South Korean Casey Phair (16) is the youngest ever player at the Women’s World Cup despite losing to Colombia

Casey Phair. — © AP

South Korean striker Casey Phair, barely 16 years and 26 days old, can call herself the youngest player in history to participate in a Women’s World Cup from Tuesday, after a substitute against Colombia in Sydney (2-0 loss).


Born in the United States to an American father and a South Korean mother, Phair came into action in the 78th minute at Sydney Football Stadium. She could not prevent her team from losing 2-0 to the Colombians on the first match day in Group H.

The South Korean knocks the Nigerian Ifeanyi Chiejine off the tables. She was 16 years and 34 days old when she made her World Cup debut in 1999 but died – tragically but true – already in the summer of 2019 at the age of 36.

Phair played for the United States at youth level before choosing South Korea for this ‘Down Under’ World Cup.

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