Should there be an apostrophe in girls in the expression “Girls Under 12 Champions”

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    Where do you think an apostrophe would be necessary? Depending on context, there might be one in champions but without context it's impossible to tell. – oerkelens Sep 15 '18 at 16:35
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    I’d be more concerned about the missing hyphen than the missing apostrophe. – J.R. Sep 15 '18 at 18:43
  • It would be a guess without more context or providing the source. – user3169 Sep 16 '18 at 5:38

You could use an apostrophe, but I notice the capital letters. This means that this is a proper noun phrase, and for proper nouns, the apostrophe is sometimes omitted, especially when the noun is plural.

So this isn't necessarily an error.

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  • It is also relevant that 'Girls Under 12' is a category, usually for girls who, on a particular day, are more than 10 but less than 12. Similar categories exist for 'Girls Under 14' and 'Girls Under 16', etc. If an apostrophe were used, it would need to be added after '12', not after 'Girls', so you would end up with 'Girls Under 12's Champions', which is slightly cumbersome to say. – James Sep 15 '18 at 17:00
  • It is quite common to see "Women's Under 18 Championship" (eg) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IIHF_World_Women%27s_U18_Championships So placing the apostrophe after "Girls" is not inappropriate – James K Sep 15 '18 at 19:11

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