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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018

Haiti

Haiti v China PR: Group D - FIFA U-20 Women's  World Cup France 2018 - Haiti pose for a team photo
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FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup record 
In securing a berth for France 2018, Haiti not only qualified for a first-ever Women's World Cup at any level, they also became the first Caribbean nation to do so thanks to third-place finish at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. Though Trinidad and Tobago featured at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2010, they competed as hosts.

The road to France 
In their three previous appearances at the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, Haiti had never advanced beyond the group stage. That all changed at Trinidad and Tobago 2018, as a pair of 3-2 victories over the tournament hosts and Costa Rica saw Les Grenadieres earn a semi-final berth as runners-up in Group A. Though they fell on penalties to USA in the semis, the Caribbean side avenged a 4-0 defeat to Canada in their final group game by knocking off the favoured North Americans 1-0 in the match for third place, with Sherly Jeudy scoring the winning goal in the first half to claim an historic qualification.

The coach
In his second spell with the Haitian national team coaching staff, Frenchman Marc Collat’s first role was overseeing the country’s men’s national team. Born in Martinique, Collat was a defender at French amateur level before embarking on a coaching career that has included roles with Paris Saint-Germain and Algerian club USM Alger. Before his involvement with Haiti, Collat’s experience in international football included coaching stints with Qatar's U-20 side and Mauritius.

The stat
4 – The number of goals that Haiti’s influential captain Nerilia Mondesir scored at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. The striker, who plays her club football for Montpellier in France, finished one goal behind the competition’s Golden Boot winner, Canada's Jordyn Huitema.