United States women's national under-17 soccer team

United States under-17
Nickname(s) Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach B. J. Snow
First colors
Second colors
CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship
Appearances 5 (first in 2008)
Best result Winners  : (2008, 2012 2016)
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2008)
Best result Runners-up  : (2008)

The United States U-17 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior national team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in which the United States team finished runners-up to tournament champions North Korea. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The current head coach B. J. Snow was hired in January 2013; the first time a full-time coach is in charge of this team.[1]



The women's U-17 program was started in 2002 and was initially focused on developing players for the U-19 team. The U-17s played their first matches in November 2002, including a 3–0 victory over Scotland. Through 2003, the U-17s went undefeated in international matches, defeating youth teams from Canada and Germany, and repeated that feat in 2004. In 2005, however, the U-17s suffered defeats in matches against the Canadian and Mexican youth teams.

In 2006, the U-17s competed against various youth teams from Argentina and Germany, including a loss to Argentina's senior team.[2]


In February 2007, FIFA began organizing for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand.[3] In preparation for the tournament, the U-17s posted a 9–1–0 record, defeating U-17 teams from Germany and Uruguay and U-19 teams from Denmark, England and Argentina.[2]

In 2008, the U-17s compiled a record of 19–3–2 and 11–2–1 in international matches, winning the CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago on July 26, 2008, defeating Costa Rica 4–1.[4]

At the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the United States lost their opening match to Japan. They scraped through the opening rounds of play with a draw against France, and advanced through the tournament to the final, where they lost in overtime to North Korea. Taylor Vancil was named the best goalkeeper at the tournament.[5] Out of the 13 goals that the USA had at the tournament, only three players actually scored them: Vicki DiMartino (5), Courtney Verloo (4), and Kristen Mewis (2). The other two goals were own goals by Paraguay and North Korea.[6]


The U-17s were favored to win the 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship held in Costa Rica, winning their group and scoring 32 goals. However, they suffered a stunning loss to Canada in the semifinals, on a penalty shootout. This loss prevented the United States from qualifying to the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the first time in history that a United States women's national soccer team has not advanced out of their region to a Women's World Cup.


In 2011, Albertin Montoya took over the U-17 squad, intent on developing a more possession style of play. The team started out the cycle slow against powerhouses Germany and Japan, going 1–1–2 in a set of friendlies, but eventually found their form and dominated the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship, outscoring their opposition 26–0 on their way to winning the tournament and qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Summer Green set a record with 12 goals, the most by an American player during any CONCACAF qualifying tournament.[7]

However, the World Cup would not be kind to the Americans, as despite not losing a match, they would not make it out of their group. A series of draws between the US, eventual runners-up France, and North Korea meant that the two teams to advance would be decided by total goal differential against the fourth team in the group, Gambia. The USA's 6–0 win turned out not to be enough when North Korea sat deep in their own half to protect a draw, knowing they had scored 11 goals on Gambia, and France, knowing it was on the brink of elimination, pressed the outmatched Gambians to score 6 times in the final 20 minutes to turn a 4–2 match in the 70th minute into a 10–2 rout.


In 2013, B. J. Snow took over the U-17 squad for the 2014 World Cup Cycle. The cycle started out with great hope and expectations, but in a manner almost identical to 4 years before, the USA saw itself unable to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup when they lost in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship to Mexico in a penalty shootout despite having only given up one goal in the entire tournament.

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
New Zealand 2008Runners-up63121310
Trinidad and Tobago 2010Did not qualify
Azerbaijan 2012Group stage312071
Costa Rica 2014Did not qualify
Jordan 2016Group stage310296

CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 2008Champions 5 5 0 0 292
Costa Rica 2010Third place5410380
Guatemala 2012Champions5500260
Jamaica 2013Third place5410261
Grenada 2016Champions5500182


Roster for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[8]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Laurel Ivory (1999-08-28)28 August 1999 (aged 17) United States West Florida Flames
2 3MF Jordan Canniff (2001-07-27)27 July 2001 (aged 15) United States Richmond United
3 4FW Sophia Smith (2000-08-10)10 August 2000 (aged 16) United States Real Colorado
4 2DF Naomi Girma (2000-06-14)14 June 2000 (aged 16) United States Central Valley Crossfire
5 2DF Karina Rodriguez (1999-03-02)2 March 1999 (aged 17) United States So Cal Blues SC
6 2DF Emily Smith (1999-02-10)10 February 1999 (aged 17) United States De Anza Force
7 3MF Alexa Spaanstra (2000-02-01)1 February 2000 (aged 16) United States Michigan Hawks
8 3MF Briana Pinto (2000-05-24)24 May 2000 (aged 16) United States CASL Elite
9 2DF Kiara Pickett (1999-04-30)30 April 1999 (aged 17) United States Eagles SC
10 4FW Ashley Sanchez (1999-03-16)16 March 1999 (aged 17) United States So Cal Blues SC
11 2DF Kate Wiesner (2001-02-11)11 February 2001 (aged 15) United States Slammers FC
12 1GK Meagan McCelland (2000-08-05)5 August 2000 (aged 16) United States PDA
13 2DF Isabel Rodriguez (1999-04-13)13 April 1999 (aged 17) United States Michigan Hawks
14 4FW Civana Kuhlmann (1999-04-14)14 April 1999 (aged 17) United States Colorado Rush
15 2DF Kennedy Wesley (2001-03-08)8 March 2001 (aged 15) United States So Cal Blues SC
16 3MF Sydney Zandi (1999-05-28)28 May 1999 (aged 17) United States Penn Fusion
17 3MF Lia Godfrey (2001-11-08)8 November 2001 (aged 14) United States Jacksonville Armada
18 3MF Jaelin Howell (1999-11-21)21 November 1999 (aged 16) United States Real Colorado
19 4FW Adrienne Richardson (1999-01-22)22 January 1999 (aged 17) United States Minnesota Thunder
20 3MF Frankie Tagliaferri (1999-01-18)18 January 1999 (aged 17) United States PDA
21 1GK Hillary Beall (1999-01-27)27 January 1999 (aged 17) United States So Cal Blues SC

Previous rosters

2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2012 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship
2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup[9]
2013 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship[10]
2016 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship[11]



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