For some, this will be the last hoorah, the final chance to play at a Women’s World Cup. But for others this experience on the world’s biggest stage — they hope — will be the first of many. Four standout players from youth World Cups will be getting their feet wet on the biggest stage — all while being born after 2000.
Klara Buehl, Germany
Klara Buehl, born in December 2000, has excellent pace and will hold off even the most experienced defenders with her strength. She’s a true No. 9, always positioned high on the backline looking to get in behind. Her understanding of movement to get separation in the final third will ensure she finds time and space in front of goal.
Jun Endo, Japan
Jun Endo has already demonstrated how dangerous she can be in front of goal at youth level. With qualities similar to some of the best, Endo always find a way to face forward and put pressure on defending players. In the final third, her technical ability to keep the ball and create for her teammates is second to none.
Jordyn Huitema, Canada
Jordyn Huitema is a tall and pacey forward with the ability to be a threat in multiple ways. After breaking into the senior women’s side this year at only 18, she is the future of Canadian soccer. Her size gives her dominance in the air, while her pace to get in behind causes back lines to stay honest.
Alexandra Takounda, Cameroon
Alexandra Takounda had her senior team debut this May this year in a World Cup warm-up game against Spain. Takounda has a street football background and that shows. Her technical flair and willingness to solve pressure in an unorthodox way just brings the fun back to the game.
Elidh Thomson is a soccer performance analyst and an assistant coach for the University of Virginia women’s soccer team. All opinions are her own and not necessarily that of The Equalizer, nor the University of Virginia.
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