final victory against 2018 hosts France.
The road to France
Korea DPR were highly impressive qualifying for France 2018. In fact, they proved unstoppable in the group stage of the eight-nation Asian qualifying tournament where they won all three matches in style, scoring 13 times without conceding a single goal. A comfortable 3-0 semi-final victory against Australia sealed their passage to France 2018, although they lost to Japan by a solitary goal in the ensuing tournament final.
A FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup winner in 2016, Hwang Yong-Bong took charge of Korea DPR for a third world finals in this age category when he succeeded German coach Thomas Gerstner, who led the Young Chollima through Asia’s qualifying campaign for France 2018. Hwang’s first global finals experience came at the U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012, where Korea DPR lost on penalties to France in the final. The 49-year-old’s first U-20 Women’s World Cup campaign was at Canada 2014, where Korea DPR finished in fourth place. They would have more joy two years later, as Hwang’s side lifted their second title in this competition in Papua New Guinea.
1 - The number of goals Korea DPR conceded during their entire qualifying campaign.