National team appearances in the FIFA U-20 World Cup

This article lists the performances of each of the national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals.

Debut of national teams

Year Debutants
1977 (16) Austria,  Brazil,  France,  Honduras,  Hungary,  Iran,  Iraq,  Italy,  Ivory Coast,  Mexico,  Morocco,  Paraguay,  Spain,  Tunisia,  Soviet Union,[1]  Uruguay
1979 (10) Algeria,  Argentina,  Canada,  Guinea,  Indonesia,  Japan,  Poland,  Portugal,  South Korea,  Yugoslavia[2]
1981 (8) Australia,  Cameroon,  Egypt,  England,  Qatar,  Romania,  United States,  West Germany[3]
1983 (5) China PR,  Czechoslovakia,[4]  Scotland,  Netherlands,  Nigeria
1985 (4) Bulgaria,  Colombia,  Republic of Ireland,  Saudi Arabia
1987 (4) Bahrain,  Chile,  East Germany,  Togo
1989 (4) Costa Rica,  Mali,  Norway,  Syria
1991 (2) Sweden,  Trinidad and Tobago
1993 (2) Ghana,  Turkey
1995 (1) Burundi
1997 (4) Belgium,  Malaysia,  South Africa,  United Arab Emirates
1999 (3) Croatia,[2]  Kazakhstan,[1]  Zambia
2001 (6) Angola,  Ecuador,  Ethiopia,  Finland,  Jamaica,  Ukraine[1]
2003 (4) Burkina Faso,  Panama,  Slovakia,  Uzbekistan[1]
2005 (2) Benin,   Switzerland
2007 (5) Congo,  Gambia,  Jordan,  New Zealand,  North Korea
2009 (2) Tahiti,  Venezuela
2011 (1) Guatemala
2013 (3) Cuba,  El Salvador,  Greece
2015 (3) Fiji,  Myanmar,  Senegal
2017 (2) Vanuatu,  Vietnam
2019 (0)None
2021 (0)TBD

Comprehensive team results in each World Cup

Legend
  • 1st Champions
  • 2nd Runners-up
  • 3rd Third place
  • 4th Fourth place
  • QF Quarterfinals (1979-1995: first group stage, and since 1997: second group stage; final 8)
  • R2 Round 2 (since 1997: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 Round 1
  •    Did not qualify
  •  ×  Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  • XX Country did not exist or national team was inactive
  •    Hosts
  • q Qualified for upcoming tournament

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team Confederation 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Total
 AlgeriaCAF ×QF×× 1
 AngolaCAF ××××××R2 1
 ArgentinaCONMEBOL 1stR12ndQFR11st1stR21st4th1st1stQFR1R1R2 16
 AustraliaAFC[5] QFR1R1R14th4thQFR2R1R2R2R1R1R1R1 15
 AustriaUEFA R1R14thR1R2 5
 BahrainAFC ×R1 1
 BelgiumUEFA R2 1
 BeninCAF ××××××××××××R1×× 1
 BrazilCONMEBOL 3rdQF1st1stQF3rd2nd1st2ndQFQFQF1st3rdR22nd1st2nd 18
 BulgariaUEFA QFQF 2
 Burkina FasoCAF ××××××××××R2 1
 BurundiCAF ×××××××××R1×××× 1
 CameroonCAF ×R1R1QFR2R1R2 6
 CanadaCONCACAF R1R1R1R2R1QFR1R1 8
 ChileCONMEBOL 4thR1R1R23rdQF 6
 China PRAFC ××R1QFR1R2R2 5
 ColombiaCONMEBOL QFR1QFR13rdR2QFR2R2QF 10
 CongoCAF ×××××××××××××R2 1
 Costa RicaCONCACAF R1R1R1R2R2R14thR2R2 9
 CroatiaUEFA R2R1R2 3
 CubaCONCACAF R1 1
 Czech Republic[4]UEFA R1R1QFR12ndR2 6
 East GermanyUEFA 3rdR1 2
 EcuadorCONMEBOL R2R2R13rd 4
 EgyptCAF QFR13rdR2R1R2R2R1 8
 El SalvadorCONCACAF R1 1
 EnglandUEFA 4thR1R13rdR2R1R1R1R2R11st 11
 EthiopiaCAF ×××R1×××× 1
 FijiOFC R1 1
 FinlandUEFA R1 1
 FranceUEFA R1QFQF4th1stR2R2 7
Team Confederation 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Total
 GambiaCAF ××××××××××R2 1
 GermanyUEFA 1st2ndR1R1R1R2R1QFQFQFR2 11
 GhanaCAF ××××2nd4thQF2nd1st3rdR2 7
 GreeceUEFA R2 1
 GuatemalaCONCACAF R2 1
 GuineaCAF R1××R1 2
 HondurasCONCACAF R1R1R1R1R1R1R1R1 8
 HungaryUEFA R1R1R1R13rdR2 6
 IndonesiaAFC ×R1×××Q 2
 IranAFC R1××××××R1R1 3
 IraqAFC R1×QF×××R14th 4
 ItalyUEFA R1R1QFQFQF3rd4th 7
 Ivory CoastCAF R1××R1R1×R1R2 5
 JamaicaCONCACAF R1 1
 JapanAFC R1QFQF2ndR1QFR2R2R2R2 10
 JordanAFC ×××××××××R1 1
 KazakhstanUEFA[6] R1 1
 MalaysiaAFC ××R1 1
 MaliCAF ××××××R13rdR1R1R13rdQF 7
 MexicoCONCACAF 2ndR1R1R1QF×QFQFR2QFR1QF3rdR2R1QFR1 16
 MoroccoCAF R1R24th 3
 MyanmarAFC ××××××××××××R1 1
 NetherlandsUEFA QFR1QFQF 4
 New ZealandOFC R1R1R1R2R2R2 6
 NigeriaCAF ×R13rdR12ndQF2ndQFR2QFR2R2R2 12
 North KoreaAFC R1R1R1 3
 NorwayUEFA R1R1R1 3
 PanamaCONCACAF R1R1R1R1R1R2 6
 ParaguayCONMEBOL R1QFR1R1R24thR2R2R2 9
 PolandUEFA 4thR13rdR2R2 5
 PortugalUEFA QF1st1stR13rdR2R22ndR2QFQFR1 12
Team Confederation 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Total
 QatarAFC 2ndR1R1R1 4
 Republic of IrelandUEFA R1R13rdR2R2 5
 RomaniaUEFA 3rd 1
 Russia[1]UEFA 1st2ndR14thQF3rdQFQF 8
 Saudi ArabiaAFC R1R1R1R1R1R1R2R2R1 9
 ScotlandUEFA QFQFR1 3
 SenegalCAF ×××××4thR2QF 3
 Serbia[2]UEFA R11st1st 3
 SlovakiaUEFA R2 1
 South AfricaCAF ×××××××××R1R2R1R1 4
 South KoreaAFC R1R14thQFR1R1R1R2R1R1QFR2QFR22nd 15
 SpainUEFA R1QFR12ndR1QF4thQF1st2ndQFQFR2QFQF 15
 SwedenUEFA R1 1
  SwitzerlandUEFA R1 1
 SyriaAFC R1QFR1R2 4
 TahitiOFC R1R1 2
 TogoCAF ×××R1×××××××× 1
 Trinidad and TobagoCONCACAF R1R1 2
 TunisiaCAF R1R1 2
 TurkeyUEFA R1R2R2 3
 UkraineUEFA R2R2R21st 4
 United Arab EmiratesAFC R2QFQF 3
 United StatesCONCACAF R1R1R14thQFR2R2R2QFR2QFR1R1QFQFQF 16
 UruguayCONMEBOL 4th3rdQFQFR1QF2nd4thR2R2R12ndR24thR2 15
 UzbekistanAFC R1R1QFQF 4
 VanuatuOFC R1 1
 VenezuelaCONMEBOL R22nd 2
 VietnamAFC R1 1
 ZambiaCAF ××××××R1R2QF 3
Team Confederation 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Total

Ranking of teams by number of appearances

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Brazil 1816019772015Champions (1983, 1985, 1993, 2003, 2011)
 Argentina 167319792019Champions (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001*, 2005, 2007)
 Mexico 165519772019Runners-up (1977)
 United States 167419812019Fourth place (1989)
 Spain 156019772013Champions (1999)
 Uruguay 157719772019Runners-up (1997, 2013)
 Australia 158019812013Fourth place (1991, 1993*)
 South Korea 156219792019Runners-up (2019)
 Portugal 125519792019Champions (1989, 1991*)
 Nigeria 126119832019Runners-up (1989, 2005)
 Germany[3] 114019812017Champions (1981)
 England 113019812017Champions (2017)
 Japan 107219792019Runners-up (1999)
 Colombia 103119852019Third place (2003)
 Paraguay 94019772013Fourth place (2001)
 Costa Rica 94019892017Fourth place (2009)
 Saudi Arabia 93219852019Round 2 (2011, 2017)
 Russia[1] 84019771995Champions (1977)
 Egypt 83019812013Third place (2001)
 Canada 84019792007Quarterfinals (2003)
 Honduras 83319772019Round 1
 Ghana 73019932015Champions (2009)
 France 72219772019Champions (2013)
 Mali 73119892019Third place (1999, 2015)
 Italy 72219772019Third place (2017)
 Czech Republic[4] 62019832009Runners-up (2007)
 Chile 62019872013Third place (2007)
 Hungary 62019772015Third place (2009)
 Cameroon 62019812011Quarterfinals (1995)
 New Zealand 65520072019Round 2 (2015*, 2017, 2019)
 Panama 63120032019Round 2 (2019)
 Poland 53119792019Third place (1983)
 Republic of Ireland 52019852003Third place (1997)
 Austria 51019772015Fourth place (2007)
 China PR 52019832005Quarterfinals (1985)
 Ivory Coast 51019772003Round 2 (2003)
 Qatar 41119812019Runners-up (1981)
 Ukraine[1] 41120012019Champions (2019)
 Iraq 41019772013Fourth place (2013)
 Ecuador 42220012019Third place (2019)
 Netherlands 41019832005Quarterfinals (1983, 2001, 2005*)
 Uzbekistan[1] 42020032015Quarterfinals (2013, 2015)
 Syria 42019892005Quarterfinals (1991)
 South Africa 42219972019Round 2 (2009)
 Serbia[2] 31019792015Champions (1987, 2015)
 Morocco 31019772005Fourth place (2005)
 Senegal 33320152019Fourth place (2015)
 Scotland 31019832007Quarterfinals (1983, 1987)
 United Arab Emirates 31019972009Quarterfinals (2003*, 2009)
 Zambia 31019992017Quarterfinals (2017)
 Croatia[2] 32019992013Round 2 (1999, 2013)
 Turkey 31019932013Round 2 (2005, 2013*)
 Iran 31019772017Round 1
 North Korea 31020072015Round 1
 Norway 31119892019Round 1
 Venezuela 21020092017Runners-up (2017)
 East Germany 22019871989Third place (1987)
 Bulgaria 22019851987Quarterfinals (1985, 1987)
 Tunisia 21019771985Round 1
 Guinea 21019792017Round 1
 Indonesia 21019792021Round 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 21019912009Round 1
 Tahiti 21120092019Round 1
 Romania 11019811981Third place (1981)
 Algeria 11019791979Quarterfinals (1979)
 Belgium 11019971997Round 2 (1997)
 Angola 11020012001Round 2 (2001)
 Burkina Faso 11020032003Round 2 (2003)
 Slovakia[4] 11020032003Round 2 (2003)
 Congo 11020072007Round 2 (2007)
 Gambia 11020072007Round 2 (2007)
 Guatemala 11020112011Round 2 (2011)
 Greece 11020132013Round 2 (2013)
 Vanuatu 11020172017Round 1
 Vietnam 11020172017Round 1
 Bahrain 11019871987Round 1
 Togo 11019871987Round 1
 Sweden 11019911991Round 1
 Burundi 11019951995Round 1
 Malaysia 11019971997Round 1
 Kazakhstan[1] 11019991999Round 1
 Ethiopia 11020012001Round 1
 Finland 11020012001Round 1
 Jamaica 11020012001Round 1
 Benin 11020052005Round 1
  Switzerland 11020052005Round 1
 Jordan 11020072007Round 1
 Cuba 11020132013Round 1
 El Salvador 11020132013Round 1
 Fiji 11020152015Round 1
 Myanmar 11020152015Round 1
  • Sorted by appearances, best result, number of times that result was achieved, and first to achieve that result, in that order.
  • *: Tournament hosts.

Overall team records

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. 3 points per win, 1 point per draw and 0 points per loss.[7]

Accurate as of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Rank[8] Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
1  Brazil 1810372161523171+160232
2  Argentina 16825591816368+95174
3  Spain 157243131615077+73142
4  Uruguay 15733421189667+29123
5  Portugal 12573111158150+31104
6  United States 16662610309396-388
7  Ghana 74326987647+2987
8  Mexico 16652218259072+1884
9  Germany 1147249149151+4081
10  Nigeria 12562311228471+1380
11  South Korea 15601914277594-2071
12  Colombia 1043209146351+1269
13  France 73520696943+2666
14  Australia 15561615256389-2663
15  Russia[1] 8381711106244+1862
16  Japan 10431512165756+157
17  England 11451415164544+157
18  Paraguay 9361310134647-149
19  Italy 734138134443+147
20  Egypt 832125154545041
21  Chile 628125114748-141
22  Costa Rica 935124194162-2140
23  Czech Republic[4] 62691073431+337
24  Mali 731107144561-1637
25  Ukraine 41910633617+1936
26  Serbia[2] 31611233213+1935
27  Poland 52394103628+831
28  Republic of Ireland 5218583027+329
29  Netherlands 4178453020+1028
30  Iraq 4178362730-327
31  Hungary 62374123339-625
32  Cameroon 62174102836-825
33  China PR 5187382526-124
34  Ecuador 4186571918+123
35  Senegal 3166551820-223
36  Venezuela 211713248+1622
37  Saudi Arabia 92957172539-1422
38  Austria 52046101033-2318
39  Zambia 3125252223-117
40  New Zealand 62145122134-1317
41  United Arab Emirates 3145271226-1417
42  Canada 82745181650-3417
43  Syria 4144461323-1016
44  Morocco 3144371620-415
45  Honduras 82450192379-5615
46  Uzbekistan 41642102030-1014
47  East Germany 294141310+313
48  Romania 1641163+313
49  Scotland 3113351215-312
50  Croatia 3113351218-612
51  Turkey 3113261121-1011
52  Bulgaria 2832389-111
53  Qatar 4153210926-1711
54  Ivory Coast 5161781330-1710
55  Norway 392161715+27
56  Burkina Faso 1421121+17
57  Iran 39216819-117
58  South Africa 4131481125-157
59  Panama 61914141138-277
60  Slovakia 1420264+26
61  Gambia 1420246-26
62  Greece 1412145-15
63  Angola 1412134-15
64  Algeria 1412126-45
65  Congo 1411237-44
66  Belgium 14112414-104
67  Finland 1310224-23
68   Switzerland 1310225-33
69  Sweden 1310246-23
70  El Salvador 1310227-53
71  Fiji 13102411-73
72  Tunisia 26105313-103
73  Guatemala 14103112-113
74  North Korea 39036321-183
75  Benin 1302123-12
76  Jordan 1301236-31
77  Bahrain 1301214-31
78  Jamaica 1301216-51
79  Burundi 1301228-61
80  Vietnam 1301206-61
81  Trinidad and Tobago 26015218-161
82  Guinea 26015119-181
83  Ethiopia 1300348-40
84  Malaysia 1300329-70
85  Kazakhstan 1300319-80
86  Togo 1300319-80
87  Vanuatu 13003413-90
88  Cuba 13003110-90
89  Myanmar 13003213-110
90  Indonesia 13003016-160
91  Tahiti 26006035-350
Breakdown of successor teams
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Czechoslovakia (1977–1993) 7313101007
 Czech Republic (since 2001) 196942421327
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 West Germany (1977–1989) 12921267+1929
 Germany (since 1993) 35157136544+2152
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 East Germany (1987-1989) 94141310+313
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Soviet Union (1977–1991) 3014975232+2037
 Russia (since 1993) 83231012-211
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Yugoslavia (1977–1991) 9612229+1313
 Yugoslavia (1995-2001) 00000000
 Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2005) 00000000
 Serbia (since 2015) 7511104+616

Teams that have finished in the top four

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place
 Argentina 6 (1979, 1995, 1997, 20011, 2005, 2007) 1 (1983) 1 (2003)
 Brazil 5 (1983, 1985, 1993, 2003, 2011) 4 (1991, 1995, 2009, 2015) 3 (1977, 1989, 2005)
 Portugal 2 (1989, 19911) 1 (2011) 1 (1995)
 Serbia[2] 2 (1987, 2015)
 Ghana 1 (2009) 2 (1993, 2001) 1 (2013) 1 (1987)
 Spain 1 (1999) 2 (1985, 2003) 1 (1995)
 Soviet Union[1] 1 (1977) 1 (1979) 1 (1991) 1 (19851)
 Germany[3] 1 (1981) 1 (1987)
 England 1 (2017) 1 (1993) 1 (1981)
 France 1 (2013) 1 (2011)
 Ukraine 1 (2019)
 Uruguay 2 (1997, 2013) 1 (1979) 3 (1977, 1989, 2017)
 Nigeria 2 (1989, 2005) 1 (1985)
 Mexico 1 (1977) 1 (2011)
 South Korea 1 (2019) 1 (1983)
 Qatar 1 (1981)
 Japan 1 (1999)
 Czech Republic 1 (2007)
 Venezuela 1 (2017)
 Mali 2 (1999, 2015)
 Poland 1 (1983) 1 (1979)
 Chile 1 (2007) 1 (19871)
 Italy 1 (2017) 1 (2019)
 Romania 1 (1981)
 East Germany 1 (1987)
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1997)
 Egypt 1 (2001)
 Colombia 1 (2003)
 Hungary 1 (2009)
 Ecuador 1 (2019)
 Australia 2 (1991, 19931)
 United States 1 (1989)
 Paraguay 1 (2001)
 Morocco 1 (2005)
 Austria 1 (2007)
 Costa Rica 1 (2009)
 Iraq 1 (2013)
 Senegal 1 (2015)

Results of defending champions

Year Defending Champions Finish
1979  Soviet Union Runners-up
1981  Argentina Group Stage
1983  West Germany Did Not Qualify
1985  Brazil Champions
1987  Brazil Quarter-finals
1989  Yugoslavia Did Not Qualify
1991  Portugal Champions
1993  Portugal Group Stage
1995  Brazil Runners-up
1997  Argentina Champions
1999  Argentina Round of 16
2001  Spain Did Not Qualify
2003  Argentina Fourth Place
2005  Brazil Third Place
2007  Argentina Champions
2009  Argentina Did Not Qualify
2011  Ghana Did Not Qualify
2013  Brazil Did Not Qualify
2015  France Did Not Qualify
2017  Serbia Did Not Qualify
2019  England Did Not Qualify
2021  Ukraine TBD

Results of host nations

Year Host Nation Finish
1977  Tunisia Group Stage
1979  Japan Group Stage
1981  Australia Quarter-finals
1983  Mexico Group Stage
1985  Soviet Union Fourth Place
1987  Chile Fourth Place
1989  Saudi Arabia Group Stage
1991  Portugal Champions
1993  Australia Fourth Place
1995  Qatar Group Stage
1997  Malaysia Group Stage
1999  Nigeria Quarter-finals
2001  Argentina Champions
2003  United Arab Emirates Quarter-finals
2005  Netherlands Quarter-finals
2007  Canada Group Stage
2009  Egypt Quarter-finals
2011  Colombia Quarter-finals
2013  Turkey Round of 16
2015  New Zealand Round of 16
2017  South Korea Round of 16
2019  Poland Round of 16
2021  Indonesia TBD

See also

Notes

  1. The USSR was dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  2. The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke up in 1991 all the nations that formed this country now compete separately. FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of Yugoslavia.
  3. FIFA attributes all the results of West Germany (1977-1991) to Germany.
  4. Czechoslovakia was divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993 after the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as successor team of Czechoslovakia.
  5. Australia represented OFC before 2006.
  6. Kazakhstan represented AFC before 2000.
  7. "FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 Technical Report and Statistics" (PDF). FIFA. September 17, 2013.
  8. Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored. Note that this column does not represent any official rankings.

    References

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