FIFA U-20 World Cup
The FIFA under 20 World Cup takes place every two years. The 2019 edition is the 22nd and will take place in Poland – who beat India’s bid – between May 23rd and 15th June. England are the defending champions. The English beat Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea two years ago but failed to qualify for Poland. Six venues have been chosen for the 2019 tournament with capacities ranging between approximately 15,000 to 20,000.
Twenty three teams from six confederation have qualified and with the hosts’ automatic qualification will play in six groups of four. The qualification process is via the following tournaments. The player eligibility for Poland 2019 is for those born between January 1 1999 to December 31 2003.
Asia: AFC U-19 Championship (4 teams allocation)
Africa: African Youth Championship (4 teams)
North America: CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (4 teams)
South America: South American Youth Championship (4 teams)
Europe: UEFA European U-19 Championship (5 teams + hosts)
Oceania: OFC Under 20 Qualifying Tournament (2 teams)
The top two of each group plus the four best third placed teams will qualify for the second round. Argentina have won the tournament 6 times followed by Brazil, Portugal and Serbia with 5, 2 and 2 wins respectively.
The draw was made in February 2019 and the groups are as follows: