Casey Phair, a US citizen, broke the record for being the tournament’s youngest player ever in the Women’s World Cup just 26 days after turning 16.

Despite the squad ultimately losing 2-0 to Colombia, the gifted attacker played for South Korea and entered as a substitute in the 78th minute of the encounter in Sydney. Phair’s accomplishment eclipsed the prior mark held by Ifeanyi Chiejine of Nigeria, who was 16 years and 34 days old in 1999 when the Women’s World Cup took place.

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Who is Casey Phair?

Casey Yu-Jin Phair, born June 29, 2007, is a South Korean professional association footballer who currently resides in the United States. She is the first multiracial footballer to be named to South Korea’s women’s national squad.

She became the youngest player ever to feature in a FIFA Women’s World Cup when she entered South Korea’s game against Colombia in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 25, 2023, at the age of 16 years and 26 days.

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She was born in South Korea to a South Korean father and an American mother. When she was one month old, her family relocated to the United States. She resides in Warren Township, New Jersey, where she plays soccer for the Pingry School and trains at the Players Development Academy (PDA).

Phair was a member of South Korea’s under-17 team before being called up to the senior team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. She scored two goals against Tajikistan’s women’s national under-17 football team and three goals against Hong Kong to assist the under-17 squad qualify for the 2024 AFC U-17 Women’s Asian Cup.

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Phair made history at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup when, at the age of 16 years and 26 days, she entered as a substitute in South Korea’s opening match against Colombia. Ifeanyi Chiejine had already held the honor.