U-20 World Cup
The U-20 World Cup is an international tournament for National Teams. A new U-20 World Cup campaign is started nearly as soon as the old campaign is completed, which takes two seasons. The tournament is being held for the twelfth time currently.
The final rounds of a U-20 World Cup campaign are hosted by one nation. This nation is determined by the HTs. U-20 World Cup XII will be held in Kenya, the second African country organising the final rounds. The first U-20 World Cup was hosted in season 16 by Deutschland, one season after the first World Cup had been played. The first U-20 World Cup started with the 40 top teams according to the ranking. The other 10 teams competed for a minor cup called Emerging Leagues U20 Cup at the same time. Twelve countries were or are being visited so far for the final rounds of the U-20 World Cup. Oceania and North America were both visited once, Africa, Asia and South America twice each and Europe four times.
Unlike the World Cup, the U-20 World Cup offers a lot of chances to motivated teams that don't have a big user base or aren't in Hattrick for many seasons. This is due to the fact that players in the U-20 are very young and have to be exchanged quite often in favour of younger ones. Thus each nation has to train new players all the time and they can't resort on their old glories.
Five countries managed to win the U-20 World Cup so far. Deutschland once, Eesti and Norge twice. România and Sverige were victorious thrice. Most medals, five, were won by Eesti. Sverige is the only country to have won two consecutive U-20 World Cups.
The qualification round starts with U-20 national teams from all countries that are a part of Hattrick at the start of the campaign.
|This is an extract from the Hattrick rules, Chapter 22|
|The world cup format
The World Cup begins every second season and starts with a qualification round. 32 teams advance from this round to the World Cup. There are three round-robin group stages, with 4 teams to a group and the top two teams qualifying for the next stage. The final two rounds are playoff matches, beginning with the semi-finals and culminating in the World Cup Final. The U-20 World Cup begins a season after the World Cup, and follows the same format.
Seeding for World Cup Round I is based on ranking, which is determined by previous World Cup results. When no World Cup matches are scheduled, the national teams can play friendlies.
U-20 World Cup Index
Japan & Korea 15 · Argentina 17 · Netherlands 19 · USA 21 · Spain 23 · Brazil 25 · China 27 · Germany 29 · Russia 31 · Portugal 33 · Belgium 35 · Colombia 37 · Greece 39 · Thailand 41 · South Africa 43 · India 45 · Trinidad and Tobago 47 · Israel 49 · Montenegro 51 · Tunisia 53 · Brazil 55 · Andorra 57 · Indonesia 59 · Estonia 61 · France 63 · Guatemala 65 · Oceania 67 · Latvia 69 · Croatia 71 · Benin 73 · Cameroon 75 ·
|U-20 World Cup|
Germany 16 · Oceania 18 · Romania 20 · Egypt 22 · Chile 24 · Italy 26 · Mexico 28 · Israel 30 · Malaysia 32 · Peru 34 · Finland 36 · Kenya 38 · Canada 40 · Iran 42 · Bosnia Herzegovina 44 · Poland 46 · Panama 48 · Finland 50 · Norway 52 · Italy 54 · Belgium 56 · Romania 58 · Faroe Islands 60 · Ivory Coast 62 · Pakistan 64 · USA 66 · El Salvador 68 · Sweden 70 · Kazakhstan 72 · Bulgaria 74 · Argentina 76 ·