National team appearances in the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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This article lists the performances of each of the national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals.

Debut of national teams[edit]

Year Debutants
1977 (16)  Austria  Brazil  Ivory Coast  France  Honduras  Hungary  Iran  Iraq  Italy  Mexico  Morocco  Paraguay  Spain  Tunisia  Soviet Union[1] Uruguay
1979 (10)  Algeria  Argentina  Canada  Guinea  Indonesia  Japan  South Korea  Poland  Portugal  Yugoslavia[2]
1981 (8)  Australia  Cameroon  Egypt  England  Qatar  Romania  United States  West Germany[3]
1983 (5)  China PR  Czechoslovakia[4]  Scotland  Netherlands  Nigeria
1985 (4)  Bulgaria  Colombia  Republic of Ireland  Saudi Arabia
1987 (4)  Chile  Bahrain  East Germany  Togo
1989 (4)  Costa Rica  Mali  Norway  Syria
1991 (2)  Sweden  Trinidad and Tobago
1993 (3)  Ghana  Russia[1]  Turkey
1995 (1)  Burundi
1997 (4)  Belgium  Malaysia  South Africa  United Arab Emirates
1999 (3)  Croatia  Kazakhstan[1]  Zambia
2001 (7)  Angola  Czech Republic[4]  Ecuador  Ethiopia  Finland  Jamaica  Ukraine[1]
2003 (4)  Burkina Faso  Panama  Slovakia[4]  Uzbekistan[1]
2005 (2)  Benin  Switzerland
2007 (5)  Congo  Gambia  Jordan  New Zealand  North Korea
2009 (2)  Tahiti  Venezuela
2011 (1)  Guatemala
2013 (3)  Cuba  El Salvador  Greece
2015 (3)  Fiji  Myanmar  Serbia[2]

Comprehensive team results in each World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1979-1995: first group stage, and since 1997: second group stage; final 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (since 1997: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew
  • XX — Country did not exist or national team was inactive
  •    — Hosts
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1977
Tunisia
(16)
1979
Japan
(16)
1981
Australia
(16)
1983
Mexico
(16)
1985
Soviet Union
(16)
1987
Chile
(16)
1989
Saudi Arabia
(16)
1991
Portugal
(16)
1993
Australia
(16)
1995
Qatar
(16)
1997
Malaysia
(24)
1999
Nigeria
(24)
2001
Argentina
(24)
2003
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2005
Netherlands
(24)
2007
Canada
(24)
2009
Egypt
(24)
2011
Colombia
(24)
2013
Turkey
(24)
2015
New Zealand
(24)
 Algeria QF
 Angola R2
 Argentina 1st R1 2nd QF R1 1st 1st R2 1st 4th 1st 1st QF
 Australia QF R1 R1 R1 4th 4th QF R2 R1 R2 R2 R1 R1 R1 R1
 Austria R1 R1 4th R1 q
 Bahrain R1
 Belgium R2
 Benin R1
 Brazil 3rd QF 1st 1st QF 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd QF QF QF 1st 3rd R2 2nd 1st
 Bulgaria QF QF
 Burkina Faso R2
 Burundi R1
 Cameroon R1 R1 QF R2 R1 R2
 Canada R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1
 China PR R1 QF R1 R2 R2
 Chile 4th R1 R1 R2 3rd QF
 Colombia QF R1 QF R1 3rd R2 QF R2
 Congo R2
 Costa Rica R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 R1 4th R2
 Croatia R2 R1 R2
 Cuba R1
 Czech Republic R1 R1 QF R1 2nd R2
 East Germany 3rd R1
 Ecuador R2 R2
 Egypt R1 R1 3rd R2 R1 R2 R2 R1
 El Salvador R1
 England 4th R1 R1 3rd R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1
 Ethiopia R1
 Fiji q
 Finland R1
 France R1 QF QF 4th 1st
 Gambia R2
 Germany 1st 2nd R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 QF QF q
 Ghana 2nd 4th QF 2nd 1st 3rd
 Greece R2
 Guatemala R2
 Guinea R1
 Honduras R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 q
 Hungary R1 R1 R1 R1 3rd q
 Indonesia R1
 Iran R1 R1
 Iraq R1 QF R1 4th
 Italy R1 R1 QF QF QF
 Ivory Coast R1 R1 R1 R1 R2
 Jamaica R1
 Japan R1 QF QF 2nd R1 QF R2 R2
 Jordan R1
 Kazakhstan R1
 Malaysia R1
 Mali R1 3rd R1 R1 R1
 Mexico 2nd R1 R1 R1 QF QF QF R2 QF R1 QF 3rd R2 q
 Morocco R1 R2 4th
 Myanmar q
 Netherlands QF R1 QF QF
 New Zealand R1 R1 R1 q
 Nigeria R1 3rd R1 2nd QF 2nd QF R2 QF R2
 North Korea R1 R1 q
 Norway R1 R1
 Panama R1 R1 R1 R1
 Paraguay R1 QF R1 R1 R2 4th R2 R2 R2
 Poland 4th R1 3rd R2
 Portugal QF 1st 1st R1 3rd R2 R2 2nd R2 q
 Qatar 2nd R1 q
 Republic of Ireland R1 R1 3rd R2 R2
 Romania 3rd
 Russia 1st 2nd R1 4th QF 3rd QF QF
 Saudi Arabia R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R2
 Scotland QF QF R1
 Serbia q
 Slovakia R1 R1 R2
 South Africa R1 R2
 South Korea R1 R1 4th QF R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 QF R2 QF
 Spain R1 QF R1 2nd R1 QF 4th QF 1st 2nd QF QF R2 QF R2
 Sweden R1
 Switzerland R1
 Syria R1 QF R1 R2
 Tahiti R1
 Togo R1
 Trinidad and Tobago R1 R1
 Tunisia R1 R1
 Turkey R1 R2 R2
 United Arab Emirates R2 QF QF
 Ukraine R2 R2 q
 United States R1 R1 R1 4th QF R2 R2 R2 QF R2 QF R1 R1 q
 Uruguay 4th 3rd QF QF R1 QF 2nd 4th R2 R2 R1 2nd
 Uzbekistan R1 R1 R2 q
 Venezuela R2
 Yugoslavia R1 1st
 Zambia R1 R2

Teams that have finished in the top four[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place
 Argentina 6 (1979, 1995, 1997, 20011, 2005, 2007) 1 (1983) 1 (2003)
 Brazil 5 (1983, 1985, 1993, 2003, 2011) 3 (1991, 1995, 2009) 3 (1977, 1989, 2005)
 Portugal 2 (1989, 19911) 1 (2011) 1 (1995)
 Ghana 1 (2009) 2 (1993, 2001) 1 (2013) 1 (1987)
 Spain 1 (1999) 2 (1985, 2003) 1 (1995)
 Russia[1] 1 (1977) 1 (1979) 1 (1991) 1 (19851)
 Germany[3] 1 (1981) 1 (1987)
 France 1 (2013) 1 (2011)
 Yugoslavia 1 (1987)
 Uruguay 2 (1997,2013) 1 (1979) 2 (1977, 1989)
 Nigeria 2 (1989, 2005) 1 (1985)
 Mexico 1 (1977) 1 (2011)
 Czech Republic 1 (2007)
 Japan 1 (1999)
 Qatar 1 (1981)
 England 1 (1993) 1 (1981)
 Poland 1 (1983) 1 (1979)
 Chile 1 (2007) 1 (19871)
 Colombia 1 (2003)
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1997)
 Egypt 1 (2001)
 Hungary 1 (2009)
 Mali 1 (1999)
 Australia 2 (1991, 19931)
 Iraq 1 (2013)
 Austria 1 (2007)
 Costa Rica 1 (2009)
 South Korea 1 (1983)
 Morocco 1 (2005)
 Paraguay 1 (2001)
 Romania 1 (1981)
 United States 1 (1989)
1 = host

List of defending champions[edit]

Year Defending Champions Finish
1979  Soviet Union Runners-up
1981  Argentina Group Stage
1983  West Germany Did not Qualify
1985  Brazil Champions
1987  Brazil Quarter-finals
1989  Yugoslavia Did not Qualify
1991  Portugal Champions
1993  Portugal Group Stage
1995  Brazil Runners-up
1997  Argentina Champions
1999  Argentina Round 2
2001  Spain Did not Qualify
2003  Argentina Fourth Place
2005  Brazil Third Place
2007  Argentina Champions
2009  Argentina Did not Qualify
2011  Ghana Did not Qualify
2013  Brazil Did not Qualify
2015  France Did not Qualify

Results of host nations[edit]

Year Host Nation Finish
1977  Tunisia Round 1
1979  Japan Round 1
1981  Australia Quarter-finals
1983  Mexico Round 1
1985  Soviet Union 4th place
1987  Chile 4th place
1989  Saudi Arabia Round 1
1991  Portugal Champions
1993  Australia 4th place
1995  Qatar Round 1
1997  Malaysia Round 1
1999  Nigeria Quarter-finals
2001  Argentina Champions
2003  United Arab Emirates Quarter-finals
2005  Netherlands Quarter-finals
2007  Canada Round 1
2009  Egypt Quarter-finals
2011  Colombia Quarter-finals
2013  Turkey Round of 16
2015  New Zealand TBD
2017  South Korea TBD

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f The USSR was dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  2. ^ a b The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke up in 1991 all the nations that formed this country now compete separately.
  3. ^ a b FIFA attributes all the results of West Germany (1977-1991) to Germany.
  4. ^ a b c Czechoslovakia was divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993 after the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia. FIFA considers both the Czech Republic and Slovakia as successor teams of Czechoslovakia.

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