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Casey Phair Becomes Youngest Player in Women’s World Cup History, Representing South Korea

Date: July 25, 2023

Creating a remarkable milestone in Women’s World Cup history, US-born Casey Phair has achieved the distinction of being the youngest-ever player to grace the prestigious tournament’s field. Celebrating her 16th birthday just 26 days prior, Phair made her historic appearance as a forward for South Korea.

During the Group H match against Colombia in Sydney, Phair entered the game as a substitute in the 78th minute. While South Korea experienced a 2-0 loss, her presence on the field surpassed the previous record set by Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Chiejine in the 1999 Women’s World Cup, establishing Phair as the youngest-ever player in the tournament’s history.

Notably, this match also witnessed the creation of another remarkable record in Women’s World Cup history. The age difference between Phair and her South Korean teammate, goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi, stood at an impressive 22 years and 256 days, marking the biggest age gap between teammates in the tournament.

Phair’s selection for South Korea’s World Cup squad holds particular significance as she becomes the first player of mixed heritage to represent the country. Coach Colin Bell highlighted the importance of safeguarding the young talent from undue public scrutiny following her inclusion in the team.

As the tournament progresses, all eyes are on South Korea’s upcoming match against Morocco in Adelaide on Sunday. Phair’s outstanding performance has garnered attention from football enthusiasts worldwide, adding to the diversity and talent showcased in the Women’s World Cup.

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