1981 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, the third edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Australia from 3 to 18 October 1981. The tournament took place in six venues—where a total of 32 matches were played. Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney—The winner was West Germany, who beat surprise packet Qatar by 4–0, in a final held at Sydney Cricket Ground.

1981 FIFA World Youth Championship
FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates3–18 October
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions West Germany (1st title)
Runners-up Qatar
Third place Romania
Fourth place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored87 (2.72 per match)
Attendance443,094 (13,847 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ralf Loose
Roland Wohlfarth
Taher Abouzaid
Mark Koussas
(4 goals)
Best player(s) Romulus Gabor
Fair play award Australia

Qualification

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1980 AFC Youth Championship  Qatar1
 South Korea
CAF (Africa) 1981 African Youth Championship  Cameroon1
 Egypt1
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1980 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Mexico
 United States1
CONMEBOL (South America) 1981 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) Host nation  Australia1
UEFA (Europe) 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  England1
 Italy
 Poland
 Romania1
 Spain
 West Germany1
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Uruguay 6330050+5Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Qatar 33111220
 Poland 2310242+2
 United States 1301218−7
Poland 0 – 1 Qatar
(Report) Bilal 37'
Attendance: 17,200

United States 0 – 3 Uruguay
(Report) López Báez 5'
Aguilera 60'
Da Silva 67'
Attendance: 17,200

United States 1 – 1 Qatar
Devey 43' (Report) Bilal 56'
Attendance: 10,122

Uruguay 1 – 0 Poland
Da Silva 58' (Report)
Attendance: 10,122

Qatar 0 – 1 Uruguay
(Report) Villazán 52'
Attendance: 8,264
Referee: Stanislas Kamdem (Cameroon)

Poland 4 – 0 United States
Rzepka 17'
Kowalik 18'
Dziekanowski 65', 67'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,264

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 5321051+4Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Romania 5321031+2
 South Korea 2310245−1
 Italy 0300316−5
Italy 1–4 South Korea
Mariani 83' (Report) Kwak 7'
Choi S.H. 12', 29'
Lee K.N. 88'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania 1–1 Brazil
Zamfir 82' (Report) Leomir 67'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania 1–0 South Korea
Sertov 5' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500

Brazil 1–0 Italy
Djalma Baia 56' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Jan Redelfs (West Germany)

South Korea 0–3 Brazil
(Report) Paulo Roberto 48'
Ronaldão 61'
Jun J.S. 79' (o.g.)
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Hussein Fahmy Baheig (Egypt)

Italy 0–1 Romania
(Report) Gabor 56' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,000

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 West Germany 4320164+2Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Egypt 4312076+1
 Mexico 2302145−1
 Spain 2302157−2
Spain 2–2 Egypt
Chano 65'
Nadal 74'
(Report) Abouzaid 6', 78'
Attendance: 7,504
Referee: Lee Woo Bong (South Korea)

West Germany 1–0 Mexico
Loose 2' (Report)

West Germany 1–2 Egypt
Loose 35' (Report) Helmi 31'
Abouzaid 54'

Mexico 1–1 Spain
Coss 75' (Report) Chano 45' (pen.)

Egypt 3–3 Mexico
Guillén 33' (o.g.)
Saleh 64', 71'
(Report) Vaca 18'
Farfán 28'
Ríos 69'

Spain 2–4 West Germany
F. López 72'
Fabregat 78'
(Report) Trieb 29'
Wohlfarth 47', 85'
Anthes 55'
Attendance: 14,120

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 England 4312042+2Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Australia 4312065+1
 Argentina 33111330
 Cameroon 1301236−3
England 2–0 Cameroon
Finnigan 57'
Dey 78'
(Report)
Attendance: 15,814

Australia 2–1 Argentina
Koussas 79'
Hunter 89'
(Report) Morresi 66'
Attendance: 15,814
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)

Australia 3–3 Cameroon
Mitchell 9'
Koussas 53', 78' (pen.)
(Report) Olle Olle 17'
Djonkep 35', 52'
Attendance: 13,797
Referee: Toros Kibritjian (Syria)

England 1–1 Argentina
Small 79' (Report) Urruti 57'
Attendance: 16,674
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Cameroon 0–1 Argentina
(Report) Cecchi 6'
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Mubarak Waleed Saeed (Qatar)

England 1–1 Australia
Small 82' (Report) Koussas 7'
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
11 October - Melbourne
 
 
 Uruguay 1
 
14 October - Melbourne
 
 Romania 2
 
 Romania 0
 
11 October - Canberra
 
 West Germany (a.e.t.) 1
 
 West Germany 1
 
18 October - Sydney
 
 Australia 0
 
 West Germany 4
 
11 October - Newcastle
 
 Qatar 0
 
 Brazil 2
 
14 October - Sydney
 
 Qatar 3
 
 Qatar 2
 
11 October - Sydney
 
 England 1 Third place
 
 England 4
 
17 October - Adelaide
 
 Egypt 2
 
 Romania 1
 
 
 England 0
 

Quarter-finals

Uruguay 1–2 Romania
Berruetta 60' (Report) Eduard 25'
Fisic 84'
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Brazil 2–3 Qatar
Ronaldão 27', 78' (Report) Al-Muhannadi 10', 54', 87'

West Germany 1–0 Australia
Wohlfarth 69' (Report)

England 4–2 Egypt
Webb 41', 64', 82'
Cooke 60'
(Report) Abouzaid 28' (pen.)
Saleh 40'

Semi-finals

Qatar 2–1 England
Bilal 12'
Alsada 62'
(Report) Small 70'
Attendance: 12,476

Romania 0–1 (a.e.t.) West Germany
(Report) Schön 103'
Attendance: 15,000

Third place play-off

Romania 1–0 England
Gabor 36' (Report)

Final

West Germany 4–0 Qatar
Loose 28', 66'
Wohlfarth 42'
Anthes 86'
(Report)
Attendance: 18,531

Result

 1981 World Youth Championship Winners 

West Germany
First title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Mark Koussas Romulus Gabor  Australia

Goalscorers

Mark Koussas of Australia won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 87 goals were scored by 56 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Jose Guillen (playing against Egypt)
  • Jun Jong-Son (playing against Brazil)

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  West Germany 6501124+810
2  Qatar 631279–27
3  Romania 641163+39
4  England 622297+26
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Uruguay 430162+46
6  Brazil 421174+35
7  Australia 41216604
8  Egypt 4121910–14
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Argentina 31113303
10  Poland 310242+22
11  South Korea 310245–12
12  Mexico 302145–12
13  Spain 302157–22
14  Cameroon 301236–31
15  United States 301218–71
16  Italy 300316–50

Notes

  1. Actually Eritrea, as the FIFA anachronistically reports.
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