While Korea may have clinched the 2016 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup on penalties over Japan, it is Jordan that has also come out of it as winners for its organisation and the welcome it provided to the footballing world.
There has been widespread praise in the way the Kingdom hosted the event which attracted 16 nations from six continents.
An intensive programme of work went into ensuring Jordan was ready, with four stadiums in Amman, Irbid and Zarqa completely revamped not to mention the upgrading of training facilities across northern Jordan ensuring a strong legacy for the game here.
It wasn’t the goal fest final we hoped for, with the match finishing goalless and Korea winning 5-4 from spot kicks, but the tournament will love long in the memory for Jordanians with women’s football benefiting as whole.
Quick facts from the tournament:
104 goals scored in total at an average of 3.25 per match
Number of spectators
104,095 in total at an average of 3,253 per game
adidas Golden Boot: Lorena Navarro (ESP) (8 goals)
adidas Silver Boot: Ri Hae-Yon (PRK) (5 goals – one assist)
adidas Bronze Boot: Deyna Castellanos (VEN) (5 goals)
adidas Golden Ball: Fuka Nagano (JPN)
adidas Silver Ball: Sung Hyang-Sim (PRK)
adidas Bronze Ball: Deyna Castellanos (VEN)
adidas Golden Glove: Noelia Ramos (ESP)
Fair Play trophy: Japan