2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final

The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final was a football match that was played on at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea on 11 June 2017 to determine the champions of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The final was contested by Venezuela and England. England won the match 1–0, winning the title for the first time.[2] Dominic Calvert-Lewin[3] scored his second goal of the tournament during the final, which turned out to be the only goal in the game. This was the first ever final for both England and Venezuela in the history of the tournament.[4]

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final
Event2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Date11 June 2017
VenueSuwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
RefereeBjörn Kuipers (Netherlands)
27 °C (81 °F)
26% humidity[1]


This was England's first appearance and victory in the final of a global football tournament since their senior World Cup victory in 1966. Their previous best at the U-20 World Cup was third place in 1993.[2]

For Venezuela it was only the second appearance at the U-20 World Cup, previously in 2009 they only managed to go as far as the second round.

Road to the final

Venezuela Round England
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Germany 2–0 Match 1  Argentina 3–0
 Vanuatu 7–0 Match 2  Guinea 1–1
 Mexico 1–0 Match 3  South Korea 1–0
Group B winners
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Venezuela 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 1 4
4  Vanuatu 3 0 0 3 4 13 9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Final standings Group A winners
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  South Korea (H) 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3  Argentina 3 1 0 2 6 5 +1 3
4  Guinea 3 0 1 2 1 9 8 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Japan 1–0 (aet) Round of 16  Costa Rica 2–1
 United States 2–1 (aet) Quarter-finals  Mexico 1–0
 Uruguay 1–1 (aet) (4–3 pen.) Semi-finals  Italy 3–1



The final was played on 11 June 2017 at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon. England defeated Venezuela 1–0. The win gave England the first title in the tournament.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winning goal[3] in the 35th minute when he finished from close range after his initial effort was blocked by Wuilker Faríñez, but the rebound fell into his path. He made no mistake with his second chance.

England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made two vital saves in the second half. The first was a one-on-one opportunity for Sergio Córdova created by Yeferson Soteldo, and the second from the penalty spot from Adalberto Peñaranda.[3]

The match was evenly contested throughout, with both sides hitting the woodwork, but it was England's evening in the end, as the Young Lions held on to become U-20 World Cup champions for the first time.

After the match, England forward Dominic Solanke,[5][6] was named the player of the tournament and receive the Golden Ball. Previous winner of the award include Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luís Figo, Paul Pogba and Sergio Agüero.[6][5]

Freddie Woodman was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament and receive Golden Glove award.[7]


Venezuela 0–1 England
Report Calvert-Lewin  35'
GK1Wuilker Faríñez
RB20Ronald Hernández
CB5Williams Velásquez 46'
CB4Nahuel Ferraresi
LB2José Hernández
RW19Sergio Córdova 72'
CM16Ronaldo Lucena
CM8Yangel Herrera (c)
LW7Adalberto Peñaranda 90+3'
CF11Ronaldo Chacón 51'
CF9Ronaldo Peña
FW10Yeferson Soteldo 51'
MF15Samuel Sosa 72'
DF13Jan Hurtado 90+3'
Rafael Dudamel
GK1Freddie Woodman
RB2Jonjoe Kenny
CB5Fikayo Tomori 48'
CB6Jake Clarke-Salter
LB14Kyle Walker-Peters
DM4Lewis Cook (c)
DM7Josh Onomah
RM18Kieran Dowell 58' 62'
AM10Dominic Solanke
LM11Ademola Lookman
CF16Dominic Calvert-Lewin 76'
MF19Sheyi Ojo 62'
MF8Ainsley Maitland-Niles 76'
Paul Simpson

Assistant referees:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Video assistant referees:
Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Ten named eligible substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.


Overall[8][9] Venezuela England
Goals scored 01
Total shots 1920
Shots on target 48
Shots blocked 44
Ball possession 48%52%
Corner kicks 39
Fouls committed 1616
Offsides 01
Saves 74
Yellow cards 12
Red cards 00

Reaction in England

England's win ended 51 years of waiting for a global tournament trophy.[3] Their senior counterpart watched the game from a laptop and applauded as the final whistle was blown.[10]

See also


  1. "Tactical line-up – Venezuela–England" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. "Under-20 World Cup:England beat Venezuela in final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. "'He's gone full Dudek' – Liverpool fans react as England win the Under-20 World Cup". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. "U-20 World Cup 2017 Results: England, Venezuela Progress to Final for 1st Time". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. "Liverpool new boy Dominic Solanke joins megastars on list of Under-20 Golden Ball winners". Daily Star. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  6. "Dominic Solanke follows Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba in winning Golden Ball at U20 World Cup". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. "'IT'S JUST CRAZY' England Under-20s World Cup hero Freddie Woodman reveals all about THAT famous penalty save". thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. "Match report – Final – Venezuela v England" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  9. "Match page – Venezuela 0–1 England". FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  10. "England team react to the Under-20's winning the World Cup". Givesport. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
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