FIFA U-17 World Cup

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FIFA U-17 World Cup
Founded1985;34 years ago (1985)
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams24
Current championsFlag of England.svg  England (1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (5 titles)
Website U-17 World Cup
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The FIFA U-17 World Cup, founded as the FIFA U-16 World Championship, later changed to its current name in 2007, is the world championship of association football for male players under the age of 17 organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.

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History

The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a competition that was inspired by the Lion City Cup that was created by the Football Association of Singapore in 1977. The Lion City Cup was the first under-16 football tournament in the world. Following FIFA's then secretary-general Sepp Blatter's recommendation after he was in Singapore for the 1982 Lion City Cup, FIFA created the FIFA U-16 World Championship. [1]

The Lion City Cup, is an annual international association football competition organized by the Football Association of Singapore, contested by the Under-16 soccer teams. It was founded in 1977 as the only Under-16 soccer tournament in the world. It helped in the creation of a FIFA U-16 World Championship in China in 1985 at FIFA's request.

Football Association of Singapore

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is the governing body of football in Singapore. It was founded as the Singapore Amateur Football Association in 1892, which lays claim to being the oldest Football Association in Asia. The football association underwent a name change to its current name on 13 January 1966.

Sepp Blatter 8th President of the International Federation of Association Football

Joseph "Sepp" Blatter is a Swiss football administrator who was the eighth President of the FIFA from 1998 to 2015. He is currently on a six-year ban from participating in FIFA activities.

The first edition was staged in 1985 in China, [2] and tournaments have been played every two years since then. It began as a competition for players under the age of 16 with the age limit raised to 17 from the 1991 edition onwards. The most recent tournament was hosted by India, for the first time, in 2017, which became the most attended in the history of the tournament, with the total attendance of the FIFA U-17 World Cup reaching 1,347,133. [3]

The 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship, the first edition of the tournament, was held in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Dalian in People's Republic of China from July 31, 1985, to August 11, 1985. Players born after August 1, 1968, can participate in this tournament. The total attendance for the tournament was a record 1,230,976 but in 2017 India U-17 World cup surpassed this with a record attendance of 1,347,133.

China State in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

India Country in South Asia

India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, with five titles and three runners up. Brazil is the second-most successful with three titles and two runners-up. Ghana and Mexico have won the tournament twice.

The Golden Eaglets are Nigeria's national under-17 football team.

The Brazil national under-17 football team, also known as Brazil Under-17s or Seleção Sub-17, represents Brazil in association football, at an under-17 age level and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation, the governing body for football in Brazil. Their head coach is Carlos Amadeu.

Ghana national under-17 football team sports team

The Ghana national U-17 football team known as the Black Starlets, is the youngest team that represents Ghana in football. They are two-time FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions in 1991 and 1995 and a two-time Runner-up in 1993 and 1997. Ghana has participated in nine of the 17 World Cup events starting with their first in Scotland 1989 through dominating the competition in the 1990s where at one time they qualified for 4 consecutive World Cup finals in Italy 1991, Japan 1993, Ecuador 1995 and Egypt 1997 to their most recent participation in South Korea 2007 where they lost in the World Cup Semi-finals 1-2 to Spain in extra time.

A corresponding tournament for female players, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, began in 2008, with North Korea winning the inaugural tournament.

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament for female players under the age of 17. It is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The tournament is held in even-numbered years, starting in 2008.

2008 FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup

The 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is the first ever women's football U-17 World Cup in FIFA history. It was held in New Zealand from 28 October to 16 November 2008. It is the officially recognized world championship for women's under-17 national football teams. This was the first women's world youth championship organized by FIFA with the age limit of 17.

North Korea womens national football team womens national football team representing North Korea

The North Korea women's national football team represents North Korea in international women's football. North Korea won the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2001, 2003, and 2008.

Structure

Each tournament consists of a group phase, in which four teams play against one another and standings in the group table decide which teams advance, followed by a knockout phase of successive matches where the winning team advances through the competition and the losing team is eliminated. This continues until two teams remain to contest the final, which decides the tournament winner. The losing semi-finalists also contest a match to decide third place.

From 1985 to 2005 there were 16 teams in the competition, divided into four groups of four teams each in the group phase. Each team played the others in its group and the group winner and runner up qualified for the knockout phase. From 2007 the tournament was expanded to 24 teams, divided into six groups of four teams each. The top 2 places in each group plus the four best third-placed teams advanced to the knockout phase.

Competition matches are played in two 45-minute halves (i.e., 90 minutes in total). In the knockout phase, until the 2011 tournament, if tied at the end of 90 minutes an additional 30 minutes of extra time were played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if still tied. Starting with the 2011 tournament, the extra time period was eliminated to avoid player burnout, and all knockout games progress straight to penalties if tied at the end of 90 minutes.

2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the fourteenth tournament of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the eleventh played since the change in age limits from under 16s to Under 17s in 1991. It was held in Mexico with games being played amongst various venues between 18 June and 10 July 2011. Mexico won the Cup, being the first team to achieve it as hosts defeating Uruguay 2–0 and managing their second title in the category.

Qualification

The host nation of each tournament qualifies automatically. The remaining teams qualify through competitions organised by the six regional confederations. For the first edition of the tournament in 1985, all of the teams from Europe plus Bolivia appeared by invitation of FIFA.

ConfederationChampionship
AFC (Asia) AFC U-16 Championship
CAF (Africa) African Under-17 Championship
CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
CONMEBOL (South America) South American Under-17 Football Championship
OFC (Oceania) OFC U-17 Championship
UEFA (Europe) UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship

Results

Summaries

Under-16

FIFA U-16 World Championship

#YearHostsFinalThird place matchNumber of teams
ChampionsScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth place
11985
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2–0Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
4–1Flag of Guinea.svg
Guinea
16
21987
Details
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
1–1( a.e.t. )
4–2( p )
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
2–1( a.e.t. )Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
16
31989
Details
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Saudi Arabia
2–2( a.e.t. )
5–4( p )
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
3–0Flag of Bahrain (1972-2002).svg
Bahrain
16

Under-17

FIFA U-17 World Championship

#YearHostsFinalThird place matchNumber of teams
ChampionsScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth place
41991
Details
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
1–0Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
1–1( a.e.t. )
4–1( p )
Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
16
51993
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2–1Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
Flag of Chile.svg
Chile
1–1( a.e.t. )
4–2( p )
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
16
61995
Details
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
3–2Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
2–0Flag of Oman.svg
Oman
16
71997
Details
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2–1Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
2–1Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
16
81999
Details
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
0–0( a.e.t. )
8–7( p )
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
2–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
16
92001
Details
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Flag of France.svg
France
3–0Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg
Burkina Faso
2–0Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
16
102003
Details
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
1–0Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
1–1( a.e.t. )
5–4( p )
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
16
112005
Details
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
3–0Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
2–1Flag of Turkey.svg
Turkey
16

FIFA U-17 World Cup

#YearHostsFinalThird place matchNumber of teams
ChampionsScoreRunners-upThird placeScoreFourth place
122007
Details
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
0–0( a.e.t. )
3–0( p )
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2–1Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
24
132009
Details
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
1–0Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
1–0Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
24
142011
Details
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
2–0Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
4–3Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
24
152013
Details
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  UAE Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
3–0Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
4–1Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
24
162015
Details
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2–0Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
3–2Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
24
172017
Details
Flag of India.svg  India Flag of England.svg
England
5–2Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2–0Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
24
182019
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Note 1
24

Notes:

  • Note 1: Original hosts Peru were stripped of the right to host the 2019 event in February 2019. [4] It has been proposed to be hosted by Brazil between 2 and 24 November 2019. [5]
  • a.e.t. - after extra time
  • (p) - match won on penalty shootout

Performances by countries

RankTeamTitlesRunners-upThird PlaceFourth PlaceMedals
1Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 5 (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015)3 (1987, 2001, 2009)8
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3 (1997, 1999, 2003)2 (1995, 2005)2 (1985, 2017)1 (2011)7
3Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2 (1991, 1995)2 (1993, 1997)1 (1999)1 (2007)5
4Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2 (2005, 2011)1 (2013)1 (2015)3
5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1 (1987)1
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1 (1989)1
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (2001)1
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1 (2009)1
Flag of England.svg  England 1 (2017)1
10Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4 (1991, 2003, 2007, 2017)2 (1997, 2009)6
11Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (1985)2 (2007, 2011)1 (1997)3
12Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 1 (2015)1 (2017)1
13Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 (1989)1
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 (1999)1
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1 (2011)1
16Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 3 (1991, 1995, 2003)2 (2001, 2013)3
17Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 1 (1987)1
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1 (1989)1
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1 (1993)1
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 1 (2001)1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1 (2005)1
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1 (2013)1
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 (2015)1
24Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2 (2003, 2009)
25Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 1 (1985)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1 (1987)
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1 (1989)
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1 (1991)
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1 (1993)
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 1 (1995)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1 (1999)
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1 (2005)

Performances by continental zones

Map of the best results for each country Best results of countries in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.png
Map of the best results for each country

Africa is the most successful continental zone with 7 tournament wins (5 for Nigeria, 2 for Ghana) and 6 times as runner up. Notably the 1993 final was contested by two African teams, when the final has been contested by two teams from the same confederation. The African teams repeated the 1993 final with Mali replacing Ghana (Disqualified for age violation) in 2015 when Nigeria and Mali made it to the last two standing and Nigeria got their fifth win.

South America has 3 tournament wins and has been runner up three times. Additionally Argentina has finished in third place on 3 occasions, Chile has done so on one occasion and Colombia has finished in fourth place twice, but neither of the latter two have ever appeared in the final.

Europe has 4 tournaments wins (1 each for France, USSR, Switzerland and England) and has been runner up 6 times. Spain has been runner up on 4 occasions. Additionally Portugal and Netherlands have won third-place medals in 1989 and 2005 respectively.

The CONCACAF zone has 2 tournament wins (for Mexico in 2005 and 2011), this confederation has reached the final three times (with Mexico).

Asia has 1 tournament win (for Saudi Arabia in 1989), the only time that a team from this confederation has reached the final and the only time an Asian team won a FIFA tournament in male category. ( Australia was runner up in 1999 but at that time was in the Oceania Football Confederation).

Oceania has no tournament wins and 1 occasion as runner up (for Australia in 1999). Australia has since moved to the Asian confederation.

This tournament is peculiar in that the majority of titles have gone to teams from outside the strongest regional confederations (CONMEBOL and UEFA). Of the fifteen editions held so far, nine (60 percent of the total) have been won by teams from North and Central America, Africa and Asia.

Confederation (continent)Performances
WinnersRunners-upThirdFourth
CAF (Africa) 7 times: Nigeria (5), Ghana (2)6 times: Nigeria (3), Ghana (2), Mali (1)3 times: Ghana (1), Ivory Coast (1), Burkina Faso (1)3 times: Ghana (1), Guinea (1), Mali (1)
UEFA (Europe) 4 times: France (1), Soviet Union (1), Switzerland (1), England (1)6 times: Spain (4), Germany (1), Scotland (1)8 times: Germany (2), Spain (2), Belgium (1), Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), Sweden (1)4 times: Germany (1), Italy (1), Poland (1), Turkey (1)
CONMEBOL (South America) 3 times: Brazil (3)3 times: Brazil (2), Uruguay (1)6 times: Argentina (3), Brazil (2), Chile (1)5 times: Brazil (1), Argentina (2), Colombia (2)
CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) 2 times: Mexico (2)1 time: Mexico (1)None2 times: Mexico (1), United States (1)
AFC (Asia) 1 time: Saudi Arabia (1)NoneNone3 times: Bahrain (1), Qatar (1), Oman (1)
OFC (Oceania) None1 time: Australia (1)NoneNone

Awards

At every tournament three awards are presented:

TournamentGolden BallGolden BootGoalsGolden GlovesFair Play
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1985 China Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg William Flag of Germany.svg Marcel Witeczek 8Not AwardedFlag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1987 Canada Flag of Nigeria.svg Philip Osundu Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Moussa Traoré 5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Scotland.svg 1989 Scotland Flag of Scotland.svg James Will Flag of Guinea.svg Fode Camara 3Flag of Bahrain (1972-2002).svg  Bahrain
Flag of Italy.svg 1991 Italy Flag of Ghana.svg Nii Lamptey Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg Adriano 4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1993 Japan Flag of Ghana.svg Daniel Addo Flag of Nigeria.svg Wilson Oruma 6Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1995 Ecuador Flag of Oman.svg Mohamed Kathiri Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Allsopp 5Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Flag of Egypt.svg 1997 Egypt Flag of Spain.svg Sergio Santamaría Flag of Spain.svg David 7Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1999 New Zealand Flag of the United States.svg Landon Donovan Flag of Ghana.svg Ishmael Addo 7Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg 2001 Trinidad and Tobago Flag of France.svg Florent Sinama Pongolle Flag of France.svg Florent Sinama Pongolle 9Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of Finland.svg 2003 Finland Flag of Spain.svg Cesc Fàbregas Flag of Spain.svg Cesc Fàbregas 5Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Flag of Peru.svg 2005 Peru Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Flag of Mexico.svg Carlos Vela 5Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg 2007 South Korea Flag of Germany.svg Toni Kroos Flag of Nigeria.svg Macauley Chrisantus 7Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2009 Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg Sani Emmanuel Flag of Spain.svg Borja 5 Flag of Switzerland.svg Benjamin Siegrist Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of Mexico.svg 2011 Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg Julio Gómez Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Souleymane Coulibaly 9 Flag of Uruguay.svg Jonathan Cubero Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2013 United Arab Emirates Flag of Nigeria.svg Kelechi Iheanacho Flag of Sweden.svg Valmir Berisha 7 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dele Alampasu Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Chile Flag of Nigeria.svg Kelechi Nwakali Flag of Nigeria.svg Victor Osimhen 10 Flag of Mali.svg Samuel Diarra Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
Flag of India.svg 2017 India Flag of England.svg Phil Foden Flag of England.svg Rhian Brewster 8 Flag of Brazil.svg Gabriel BrazãoFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

Records and statistics

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