An American becomes the youngest to debut in the Women’s World Cup — for South Korea

An American 16-year-old girl named Casey Phair has become the youngest player to ever compete in the Women’s World Cup, representing South Korea.

Breaking records: On Tuesday, during South Korea’s opening match against Colombia, Casey Phair made her debut, becoming the youngest player ever in the Women’s World Cup.
* Now 16 years and 26 days old, she surpassed the previous record set by Ifeanyi Chiejine who was 16 years and 34 days when she represented Nigeria in 1999.
* However, South Korea lost the match to Colombia, with a final score of 2-0.

Phair’s background: The New Jersey-born forward is the daughter of an American father and South Korean mother, making her the first mixed-race and dual-national player on a South Korean senior national soccer team, male or female.
* South Korea coach Colin Bell commented about Phair, saying, “Casey is going not as a passenger but as a valuable member of the squad.”

In the bigger context: The recent Women’s World Cup has seen other young players too. Giulia Dragoni, who was born on Nov. 7, 2006, played against Morocco for Italy when she was 16 years and 236 days old.

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