Focus turns to 2024 U-20 World Cup as New Zealand celebrates qualification

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Having won the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship, New Zealand coach Leon Birnie is already thinking ahead to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Beating Fiji 7-0 in the OFC tournament final means New Zealand gains automatic qualification to the World Cup to be held in Colombia from September 5-22, 2024.

Birnie said there were still opportunities for players not at the Fiji tournament to get into next year’s World Cup squad.

“We’re going to continue our scouting,” Birnie said in a pitchside interview after Saturday’s final.

“There’s players that aren’t here that have got every chance of coming to that World Cup.

“We’ve got a camp in October, a number of ID opportunities across the next 12 months as we … build towards the World Cup in Colombia.”

New Zealand has become the fifth team to qualify for the 16-team World Cup tournament.

Others already qualified are Colombia (hosts), Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Four European qualifiers will be determined in late July through the UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship, while four teams from Asia and two from Africa will not be known till qualifying tournaments next March.


Game played on Saturday July 8, 2023


New Zealand 7 (Manaia Elliott 13′, 30′, Ella McCann 40′, Ruby Nathan 52′, 66′, Charlotte Mortlock ’75, Emma Pijnenburg 78′ pen)
Fiji 0

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