South American Youth Football Championship

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South American Youth Football Championship
Conmebol-Sudamericano-Sub20.png
Founded1954
RegionCONMEBOL
Number of teams10
Current champions Ecuador (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Brazil (11 titles)
WebsiteOfficial webpage
2019 South American U-20 Championship

The South American Youth Football Championship, also known as U-20 South American Championship and Juventud de América (English: "America's Youth") is a South American association football tournament organized by the CONMEBOL (CONfederación SudaMEricana de FútBOL), for South American national teams of men under age of 20.

History[edit]

The first South American Youth Championship was hosted by Venezuela in 1954. Initially for men under age 19, this limit was maintained until the 7th championship, hosted by Peru in 1975. Since the 8th edition (1977), when the tournament took place in Venezuela for the second time, the age limit was raised to 20. This change was made in order to use the competition as South American qualification for the FIFA World Youth Championship (now renamed the FIFA U-20 World Cup), held every two years since 1977. The most recent edition (number 29) was hosted by Chile and won by Ecuador in 2019.

The Championship has had only six champions during its history (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Ecuador). However, since 1983, Brazil has largely dominated the tournament, sharing the trophy only on three occasions with Colombia and on four occasions with Argentina.[citation needed]

Format[edit]

All matches take place in the host country, and all ten U-20 national football teams of CONMEBOL compete in every edition (if none of the associations withdraw). They are separated in two groups of five, and each team plays four matches in a pure round-robin stage. The three top competitors advance to a single final group of six, wherein each team plays five matches. The results in this last pure round-robin stage determines the champion and the South American qualification to the next FIFA U-20 World Cup. Unlike most international tournaments, in South American Youth Championships there is neither final match nor third place match nor knockout stages.

Results[edit]

Year Host Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
1954
Details
 Venezuela
Uruguay

Brazil

Venezuela

Peru
1958
Details
 Chile
Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

Peru
1964
Details
 Colombia
Uruguay

Paraguay

Colombia

Chile
Year Host Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1967
Details
 Paraguay
Argentina
2–2[1]
Paraguay
Brazil Brazil
Peru Peru[2]
1971
Details
 Paraguay
Paraguay
1–1[3]
Uruguay
Argentina Argentina
Peru Peru[2]
1974
Details
 Chile
Brazil
2–1
Uruguay

Paraguay
1–0
Argentina
Year Host Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
1975
Details
 Peru
Uruguay
[4]

Chile

Argentina

Peru
1977
Details
 Venezuela
Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay

Chile
1979
Details
 Uruguay
Uruguay

Argentina

Paraguay

Brazil
1981
Details
 Ecuador
Uruguay

Brazil

Argentina

Bolivia
1983
Details
 Bolivia
Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

Bolivia
1985
Details
 Paraguay
Brazil

Paraguay[5]

Colombia

Uruguay
1987
Details
 Colombia
Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay
1988
Details
 Argentina
Brazil

Colombia

Argentina

Paraguay
1991
Details
 Venezuela
Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

Paraguay
1992
Details
 Colombia
Brazil

Uruguay

Colombia

Ecuador
1995
Details
 Bolivia
Brazil

Argentina

Chile

Ecuador
1997
Details
 Chile
Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay
1999
Details
 Argentina
Argentina

Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay
2001
Details
 Ecuador
Brazil

Argentina

Paraguay

Chile
2003
Details
 Uruguay
Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

Colombia
2005
Details
 Colombia
Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Chile
2007
Details
 Paraguay
Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

Chile
2009
Details
 Venezuela
Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay

Venezuela
2011
Details
 Peru
Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

Ecuador
2013
Details
 Argentina
Colombia

Paraguay

Uruguay

Chile
2015
Details
 Uruguay
Argentina

Colombia

Uruguay

Brazil
2017
Details
 Ecuador
Uruguay

Ecuador

Venezuela

Argentina
2019
Details
 Chile
Ecuador

Argentina

Uruguay

Colombia

Performances by countries[edit]

[citation needed]

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place
 Brazil 11 (1974, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011) 7 (1954, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1997, 2003, 2005) 3 (1958, 1967, 1999) 2 (1979, 2015)
 Uruguay 8 (1954, 1958, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979*, 1981, 2017) 6 (1971, 1974, 1983, 1992, 1999, 2011) 6 (1991, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015*, 2019) 3 (1985, 1987, 1997)
 Argentina 5 (1967, 1997*, 1999, 2003, 2015) 7 (1958, 1979, 1991, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2019) 8 (1971, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988*, 2005, 2011) 2 (1974, 2017)
 Colombia 3 (1987*, 2005*, 2013) 2 (1988, 2015) 3 (1964*, 1985, 1992*) 2 (2003, 2019)
 Paraguay 1 (1971*) 5 (1964, 1967*, 1985*, 2009, 2013) 6 (1974, 1977, 1979, 1997, 2001, 2003) 3 (1988, 1991, 1999)
 Ecuador 1 (2019) 1 (2017*) 3 (1992, 1995, 2011)
 Chile 1 (1975) 1 (1995) 6 (1964, 1977, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2013)
 Peru 2 (1967, 1971) 3 (1954, 1958, 1975*)
 Venezuela 2 (1954*, 2017) 1 (2009*)
 Bolivia 2 (1981, 1983*)
* = As hosts

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competition Nation Player Number of goals
1954  Paraguay Juan Bautista Agüero 7
1958  Argentina Norberto Raffo 5
1964  Chile Jaime Bravo López 5
1967  Argentina Carlos Garcia Cambon 3
1971  Uruguay Ricardo Islas 4
 Paraguay Cristóbal Maldonado 4
1974  Uruguay Hebert Revetria 8
1975  Uruguay Hebert Revetria 4
 Brazil Toninho Cerezo 4
1977  Uruguay Amaro Nadal 4
 Brazil Aguinaldo Roberto Gallon 4
1979  Uruguay Arsenio Luzardo 4
1981  Uruguay Enzo Francescoli 5
 Brazil Reinaldo "Lela" Felisbino 5
1983  Uruguay Carlos Aguilera 7
1985  Brazil Romário 5
1987  Argentina Alejandro Russo 4
1988  Brazil Roberto de Assis Moreira 5
 Paraguay Javier Ferreira 5
1991  Argentina Juan Esnaider 7
1992  Uruguay Fernando Correa 5
1995  Argentina Leonardo Biagini 4
1997  Brazil Adaílton Martins Bolzan 8
1999  Argentina Luciano Galletti 9
2001  Brazil Adriano 6
 Brazil Ewerthon 6
2003  Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi 8
2005  Colombia Hugo Rodallega 11
2007  Uruguay Edinson Cavani 7
2009  Paraguay Hernán Pérez 5
 Paraguay Robin Ramírez 5
 Uruguay Abel Hernández 5
 Brazil Walter 5
2011  Brazil Neymar 9
2013  Uruguay Nicolás López 6
2015  Argentina Giovanni Simeone 9
2017  Uruguay Rodrigo Amaral 5
 Ecuador Bryan Cabezas 5
 Argentina Lautaro Martínez 5
 Argentina Marcelo Torres 5
2019  Ecuador Leonardo Campana 6

Source: RSSSF.[6]

Participating nations[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th-6th – Fifth to Sixth place
  • 7th-10th – Seventh to Tenth place
  • GS – Group stage
  •  ×  – Did not enter
  •  ×  – Withdrew / Banned / Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • — Country not affiliated to CONMEBOL at that time
  •      – Hosts
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
Team Venezuela
1954
Chile
1958
Colombia
1964
Paraguay
1967
Paraguay
1971
Chile
1974
Peru
1975
Venezuela
1977
Uruguay
1979
Ecuador
1981
Bolivia
1983
Paraguay
1985
Colombia
1987
Argentina
1988
Venezuela
1991
Colombia
1992
Bolivia
1995
Chile
1997
Argentina
1999
Ecuador
2001
Uruguay
2003
Colombia
2005
Paraguay
2007
Venezuela
2009
Peru
2011
Argentina
2013
Uruguay
2015
Ecuador
2017
Chile
2019
Years
 Argentina × 2nd 6th 1st 3rd 4th 3rd GS 2nd 3rd 3rd GS 3rd 3rd 2nd × 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd 7th 1st 4th 2nd 27
 Bolivia × × × × GS × 6th GS GS 4th 4th GS GS GS GS GS GS 10th 9th 9th 9th 8th 8th 10th 10th 10th 10th 8th 10th 24
 Brazil 2nd 3rd × 3rd GS 1st 5th 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 9th 4th 5th 5th 28
 Chile GS 5th 4th GS GS GS 2nd 4th GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 3rd 6th 6th 4th 7th 4th 4th 8th 5th 4th 9th 9th 7th 29
 Colombia GS × 3rd GS GS GS × GS GS GS GS 3rd 1st 2nd GS 3rd GS 7th 8th 6th 4th 1st 6th 5th 6th 1st 2nd 6th 4th 27
 Ecuador GS × × GS × GS × × GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 4th 4th 9th 10th 5th 6th 10th 7th 7th 4th 6th 7th 2nd 1st 24
 Israel Part of AFC and later OFC GS × Part of UEFA 1
 Panama GS × Part of CONCACAF 1
 Paraguay GS × 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd × 3rd 3rd GS GS 2nd GS 4th 4th GS GS 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 7th 5th 2nd 8th 2nd 6th 7th 8th 27
 Peru 4th 4th 5th 3rd 3rd GS 4th GS GS × GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 8th 5th 8th 10th 9th 10th 9th 7th 5th 5th 10th 9th 28
 Uruguay 1st 1st 1st GS 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th GS 3rd 2nd × 4th 2nd 7th 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 28
 Venezuela 3rd 6th 7th GS GS GS × GS × GS GS GS × GS GS × GS 5th 7th 10th 8th 6th 9th 4th 9th 8th 8th 3rd 6th 25

Overall statistics[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 190 115 40 35 381 151 +230 270
2  Uruguay 190 95 56 39 320 201 +119 246
3  Argentina 181 90 53 38 304 174 +130 233
4  Paraguay 162 71 39 52 267 212 +55 181
5  Colombia 160 59 41 60 197 207 -10 159
6  Chile 153 50 32 71 218 255 -37 132
7  Peru 129 30 29 70 148 253 -105 89
8  Ecuador 118 28 26 64 124 206 -82 82
9  Venezuela 117 20 29 68 109 252 -143 69
10  Bolivia 96 11 15 70 83 223 -140 37
11  Israel ^1 5 3 0 2 6 4 +2 6
12  Panama ^2 3 0 0 3 4 20 -16 0

FIFA U-20 World Cup performances[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
Team Tunisia
1977
Japan
1979
Australia
1981
Mexico
1983
Soviet Union
1985
Chile
1987
Saudi Arabia
1989
Portugal
1991
Australia
1993
Qatar
1995
Malaysia
1997
Nigeria
1999
Argentina
2001
United Arab Emirates
2003
Netherlands
2005
Canada
2007
Egypt
2009
Colombia
2011
Turkey
2013
New Zealand
2015
South Korea
2017
Poland
2019
Total
 Argentina 1st R1 2nd QF R1 1st 1st R2 1st 4th 1st 1st QF R1 R1 q 16
 Brazil 3rd QF 1st 1st QF 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd QF QF QF 1st 3rd R2 2nd 1st 2nd 18
 Chile 4th R1 R1 R2 3rd QF 6
 Colombia QF R1 QF R1 3rd R2 QF R2 R2 q 10
 Ecuador R2 R2 R1 q 4
 Paraguay R1 QF R1 R1 R2 4th R2 R2 R2 9
 Uruguay 4th 3rd QF QF R1 QF 2nd 4th R2 R2 R1 2nd R2 4th q 15
 Venezuela R2 2nd 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argentina won by drawing.
  2. ^ a b There was no match for the third place in this edition after the semifinals.
  3. ^ Paraguay won because of better goal difference in semifinals.
  4. ^ Replay match after finishing with same points and goal difference at final stage. Match was 1–1 draw. Uruguay won 3–1 in a penalty shootout
  5. ^ Paraguay finished as runner-up because of better position in first round than Colombia.
  6. ^ "South American Youth Championships - Topscorers". RSSSF. 19 February 2015.

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