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Casey Phair of South Korea, who is 16 years old and 26 days, becomes the youngest player in the history of the World Cup

<p>Players remained loose around the goal during South Korea’s Women’s World Cup first match against Colombia on Tuesday. One player separated himself from the group at the start of the 78th minute. At 16 years and 26 days old, Casey Phair entered the game and made history as the youngest player to participate in either the women’s or men’s World Cup.</p>
<p>Phair, who was reared in America and has an American father and a South Korean mother, said, “Going on, I was really, really nervous.” It was frightening at first, but as we continued to move about, I believe it became more normal. The previous holder of the record was the late Ifeanyi Chiejine, who represented Nigeria in the 1999 Women’s World Cup at the age of 16 years, 34 days.<img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” class=”alignnone wp-image-94468″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1086″ height=”608″ srcset=” 300w,×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1086px) 100vw, 1086px” /></p>
<p>Phair played 17 minutes in the 2-0 defeat for South Korea and was often in close proximity to the ball, vying with Colombian players for control whenever possible.</p>
<p>Collin Bell, the head coach of South Korea, said that “she deserved the chance to play.” She trained really well, on par with anybody. To offer her that experience, I wanted to put her on. When the Taegeuk Ladies play Morocco on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia, Phair’s next opportunity to play will be.</p>
<p>Phair, who was born on June 29, 2007, is the first male or female player of mixed ancestry to play for a senior national team of South Korea.</p>
<p>Phair expressed her pride and happiness at becoming the first mixed-gender player for the Korean Federation. “I really value the chance you gave me today,” Phair is not the only rising talent competing in the Women’s World Cup this year. Despite the fact that both of the two 16-year-old athletes were born in 2008, they are both on tournament teams. Sheika Scott came in as a substitute for Costa Rica in its 3-0 defeat to Spain on Friday, while Giulia Dragoni began for Italy, donning the No. 16, in its 1-0 victory over Argentina on Monday.</p>
<p>There are 39 adolescents playing for the 32 teams in the Women’s World Cup, including four extra players.</p>
<p>One is Colombian teenager Linda Caicedo, 18, who made her World Cup debut on Tuesday and scored her maiden goal in the 39th minute to win player of the match. She has scored the youngest goal thus far in the Australia and New Zealand competition.</p>
<p>Phair had to contend with the crowd’s overt support for Colombia as she made her mark on history.</p>
<p>Phair said, “Warming up, I believe it was very loud.” Being my first time playing, “I really enjoyed that and I’m hoping to get used to it.”</p>

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