Youngest pair to compete includes AFC’s ‘Asian Player of the World Cup’
Casey Eugene Fair (PDA), who became the youngest player ever to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023, has been named one of the six Asian players who shone at the tournament by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The AFC announced the list on its website today (June 24), titled “Asian Players Who Shone at the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” highlighting the six players from each of the six AFC member nations (South Korea, Australia, China, Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan) that competed at the tournament.
Representing South Korea was Paer.
“Paer became the youngest player (16 years, 26 days) ever to make a World Cup appearance, male or female, when she came on as a 33rd-minute substitute in the first group game of the tournament against Colombia,” the AFC said.
“As captain Kim Hye-ri, Ji So-yeon, and Park Eun-sun enter the twilight of their careers, the teenager has proven at the Women’s World Cup that she will be a key player for the Korean women’s national team for years to come.”
Born to an American father and Korean mother, she is the first mixed-race player to play at a World Cup knockout stage for both the South Korean men’s and women’s national teams.
The 5-foot-9 forward plays for the U.S. soccer club’s Players Development Academy (PDA).
She started all three group stage games, including the first against Colombia, and has been touted as the future of Korean women’s soccer.
Hinata Miyazawa (Japan), 먹튀검증토토사이트 Wang Shuang (China), Mary Fowler (Australia), Tran Thi Kim Thanh (Vietnam), and Serena Bolden (Philippines) were selected by the AFC after winning the Golden Boot with five goals.