U-20 Copa Libertadores

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U-20 Copa Libertadores
Copa Libertadores Sub-20.png
Founded 2011
Region CONMEBOL (South America)
Number of teams 12
Current champions Brazil São Paulo
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Peru Universitario
Argentina River Plate
Brazil São Paulo
(1 title each)

The Under-20 Copa Libertadores de América (Spanish: Copa Libertadores de América Sub-20) is the international association football club competition for teams that play in CONMEBOL leagues. It was created by Manuel Burga Seoane and the Federación Peruana de Fútbol.[1][2] The competition started in the 2011 season in response to the increased interest in youth football.[citation needed]


The tournament had only two editions from 2011 to 2012. The first edition of this U-20 club competition was played in Lima, Peru. Players born on or after 1 January 1990 were eligible to compete in the first tournament, technically making it an under-21 competition. The tournament was originally going to be hosted in November 2010, however, because of the postponement, the player age eligibility was changed.[3][4][5]

The tournament was temporarily discontinued after 2012.[2] CONMEBOL was targeting to restart the competition in 2015.[6] In March 2015, the CONMEBOL Executive Committee approved Paraguay as host of the next U-20 Copa Libertadores in January 2016.[7]


The cup is played by twelve teams, one from each CONMEBOL country, divided in three groups of four clubs each. The group winners and the best second-placed team qualify to play the semifinals and the winners then play the final, while the losers play the third-place game.


Year Host Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
 Peru Peru
(4–2 pen.)
Boca Juniors
1–0 Peru
Alianza Lima
 Peru Argentina
River Plate
1–0 Uruguay
Defensor Sporting
2–1 Chile
Unión Española
 Paraguay Brazil
São Paulo
1–0 Uruguay
1–0 Argentina


Year Best Player Award Top Goalscorer Best Goalkeeper Award Fair Play Award
2011 Peru Edison Flores Argentina Sergio Unrein (4)
Peru Cristofer Soto (4)
Argentina Ramiro Martínez Argentina Boca Juniors
2012 Ecuador Juan Cazares Chile Rodrigo Gattas (6) Argentina Gaspar Servio Uruguay Defensor Sporting
Argentina River Plate
(ex aequo)
2016 Not awarded Brazil Luiz Araújo (5) Not awarded Colombia Cortuluá

Performance by club[edit]

  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • GS — Group stage
  •  •  — Did not qualify
Team 2011
Peru Alianza Lima 4th QF 2
Brazil América (MG) QF 1
Mexico América 3rd GS 2
Spain Atletico Madrid GS 1
Bolivia Blooming GS 1
Argentina Boca Juniors 2nd GS 2
Bolivia Bolívar GS 1
Venezuela Caracas GS 1
Paraguay Cerro Porteño QF GS 2
Brazil Corinthians 3rd 1
Colombia Cortuluá 3rd 1
Uruguay Defensor Sporting 2nd 1
Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira[8] GS GS 2
Brazil Flamengo QF 1
Chile Huachipato GS 1
Ecuador Independiente del Valle QF GS GS 3
Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann GS 1
Colombia Junior GS 1
Argentina Lanús 4th 1
Paraguay Libertad QF GS 2
Uruguay Liverpool 2nd 1
Peru Melgar GS 1
Colombia Millonarios GS 1
Uruguay Nacional QF 1
Argentina River Plate 1st GS 2
Peru Sporting Cristal GS 1
Brazil São Paulo 1st 1
Chile Universidad Católica GS 1
Peru Universitario 1st QF 2
Chile Unión Española 4th 1


  1. ^ http://www.futbolecuador.com/stories/publica/27730
  2. ^ a b http://todosport.pe/seleccion-nacional/9038-no-habra-copa-libertadores-sub-20.html
  3. ^ "Confirman grupos de 'U' y AL en Libertadores Sub 20" [Groups confirmed of U and AL in U-20 Libertadores] (in Spanish). peru.com. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "'U' y Alianza van por la Copa Libertadores sub 20" [U and Alianza target U-20 Copa Libertadores] (in Spanish). depor.pe. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Se viene la Libertadores Sub-20" [U-20 Libertadores is coming] (in Spanish). Conmebol.com. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "La Copa Libertadores Sub-20 a nivel de clubes es el próximo objetivo de la CONMEBOL". CONMEBOL.com. October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "En la sede de la CONMEBOL, se reunió el Comité Ejecutivo". CONMEBOL.com. March 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Includes Real Esppor.

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