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 16
Current champions River Plate (2012)
Most successful club(s) Universitario (1 title)
River Plate (1 title)
On hiatus since 2012; will return in 2016

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 U-20 Libertadores trophy


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 has been discontinued since 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 two best-placed teams and the two best third-placed teams of each group qualify to play the quarterfinal 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


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)

Performance by club[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place
Peru Universitario 1 (2011)
Argentina River Plate 1 (2012)
Argentina Boca Juniors 1 (2011)
Uruguay Defensor Sporting 1 (2012)
Mexico América 1 (2011)
Brazil Corinthians 1 (2012)
Peru Alianza Lima 1 (2011)
Chile Unión Española 1 (2012)


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