FIFA U-18 World Cup?

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FIFA U-18 World Cup?

mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

28 Oct 2017, 12:21 #1

Apparently the FIFA Council looking to introduce an U-18 World Cup to be held annually, although the existing U17 & U20 tournaments could be dropped. Depending on how quickly this all happens (if it even does), and results in India later today, England could end up being double world champions for the indefinite future, might need to stock up on those custard creams now...

As much as I'm a fan of getting new tournaments in, replacement isn't really the way to go in my opinion, will end up making a few of the 'older' continental youth tournaments have a bit less meaning. Although for the opportunities to qualify, replacing two biennial tournaments of 24 teams with one annual 48-team event basically doubles a nation's chances of reaching a FIFA tournament...

Also worth mentioning that a FIFA U-18 tournament would be a bit of a throwback...
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

29 Oct 2017, 21:47 #2

FIFA would do well to standardise age group competitions across continents (i.e. not having Euro U-21 tournament as qualifier for an U-23 Olympics).
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

30 Oct 2017, 09:36 #3

I guess in the case of the Olympics the Euro U-21 tournament is U-23 in all but name anyway, they just fail to accommodate the extra year's difference from Euros to Olympics meaning some players might miss out (especially if someone more senior gets chosen as an overager). Other than that the tournaments aren't really synchronised by name around the world but they are in nature.

Don't know how they're planning to do qualifying for an U-18 World Cup each year though, for Europe would it basically be 'everyone who qualifies for the previous year's Euros'?
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