South Korea is set to play France and the U.S. in the November U-17 World Cup soccer tournament, which will be held in the same group.
The South Korean under-17 men’s national soccer team has been drawn in the same group as France and the United States at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) U-17 World Cup in November.
The draw was held on Friday and South Korea will play in Group E alongside France, Burkina Faso, and the United States.
This year’s U-17 World Cup will be held in Indonesia from Nov. 10 to Dec. 2.
South Korea will open the tournament on Nov. 12 against the United States, followed by France and Burkina Faso three days later.
The games will be played in Jakarta against the United States and France, and Bandung against Burkina Faso.
“We had a training camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in August, and we will play the first and second games in Jakarta,” said Byun Sung-hwan, head coach of the U-17 national team. “We will focus on the first game against the United States and prepare thoroughly to pass the group stage.”
“We want to have a tournament with no regrets so that all members of the team can feel happy at the end of the tournament,” said Byun Sung-hwan, who has been training at the National Training Center (NFC) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, for 16 days.
Established in 1985, the U-17 World Cup is a biennial tournament, now in its 19th edition.
The last edition was originally scheduled to take place in 2021, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, making this year’s edition the first in four years since 2019.
The 2019 edition was won by host Brazil, followed by Mexico in second place and France in third.
South Korea was also drawn in a group with France at the 2019 tournament and finished second in the group (2 wins, 1 loss) behind France (3 wins), advancing to the round of 16, where they beat Angola 1-0 in the round of 16, but lost to Mexico 0-1 in the quarterfinals.
South Korea’s best result at the tournament is a quarterfinal appearance on three occasions, in 1987, 2009 and 2019.
The South Korean U-17s finished runners-up at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-17 Asian Cup in Thailand in July and qualified for the World Cup.
The top two teams in each group and the best four finishers in the group will advance to the knockout stages, 먹튀검증토토사이트 starting with the round of 16.