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Who are the youngest and the oldest players to play in the Women’s World Cup 2023?

Who will be the oldest and youngest player among the 726 registered for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand?

Christine Sinclair

With only three days until the start of the Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, this year’s tournament will feature 32 national teams and a total of 726 female players ready to showcase their skills on the field.

Among the 726 players, we will see prominent women’s soccer stars and lesser-known players who aim to make their mark on soccer history.

Regarding the age record holders, two players hold records for the youngest and oldest participants in the Women’s World Cup. Ifeanyi Chiejine debuted at 16 and 34, while Formiga, the oldest player, joined the Brazil team at 41 and 112 days old in 2019, making history as the only soccer player to join seven FIFA World Cups.

The youngest and the oldest players at the Women’s World Cup 2023

The oldest

Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Nigeria Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi are both 40 years old. However, Ebi is one month and four days older than Sinclair. Sinclair will play in her sixth World Cup since 2003, along with Nigeria’s captain Onome Ebi.

In addition, three Football Ferns players, including co-captains Ria Percival and Ali Riley, Annalie Longo, Brazil superstar Marta, and Sweden’s Caroline Seger, are attending their fifth World Cup. Since her debut 23 years ago, in 2000, Christine Sinclair has made 323 appearances for Canada, a world record in the world of soccer.

The youngest

Casey Phair, a talented striker hailing from the United States but representing South Korea, has become the youngest player at the tournament, having recently celebrated her 16th birthday on June 29. Born in 2007, Phair arrived in this world while soccer icons such as Marta, Christine Sinclair, and Caroline Seger were gearing up for the legendary World Cup showdown in China.

Her youth and skill have captured global attention while playing at the US-based Players Development Academy. Suppose the Korea Republic coach and former Manchester City player Colin Bell decides to put Phair in the first two group-stage matches. In that case, the young Korean can become the youngest player in the tournament’s history, beating Ifeanyi Chiejine’s record by mere two days.