Italy national under-18 football team
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|Nickname(s)||Azzurrini (The Little Blues)|
|Association||Italian Football Federation (FIGC)|
|Head coach||Daniele Franceschini|
|Home stadium||Stadio "Livio Luzi", Camerino|
The Italian national under-18 football team represents Italy in international football at an under-18 age level and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio), the governing body for football in Italy. The team was known as Italy national under-17 football team prior 2001.
The current coach is Daniele Franceschini.
The under-18 team were compose of players from Italy national under-17 football team of the previous season, as well as new call-up. The team acted as the feeder team of Italy national under-19 football team, which compete in UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
Before 2001, the name of the under-18 team was Italian national under-17 football team (as well as the current under-19 team, was named under-18). However, the age limit of the team was always[when?] under-17 (calendar age) at the start of season, or under-18 (calendar age) at the end of season. In the past, the cut-off date was on 1 August instead of 1 January.
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- "Nazionale in cifre - Elenco Gare - Nazionale U17". Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Nazionale in cifre - Elenco Gare - Nazionale U18". Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "2001/2002 European Under-19 Preliminary Round Draw". UEFA. 7 November 2000. Archived from the original on 22 April 2001.
Name change: On 13 April 2000, the UEFA Executive Committee endorsed a proposal made by the Youth Committee to re-name then competition in order to reflect reality. A few years ago, FIFA changed the cut-off date for age-limit competitions from 1 August to 1 January, which means that players are up to seven months older. This means that Under-18 players can be over 19 by the time they reach the final phase of the European Under-18 Championship. Therefore, for greater coherency, UEFA renamed the Under-18 competition as the European Under-19 Championship.