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Meet the youngest player in World Cup history

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On Monday, a teen from the United States achieved a remarkable sporting feat that changed the course of history. The youngest athlete to play in a World Cup soccer match was Casey Phair, a high school student from New Jersey. Phair, who just turned sixteen a little over a month ago, has already accomplished more than some athletes hope to in their lifetimes.

Phair has spent her whole life honing her soccer skills, frequently missing out on what some might consider typical childhood experiences. She played for South Korea against Colombia on Monday, and it showed how committed she was. Despite the fact that her team lost, she left the field with a type of personal victory that is extremely rare.

Who is Casey Phair?

When the teenage sensation was just one month old, she immigrated to America. According to NJ.com, her mother is Korean and her father, Shane, is American. She is from the town of Warren and was almost finished with her first year at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge when she got the chance to go to a South Korean World Cup training camp in June.

How did Phair join the South Korean World Cup team?

She was given the chance to train with the American and South Korean women’s national teams after scoring 25 goals in 15 games during her first year of high school. Later, she made the decision to join the South Korean team.

Phair scored five goals in two games for the South Korea U-17 team after joining the squad to compete in the Asian Cup qualifiers. She was quickly promoted to the senior team after her outstanding performance, and she ultimately made the World Cup roster, becoming the first player of mixed heritage to do so in the team’s history.

What did Casey Phair just accomplish?

Phair not only broke the record for female athletes, she also holds the record for being the youngest World Cup player. Phair, who first took the field on Monday, was only 16 years old and 26 days, according to NJ.com.

Ifeanyi Chiejine of Nigeria held the previous record for the youngest women’s World Cup player at the age of 16 years and 34 days in a 1999 match.

Norman Whiteside, who represented Northern Ireland and was 17 years and 41 days old, holds the record for men. He was the youngest player to participate in a men’s World Cup game in 1982.

Phair celebrated her 16th birthday with her teammates, who were mostly women in their late twenties and early thirties. They presented her with a cake and sang to her in both Korean and English.

Even though South Korea’s match against Colombia ended in a 2-0 loss, history was still made. Without a doubt, Phair and her family will never forget that day.


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