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FIFA U-17 World Cup
Founded 1985
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 24
Current champions  Switzerland
Most successful team  Nigeria
 Brazil
(3 titles each)
Website FIFA.com/U17WorldCup
Soccerball current event.svg 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup

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

The first edition was staged in 1985 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 Nigeria and was won by Switzerland. It has been announced that the next edition will be played in Mexico in 2011.

Brazil and Nigeria are the most successful nations in the tournament's history, with three wins each. Ghana has won the tournament twice.

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

Contents

Structure

Each tournament consists of a group phase, where 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 (ie 90 minutes in total). In the knockout phase, if the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes an additional 30 minutes of extra time is played. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time, a penalty shoot-out is used to decide the match winner.

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.

Confederation Championship
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 Under 17 Qualifying Tournament
UEFA (Europe) UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship

Results

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Summaries

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1985
Details
 China
Nigeria
2–0
West Germany

Brazil
4–1
Guinea
1987
Details
 Canada
Soviet Union
1–1 a.e.t.
(4–2 PSO)

Nigeria

Côte d'Ivoire
2–1 a.e.t.
Italy
1989
Details
 Scotland
Saudi Arabia
2–2 a.e.t.
(5–4 PSO)

Scotland

Portugal
3–0
Bahrain
1991
Details
 Italy
Ghana
1–0
Spain

Argentina
1–1 a.e.t.
(4–1 PSO)

Qatar
1993
Details
 Japan
Nigeria
2–1
Ghana

Chile
1–1 a.e.t.
(4–2 PSO)

Poland
1995
Details
 Ecuador
Ghana
3–2
Brazil

Argentina
2–0
Oman
1997
Details
 Egypt
Brazil
2–1
Ghana

Spain
2–1
Germany
1999
Details
 New Zealand
Brazil
0–0 a.e.t.
(8–7 PSO)

Australia

Ghana
2–0
United States
2001
Details
 Trinidad and Tobago
France
3–0
Nigeria

Burkina Faso
2–0
Argentina
2003
Details
 Finland
Brazil
1–0
Spain

Argentina
1–1 a.e.t.
(5–4 PSO)

Colombia
2005
Details
 Peru
Mexico
3–0
Brazil

Netherlands
2–1
Turkey
2007
Details
 South Korea
Nigeria
0–0 a.e.t.
(3–0 PSO)

Spain

Germany
2–1
Ghana
2009
Details
 Nigeria
Switzerland
1–0
Nigeria

Spain
1–0
Colombia
2011
Details
 Mexico
  • Key:
    • aet - after extra time
    • PSO- match won on penalty shootout

Performances by countries

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Nigeria 3 (1985, 1993, 2007) 3 (1987, 2001, 2009)
 Brazil 3 (1997, 1999, 2003) 2 (1995, 2005) 1 (1985)
 Ghana 2 (1991, 1995) 2 (1993, 1997) 1 (1999) 1 (2007)
 Switzerland 1 (2009)
 Mexico 1 (2005)
 France 1 (2001)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (1989)
 Soviet Union 1 (1987)
 Spain 3 (1991, 2003, 2007) 2 (1997, 2009)
 Germany 1 (1985) 1 (2007) 1 (1997)
 Scotland 1 (1989)
 Australia 1 (1999)
 Argentina 3 (1991, 1995, 2003) 1 (2001)
 Côte d'Ivoire 1 (1987)
 Portugal 1 (1989)
 Chile 1 (1993)
 Burkina Faso 1 (2001)
 Netherlands 1 (2005)
 Colombia 2 (2003, 2009)
 Turkey 1 (2005)
 Oman 1 (1995)
 Poland 1 (1993)
 Qatar 1 (1991)
 Italy 1 (1987)
 United States 1 (1999)

Performances by continental zones

Africa is the most successful continental zone with 5 tournament wins (3 for Nigeria, 2 for Ghana) and 4 times as runner up. Notably the 1993 final was contested by two African teams, the only occasion when the final has been contested by two teams from the same confederation.

South America has 3 tournament wins and has been runner up twice (all Brazil). Additionally Argentina has finished in third place on 3 occasions but has never appeared in the final.

Europe has 3 tournaments wins (1 each for France, USSR and Switzerland) and has been runner up 5 times. Spain has been runner up on 3 occasions.

The CONCACAF zone has 1 tournament win (for Mexico in 2005), the only time that a team from this confederation has reached the final.

Asia has 1 tournament win (for Saudi Arabia in 1989), the only time that a team from this confederation has reached the final. (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.

Awards

At every tournament three awards are presented:

  • The Golden Foot is awarded to the top goalscorer of tournament.
  • The Golden Ball is awarded to the most valuable player of the tournament.
  • The Fair Play Award is presented to the team with the best disciplinary record in the tournament.
Tournament Golden Ball Golden Shoe Award Goals Fair Play Award
1985 China Brazil William West Germany Marcel Witeczek 8  West Germany
1987 Canada Nigeria Philip Osundu Côte d'Ivoire Moussa Traoré 5  Soviet Union
1989 Scotland Scotland James Will Guinea Fode Camara 3  Bahrain
1991 Italy Ghana Nii Lamptey Brazil Adriano 4  Argentina
1993 Japan Ghana Daniel Addo Nigeria Wilson Oruma 6  Nigeria
1995 Ecuador Oman Mohamed Kathiri Australia Daniel Allsopp 5  Brazil
1997 Egypt Spain Sergio Santamaría Spain David 7  Argentina
1999 New Zealand United States Landon Donovan Ghana Ishmael Addo 7  Mexico
2001 Trinidad and Tobago France Florent Sinama-Pongolle France Florent Sinama-Pongolle 9  Nigeria
2003 Finland Spain Cesc Fàbregas Spain Cesc Fàbregas 5  Costa Rica
2005 Peru Brazil Anderson Mexico Carlos Vela 5  Korea DPR
2007 South Korea Germany Toni Kroos Nigeria Macauley Chrisantus 7  Costa Rica
2009 Nigeria Nigeria Sani Emmanuel Spain Borja González 5  Nigeria

Records and Statistics

The United States has appeared in all 12 editions of the competition (1985-2007) and is the only country to do so, Brazil has appeared 11 times and Australia 10 times.

Brazil and Nigeria have each appeared in the final on 5 occasions and have each won the tournament 3 times.

France's Florent Sinama-Pongolle holds the record for the most goals scored by a player in a single tournament, scoring 9 goals in the 2001 edition.

Spain hold the record for most goals scored by a team in a single tournament with 22 goals in the 1997 tournament.

2009

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