Quick Bit: Teams are beginning to qualify around the world for the men’s FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 with 24 teams which will book their ticket to Indonesia to play for the prestigious youth championship. The tournament returns after the 2021 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

MORE: Which teams qualified to the men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup?

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
Total Berths
Africa
CAF
4
Asia
AFC
4
Europe
UEFA
5
North America
CONCACAF
4
Oceania
OFC
2
South America
CONMEBOL
4

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.

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Which teams have qualified for U20 World Cup 2023?

Currently, only Indonesia has officially qualified as hosts of the men’s 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

North America, Europe and Oceania will also hold 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
(last)
Best finish
1.
Asia
Indonesia
Dec. 24, 2020
Tournament host
2 of 23 (1979)
Group Stage (1979)
2.
Europe
TBD
June 24, 2022
UEFA U-19 semifinalist

3.
Europe
TBD
June 24, 2022
UEFA U-19 semifinalist

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

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