|Number of teams||10|
|Current champions||England (5th title)|
|Most successful team(s)||France (12 titles)|
|2017 Toulon Tournament|
The Toulon Tournament (officially the Festival Espoirs de Toulon) is a football tournament which traditionally features invited national teams composed of under-21 players. Although the first tournament in 1967 featured club teams, it has been limited to national teams since 1974. The tournament is held around the Region-du-Var, with the final being held in Toulon itself.
Toulon Tournament is not run under the supervision of FIFA or an individual national association. Therefore, it is deemed as the most prestigious of all friendly tournaments involving U-21 teams, and considered an unofficial world championship before FIFA introduced the official World Youth Cup in 1977.
The Toulon Tournament plays two 40-minute halves.
Performances by countries
Performances by confederations
|UEFA||27 (1974, 1976–1979, 1982, 1984–1994, 1997, 2001, 2003–2008, 2015, 2016)||36 (1967, 1975–1982, 1984–1998, 2000, 2002–2006, 2009–2012, 2014, 2016)|
|CONMEBOL||14 (1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1998–2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)||5 (1983, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2013)|
|CAF||1 (2010)||1 (2015)|
References and notes
- Garin, Erik; Pierrend, José Luis (9 June 2016). "Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
A tournament for U-21 players, usually played in several cities in the Region du Var (southern France), with the final in Toulon. Participation is by invitation. Has been disputed yearly since 1974 with national teams, but the first (1967) edition featured clubs. The most prestigious of all friendly tournaments involving U-21 teams, and considered an unofficial world championship before FIFA introduced the official World Youth Cup in 1977.
- The 1967 edition was the first, and only, tournament not to feature national sides
- The 1975 edition was the first tournament to feature only national sides; this tradition has remained ever since