Italy national under-20 football team
|Association||Italian Football Federation |
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
|Head coach||Paolo Nicolato|
|FIFA U-20 World Cup|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1977)|
|Best result||Third Place, 2017|
The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.
The Under-20 team is the de facto Under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s providing further international development for youth players.
The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies European teams for the U-20 World Cup. So far, the best result of the team is just third place in 2017. Italy managed to qualify for two consecutive U-20 World Cup for the first time, after topping the group in 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected. The U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (which replaced Austria).
Since the 2017–18 season, the Italy U20 team participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League, expanded to 8 participants.
The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007 (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda, which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini. The 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.
FIFA U-20 World Cup Record
|1979||Did Not Qualify|
|1983||Did Not Qualify|
|1989||Did Not Qualify|
|2007||Did Not Qualify|
|2011||Did Not Qualify|
The following 22 players have been called up for the U-20 Elite League match against Poland on 6 September 2018.
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