U-20 World Cup

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The U-20 World Cup was a national teams tournament for under 20-yo players. It was played a total of 31 editions from global season 16 (July 2002), and follows the same format of the senior World Cup.

Starting from global season 77 (January 2021), the U-20 World Cup was replaced by the U-21 World Cup.

Unlike the senior World Cup, the Under 20 World Cup tournament offers more chances to make a good result for motivated teams even with a smaller user base or a shorter history in Hattrick. The competition rewards organization and training in the short term since players only have access to the national team until their 21st birthday and only very few players are able to take part in two consecutive campaigns.

Format

A new U20 World Cup starts as soon as the previous one is completed, with an election for a two seasons mandate. The qualifying round takes the first season and begins with the participation of all U-20 national teams active in the Hattrick World. Seeding for the next U-20 World Cup is based on ranking, which is determined by previous World Cup results.

At its peak, 128 national teams took part to Qualifications in 16 "double round-robin" groups of 8 teams each. 32 teams, the top two in each group, move on to the next stage and qualify for the World Cup hosted by one country previously determined by the Hattrick Team. Three round-robin group stages are then played, 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 U-20 World Cup Final, played on last Sunday of second season at 20:00 HT.

Editions

Nineteen countries were or are being visited so far for the final rounds of the U-20 World Cup. Oceania has been visited once, Africa and South America twice each, North America and Asia thrice each - the others times the host was from Europe.

U-20 WC Edition
Edition Host (Final Position) Season(s) Teams Champions Runner-up Semi-finalists
U-20 WC 31  Argentina
()
71-72 128  [[|]]  [[|]]  [[|]]
 [[|]]
U-20 WC 30  Bulgaria
(13-16 - R3)
71-72 128  Deutschland  Belgium  España
 USA
U-20 WC 29  Kazakhstan
(33-48 - Q)
71-72 128  USA  Italia  Ireland
 Česká republika
U-20 WC 28  Sverige
(65-81 - Q)
69-70 128  Italia  Deutschland  España
 Rossiya
U-20 WC 27  El Salvador
(97-112 - Q)
67-68 128  România  Nederland  Colombia
 Polska
U-20 WC 26  USA
(17 - 32 Q)
65-66 128  Danmark  Belarus  Deutschland
 Schweiz
U-20 WC 25  Pakistan
(49 - 64 Q)
63-64 128  Schweiz  Belgium  Česká republika
 Chile
U-20 WC 24  Côte d'Ivoire
(97-112 - Q)
61-62 128  Deutschland  Chile  England
 România
U-20 WC 23  Føroyar
(49-64 - Q)
59-60 128  Nederland  Belgium  USA
 Iran
U-20 WC 22  România
(97-112 - Q)
57-58 128  Deutschland  Malta  Suomi
 Oman
U-20 WC 21  Belgium
(13-16 - R3)
55-56 128  Norge  Suomi  Polska
 Slovensko
U-20 WC 20  Italia
(Champions)
53-54 128  Italia  Eesti  France
 Suomi
U-20 WC 19  Norge
(49-64 - Q)
51-52 128  Suomi  Schweiz  Deutschland
 Österreich
U-20 WC 18  Suomi
(3-4 - SF)
49-50 128  Nederland  Belgium  Suomi
 Polska
U-20 WC 17  Panama
(81-96 - Q)
47-48 128  Deutschland  Polska  Italia
 France
U-20 WC 16  Polska
(13-16 - R3)
45-46 128  Italia  Norge  Suomi
 Kazakhstan
U-20 WC 15  Bosna i Hercegovina
(49-64 - Q)
43-44 124  Belgium  España  England
 Polska
U-20 WC 14  Iran
(17-24 - R2)
41-42 124  Deutschland  Magyarország  España
 France
U-20 WC 13  Canada
(25-32 - R2)
39-40 124  Deutschland  Italia  Nederland
 Argentina
U-20 WC 12  Kenya
(97-112 - Q)
37-38 124  Italia  France  Belgium
 Norge
U-20 WC 11  Suomi
(33-48 - Q)
35-36 122  România  España  Deutschland
 Italia
U-20 WC 10  Perú
(17-24 - R2)
33-34 118  Eesti  Polska  England
 Schweiz
U-20 WC 09  Malaysia
(33-48 - Q)
31-32 114  Deutschland  México  Česká republika
 Suomi
U-20 WC 08  Israel
(49-64 - Q)
29-30 108  Sverige  Eesti  Österreich
 Belgium
U-20 WC 07  México
(7-8 - R4)
27-28 102  Norge  Österreich  Sverige
 Belgium
U-20 WC 06  Italia
(9-12 - R3)
25-26 92  Eesti  España  USA
 Deutschland
U-20 WC 05  Chile
(49-64 - Q)
23-24 82  România  Nederland  Eesti
 Deutschland
U-20 WC 04  Misr
(7-8 - R3)
22 40  Norge  España  Nederland
 România
U-20 WC 03  România
(Champions)
20 40  România  Polska  Eesti
 Österreich
U-20 WC 02  Oceania
(7-8 - R3)
18 40  Sverige  England  Danmark
 USA
U-20 WC 01  Deutschland
(13-16 - R2)
16 40  Sverige  Oceania  USA
 England


Germany hosted the first U-20 WC in season 16, just one season after the first World Cup had been played. The first U-20 WC 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.

Medals

Seven Countries won the gold medal more than once: Netherlands and Estonia twice; Norway and Sweden thrice; Romania and Italy four and Germany six times. Germany also won the most medals.

updated: 07/2020
Nation Champion
Gold
Runner-up
Silver
Semi-finalist
Bronze
Total
 Deutschland 6 1 5 12
 Italia 4 2 2 8
 România 4 0 2 6
 Norge 3 1 1 5
 Sverige 3 0 1 4
 Eesti 2 2 2 6
 Nederland 2 2 2 6
 Belgium 1 3 3 7
 Suomi 1 1 5 7
 Schweiz 1 1 2 4
 USA 1 0 4 5
 Danmark 1 0 1 2
 España 0 4 2 6
 Polska 0 3 4 7
 England 0 1 4 5
 Österreich 0 1 3 4
 France 0 1 3 4
 Chile 0 1 1 2
 Magyarország 0 1 0 1
 Malta 0 1 0 1
 México 0 1 0 1
 Oceania 0 1 0 1
 Belarus 0 1 0 1
 Česká republika 0 0 3 3
 Argentina 0 0 1 1
 Iran 0 0 1 1
 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
 Oman 0 0 1 1
 Slovensko 0 0 1 1
 Colombia 0 0 1 1
 Rossiya 0 0 1 1
 Ireland 0 0 1 1

Finals

Sweden and Germany are the only countries to have won two consecutive U-20 World Cups.

EditionDateWeatherChampionResult[1]Runner-upArena (Owner team)Attendance
Final 31 10/01/2021Partially Cloudy [[|]] - {{{2}}}
( {{{3}}} - {{{4}}} )
 [[|]]?
( ? )
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Final 30 31/05/2020Sunny Belgium1 - 2
( 1 - 0 )
 DeutschlandArena "Storgozia"
( Storgozia FC )
232 648
Final 29 20/10/2019Partially Cloudy USA4 - 1
( 4 - 1 )
 ItaliaKazakhstan National Team Arena
( Like )
202 247
Final 28 10/03/2019Rainy Italia4 - 3
( 1 - 2 )
 DeutschlandLinköpings Sporthall
( Linköpings Innebandy Crusaders )
180 065
Final 27 29/07/2018Partially Cloudy România2 - 1 AET
1 (0) - (0) 1
 NederlandEl Monumental Kasique
( El Kaiser )
210 160
Final 26 17/12/2017Partially Cloudy Danmark1 - 0
( 0 - 0 )
 BelarusRichfield Coliseum
( Cleveland Crunch SC )
200 213
Final 25 07/05/2017Sunny Schweiz4 - 1
( 2 - 0 )
 BelgiumFC Hyderabad Arena
( FC Hyderabad )
196 775
Final 24 25/09/2016Overcast Deutschland3 - 0
( 2 - 0 )
 ChileGreen Island Staduim
( FC boissy )
107 269
Final 23 14/02/2016Rainy Nederland3 - 1
( 2 - 1 )
 BelgiumHF-Arena
( Heimagjørdir úr Funningsfirði )
129 330
Final 22 05/07/2015Rainy Deutschland6 - 2
( 3 - 2 )
 MaltaOlimpico
( Dorobantii FC )
131 169
Final 21 23/11/2014Partially Cloudy Norge3 - 1
( 1 - 1 )
 SuomiDynamite Bowl
( Super Youngsters )
135 000
Final 20 13/04/2014Partially Cloudy Italia6 - 4 pen.
3 3 (2) - (2) 3 3
 DeutschlandCrissolo (CN)
( Mahüber Gerva Camorezzonico )
333 215
Final 19 01/09/2013Partially Cloudy Suomi3 - 2
( 2 - 1 )
 SchweizHekkeløkka
( Bokfinken A Busters )
153 292
Final 18 20/01/2013Partially Cloudy Nederland3 - 1
( 2 - 1 )
 BelgiumPaskavuori, Heinäpää
( Dynamo FC )
163 229
Final 17 10/06/2012Overcast Deutschland5 - 0
( 4 - 0 )
 PolskaJuan Magallón
( Los Galactikos F.C. )
161 781
Final 16 30/10/2011Partially Cloudy Italia2 - 0
( 1 - 0 )
 NorgeMiejsce na Twoją reklamę
( Nowy Myśliwiec )
157 289
Final 15 20/03/2011Overcast Belgium2 - 1
( 2 - 1 )
 EspañaArtemio Franchi
( Fiorentina A.C. )
127 223
Final 14 08/08/2010Sunny Deutschland2 - 0
( 1 - 0 )
 MagyarországCyrus the Great
( Apadana )
164 151
Final 13 27/12/2009Partially Cloudy Deutschland2 - 1 AET
1 (0) - (1) 1
 ItaliaOsaka Dome
( Team Japan )
125 000
Final 12 17/05/2009Rainy Italia5 - 0
( 2 - 0 )
 FranceMoi International Sports Complex
( Nairobi CF )
105 549
Final 11 05/10/2008Sunny România6 - 3
( 2 - 1 )
 EspañaSokos Hotel Vantaa Arena
( Tikkurilan tikkukepit )
159 635
Final 10 24/02/2008Overcast Eesti3 - 2
( 1 - 2 )
 PolskaL Stadio
( Equipo L )
88 953
Final 9 15/07/2007Overcast Deutschland4 - 3
( 1 - 3 )
 MéxicoSkeln End
( Waylander )
158 001
Final 8 03/12/2006Overcast Sverige4 - 2
( 3 - 0 )
 EestiCamp Dubi
( F.C Dubim )
190 203
Final 7 23/04/2006Partially Cloudy Norge2 - 1 AET
1 (1) - (0) 1
 ÖsterreichParque Hundido del antiguo pueblo de Mixcoac
( Bombarderos de Mixcoac )
160 034
Final 6 11/09/2005Sunny Eesti4 - 2
( 2 - 0 )
 EspañaStarCalcio
( Juventus Calcio )
142 350
Final 5 30/01/2005Partially Cloudy România3 - 2
( 0 - 2 )
 NederlandMonumental "David Arellano"
( Colo-Colo de Chile )
140 000
Final 4 20/06/2004Sunny Norge4 - 2
( 2 - 1 )
 EspañaCactus Arena
( Cactus )
77 182
Final 3 09/11/2003Partially Cloudy România2 - 1 pen.
1 1 (1) - (1) 1 1
 PolskaRomania U20 World Champion
( Oldies Bucharest )
83 862
Final 2 30/03/2003Overcast Sverige2 - 0
( 1 - 0 )
 EnglandTEAM LORDY Arena
( TEAM LORDY )
66 221
Final 1 18/08/2002Partially Cloudy Sverige7 - 0
( 3 - 0 )
 OceaniaGrüne Wiese
( Dorfkicker Champions )
55 844


Legend
(^ 1) Click on match result to link to the Hattrick.org source page.
( ) = half time result
AET = extra time
pen. = penalties


HT-Press

Interview with U-20 Golden coaches

Written by Allmidy (26/12/2015 16:12)

One can say that, being the coach of a U-20 National Team, requests a lot of responsibility about touching your goal/limit and making sure the community is happy about their country's results. But, the real hero is the user who manages to receive the gold medal at the World Cup.
How does it feel to succeed? We asked it to the "Golden coaches", the managers who won the World Cup: the elite of the elite.
Here are the replies of the gold medal winning U-20 Coaches.


WC IV, Norge, user:kontravass (106853)
I followed the players since they were 17y.o., so I was very dedicated at the time. The rules were very different back then and gold was the only option. Even though I couldn't be sure I was elected. It meant a lot at the time, but no one remember now, so I only think about it when someone asks questions like this.
The game has changed a lot since then, so there will be no 2nd try for me. I'm a lousy coach :-)


WC VI, Eesti, user:muttaja (140531)
Our team was not the favorite till the final, so I had no pressure and was playing one match at a time.
About the final: I was taking a bus from my parents home town to the university I was attending.
I remember the adrenaline when I saw the clock in the front of the bus turning to 21:00 (local time when the final started).
My friends were waiting me (with some beers) in a park and they were sending me messages when something happened in the match. I guess I joined them in the beginning of the second half, but I dont recall anything particular about the winning emotion."


WC VII, Norge, user:Niero (115305)
First of all it was an honour to get elected. Secondly it was a big pressure from the community, but even more from my older brother, kontravass (106853), who won the World Cup two years before. The feeling I had when U-20 Norge won the World Cup Final, with counter attack and as big underdogs, was overwhelming.


WC XI, Romania, user:mastercyb (317219)
Leading a national team is the ultimate experience in HT. Getting to communicate with so many different users and carrying the expectations of thousand (or tens of thousands) is something that cannot be described in words. Winning the gold medal was then the top of the iceberg and I can still remember (7 years later) how I was walking down the streets of Philadelphia, smiling/laughing (even a few days after the game). These are the moments one can never forget.


WC XII, Italy, user:Mokiforever (1585064)
Although we are speaking about a small part of an online game, I felt myself very proud when I managed U20 Italy; I was in charge to manage the team and the focus of the attention of U20's followers (many more than today) was on me.
When I won the gold medal, I was really happy for Italy but also for myself, because I had been the first to win it in Italy and I thought: "Wow, I realized a dream dating back to a lot of time ago!"


WC XIII, Deutschland, user:McDrops (3153052)
It was so much fun to work in a team and try to find the right tactic. The championship was the confirmation that we were the best .... or maybe just the luckiest :)
The feeling I had after the final night was a mix of relief and euphoria. The semi-final and the final were so thrilling and still the most exhausting games of my whole Hattrick career. Only 5 minutes between total disappointment and frustration facing the sure defeat, finding new hope and finally celebrating an unbelievable victory.


WC XIV, Deutschland, user:Anni‑Frid (1034900)
It was a very fascinating but also exhausting time. Thankfully, many people were supporting me during the campaign. The discussion about the tactics for the final was very amusing because we were clearly superior to Hungary so that we even thought about playing PIC just for fun.
Eventually, we played MOTS (of course) but we passed up a golden opportunity to win the final by playing it cool. At least, we had found a player with a perfect name for a world champion so the final was Bendix Best's (249456313) first and only match for the German national U20-team. After the match we paraded in our cars through the city, honking and singing. Nobody else knew why we were celebrating but we had so much fun. :D


WC XV, Belgium, user:Chippen17 (1531275
I compare it with a good F1-driver who -with help of a great team behind him- manages to become a world champion.
Elleke (5009724) and his U17-scouting, Purple_man's (1981103) dedicated training teams and assistants like Strobbe (3888748), blaerie78 and Pettachi (2125885) who where there every week helping to find the perfect line-up. These are the things that lead to the most beautiful moment in my HT-career.


WC XVI, Italy, user:regia5 (911825)
National teams are a game inside the game. For me it is obvious to compare them to real football: to be immortal, to legitimize yourself, you have to win the World Cup. If you do, you reach the Olympus. The main difference consists that you do this pretty much by yourself in HT and not with the help of twenty team mates. To be the one and only in history who has won two World Cups (U20 and NT), in two different nations, just states the obvious: I am the number one.


WC XVIII, Nederland, user:Schumi- (804797)
Leading one of the biggest nations involves mostly a lot of hard work. Hard work in analyzing opponents, but also in communication to owners of the players and trying to optimize training schedules. Winning the World Cup was just as much of a relief as it was satisfying. It was a reward for hard work and a chance to give something back to the community of which so many people contributed to this success.


WC XX, Italy, user:zagortenay (3922049)
Managing the Italian team has been a great honor for me and I've been lucky to be able to do so in 4 different times, guiding both NT and U20 team.
I was full of emotions when I won the U20 gold medal and a personal revenge for the bad luck I had during my first NT run (Sweden NT crushed me because of a 12 hours unplanned downtime) and in the third one (an abysmal semifinal loss against Slovenija).


WC XXII, Deutschland, user:timh1704 (11006315)
To be honest, I felt exhausted/empty but very happy. The night after, I was a bit restless. ;)
It was very time consuming to deal with the U20 and it is not always easy to justify your behaviour towards people on the forum and managers training prospects. However, it was a pleasant time with a lucky end on my side. :)


World Cup

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 ·