France national youth football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Bleuets (The Blueberries)
Les Tricolores (The Tri-colours)
|Association||French Football Federation|
The France national youth football team are the national under-20, under-19, under-18, under-17 and under-16 football teams of France and are controlled by the Fédération Française de Football. The youth teams of France participate in tournaments sanctioned by both FIFA and UEFA and also participates in world, regional, and local international tournaments. Youth international campaigns normally begin in August and end in the following July.
The under-20 team competes in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years and the Toulon Tournament, which is held every May when football league seasons have ended. The team usually participates in the latter tournament when the under-21 team doesn't send a team. The under-20 team also participates in the quad-annual Mediterranean Games and Jeux de la Francophonie football tournaments.
The under-19 team competes in the annual UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. They are the current champions of the competition having won on home soil in 2010. The under-19 team also contests the qualification matches needed to play in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, though the competition is classified as an under-20 tournament.
The under-18 team serves as a feeder team to the under-19 team as their matches aren't competitive. The under-18 team only participate in friendly matches and tournaments, such as the SBS Cup and the Taça do Atlântico.
The under-17 team competes in the annual UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is held every four years. The under-17 team also participates in local and international friendly tournaments, such as the Montaigu Tournament and the Toto Cup, which is held in Austria.
The under-16 team previously competed in the annual UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship before it was converted into an under-17 competition in 2002. The under-16 team competes in regional tournaments, such as the Tournio de Val-de-Marne and the Montaigu Tournament and international tournaments, such as the Aegean Cup in Turkey. France are currently the two-time defending champions of the Aegean Cup.
France national under-21 squad
COACH: Pierre Mankowski
France national under-20 squad
COACH: Philippe Bergeroo
France national under-19 squad
COACH: Pierre Mankowski
France national under-18 squad
COACH: Francis Smerecki
France national under-17 squad
COACH: Jean-Claude Giuntini
France national under-16 squad
COACH: Patrick Gonfalone