The men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 is on the horizon, a tournament that gives fans a closer look at the young talent ready to take the world by storm. Players eligible to participate in 2023 have to be 20 years old or younger, born on or after January 1, 2003.
While many of these players will be a few years away from superstardom by the time the tournament kicks off, they are definitely names to look out for in the future. The likes of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero, and Adama Traore all won the Golden Ball for best player at past men’s U-20 World Cups. Erling Haaland won the Golden Boot as top scorer of the most recent event in 2019.
The upcoming edition, to be held in Indonesia, will take place sometime in 2023, with dates yet to be confirmed. It will be the first FIFA tournament held in the country, and the second U-20 World Cup held in Southeast Asia since the 1997 edition was contested in Malaysia.
The Sporting News brings you a closer look at the tournament, as well as which countries have secured passage to the upcoming tournament.
How many teams are in the FIFA U20 World Cup 2023?
The men’s 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, held every two years (the 2021 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), features 24 teams coming together to compete for the U-20 World Cup trophy.
The host nation Indonesia qualifies automatically. Here’s how the other 23 tickets to the tournament are distributed around the world:
|Region||Confederation||U-20 World Cup
Each region will host a youth tournament which will determine the nations to qualify from that specific zone. For example, North America’s confederation CONCACAF will hold its bi-annual Under-20 championship tournament in the summer of 2022, with the four semifinalists qualifying directly to the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The 24 nations that qualify will be drawn into six groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group advance to the knockout stage, together with the four third-place teams with the most points. The Round of 16 kicks off a single-elimination bracket through to the final, much like the senior men’s World Cup format.
Ukraine are the defending champions, having won the 2019 edition of the tournament with a 3-1 final victory over South Korea. But the Ukrainians will not be able to defend their title after failing to qualify to the UEFA Under-19 championship.
Which teams have qualified for U20 World Cup 2023?
Indonesia qualified automatically as hosts of the men’s 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and they’ve already been joined by the first two teams from Europe.
North America, Europe and Oceania are all holding their continental championships in the summer of 2022 to determine those confederation’s representatives, while South America, Asia, and Africa will all hold their tournaments in the early part of 2023.
|No.||Region||Nation||Date qualified||How qualified||Total apps
|1.||Asia||Indonesia||Dec. 24, 2020||Tournament host||2 of 23 (1979)||Group Stage (1979)|
|2.||Europe||Italy||June 21, 2022||UEFA U-19 semifinalist||8 of 23 (2019)||3rd place (2017)|
|3.||Europe||France||June 21, 2022||UEFA U-19 semifinalist||8 of 23 (2019)||Champions (2013)|
|4.||Europe||TBD||June 25, 2022||UEFA U-19 semifinalist|
|5.||Europe||TBD||June 25, 2022||UEFA U-19 semifinalist|
|6.||Europe||TBD||June 28, 2022||UEFA U-19 playoff winner|
|7.||N. America||TBD||June 28, 2022||CONCACAF U-20 semifinalist|
|8.||N. America||TBD||June 28, 2022||CONCACAF U-20 semifinalist|
|9.||N. America||TBD||June 29, 2022||CONCACAF U-20 semifinalist|
|10.||N. America||TBD||June 29, 2022||CONCACAF U-20 semifinalist|
|11.||Oceania||TBD||August 2022||OFC U-19 finalist|
|12.||Oceania||TBD||August 2022||OFC U-19 finalist|
|13.||Asia||TBD||2023||U-20 Asian Cup semifinalist|
|14.||Asia||TBD||2023||U-20 Asian Cup semifinalist|
|15.||Asia||TBD||2023||U-20 Asian Cup semifinalist|
|16.||Asia||TBD||2023||U-20 Asian Cup semifinalist|
|17.||S. America||TBD||2023||CONMEBOL U-20 semifinalist|
|18.||S. America||TBD||2023||CONMEBOL U-20 semifinalist|
|19.||S. America||TBD||2023||CONMEBOL U-20 semifinalist|
|20.||S. America||TBD||2023||CONMEBOL U-20 semifinalist|
|21.||Africa||TBD||2023||U-20 AFCON semifinalist|
|22.||Africa||TBD||2023||U-20 AFCON semifinalist|
|23.||Africa||TBD||2023||U-20 AFCON semifinalist|
|24.||Africa||TBD||2023||U-20 AFCON semifinalist|