Japan top-seeded, South Korea U17s in second pot…but avoid Argentina, Germany

The South Korea U17 national team, led by Byun Sung-hwan, has been drawn into Port 2 at the FIFA U17 World Cup 2023. The team will not be drawn in the same group as Argentina and England.

FIFA confirmed and announced the ports of the 24 teams in the tournament on Thursday. The hosts were automatically top-seeded, while the other 23 teams were awarded points based on their last five tournaments.

Based on this, the teams will be drawn into six groups with one team from ports 1-4 in each group, and then the four best performing teams from groups 1, 2, and 3 will advance to the round of 16, where the tournament will crown a winner.

South Korea, which reached the round of 16 at the 2015 tournament and the quarterfinals at the 2019 tournament, earned 13.2 points and was placed in Port 2. This allowed them to avoid the likes of Argentina, England, and Germany, who are also in Port 2.

Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, and Japan were placed in Port 1 alongside INNY. Japan’s entry into Port 1 was a disappointment for South Korea.

The aforementioned five points are awarded to the team that finishes first in the continental qualifiers for the last five tournaments, and Japan’s 3-0 win over Korea in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U17 Asian Cup final was the difference. 메이저놀이터

If South Korea had beaten Japan, they would have earned 18.2 points and been the top seed.

In addition, Iran, the United States, New Zealand, Senegal, Uzbekistan, and Morocco were drawn in Port 3, while Canada, New Caledonia, Panama, Burkina Faso, Poland, and Venezuela were drawn in Port 4.

The group draw will take place in Jakarta in August, and the tournament will run from Nov. 10 to Dec. 2.

After a disappointing loss in the final of the Asian Cup, Byun Sung-hwan said, “We want to make up for our shortcomings and do better at the World Cup,” and is looking forward to a bigger stage.

Defender Kang Min-woo (Ulsan Hyundai Go) also said, “We forgot about the loss against Korea. We want to make a bigger mess at the World Cup.”

South Korea’s previous best results at the tournament were the quarterfinals in Nigeria in 2009 and Brazil in 2019.

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