FIFA Women's World Cup

Appeal of women's soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan

The U-17 Women's World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that the sport "is not only confined to some parts of the world," FIFA's president said after watching North Korea win the title in a 5-4 penalty shootout against Japan.

The competition, which ended late Friday, marked the first time an international women's soccer tournament was held in the Middle East.

FIFA's Gianni Infantino said more needs to be done to develop soccer in a region where women aren't typically encouraged to take up sports.

"That's why it was important to have this U-17 World Cup here," the head of world soccer's governing body told reporters after the title match.