U-20 World Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweden and Germany are the only countries to have won two consecutive U-20 World Cups.
|Edition||Date||Weather||Champion||Result||Runner-up||Arena (Owner team)||Attendance|
( ? )
|Final 30||31/05/2020||Belgium||Deutschland||Arena "Storgozia"|
( Storgozia FC )
|Final 29||20/10/2019||USA||Italia||Kazakhstan National Team Arena|
( Like )
|Final 28||10/03/2019||Italia||Deutschland||Linköpings Sporthall|
( Linköpings Innebandy Crusaders )
|Final 27||29/07/2018||România||Nederland||El Monumental Kasique|
( El Kaiser )
|Final 26||17/12/2017||Danmark||Belarus||Richfield Coliseum|
( Cleveland Crunch SC )
|Final 25||07/05/2017||Schweiz||Belgium||FC Hyderabad Arena|
( FC Hyderabad )
|Final 24||25/09/2016||Deutschland||Chile||Green Island Staduim|
( FC boissy )
( Heimagjørdir úr Funningsfirði )
( Dorobantii FC )
|Final 21||23/11/2014||Norge||Suomi||Dynamite Bowl|
( Super Youngsters )
|Final 20||13/04/2014||Italia||Deutschland||Crissolo (CN)|
( Mahüber Gerva Camorezzonico )
( Bokfinken A Busters )
|Final 18||20/01/2013||Nederland||Belgium||Paskavuori, Heinäpää|
( Dynamo FC )
|Final 17||10/06/2012||Deutschland||Polska||Juan Magallón|
( Los Galactikos F.C. )
|Final 16||30/10/2011||Italia||Norge||Miejsce na Twoją reklamę|
( Nowy Myśliwiec )
|Final 15||20/03/2011||Belgium||España||Artemio Franchi|
( Fiorentina A.C. )
|Final 14||08/08/2010||Deutschland||Magyarország||Cyrus the Great|
( Apadana )
|Final 13||27/12/2009||Deutschland||Italia||Osaka Dome|
( Team Japan )
|Final 12||17/05/2009||Italia||France||Moi International Sports Complex|
( Nairobi CF )
|Final 11||05/10/2008||România||España||Sokos Hotel Vantaa Arena|
( Tikkurilan tikkukepit )
|Final 10||24/02/2008||Eesti||Polska||L Stadio|
( Equipo L )
|Final 9||15/07/2007||Deutschland||México||Skeln End|
( Waylander )
|Final 8||03/12/2006||Sverige||Eesti||Camp Dubi|
( F.C Dubim )
|Final 7||23/04/2006||Norge||Österreich||Parque Hundido del antiguo pueblo de Mixcoac|
( Bombarderos de Mixcoac )
( Juventus Calcio )
|Final 5||30/01/2005||România||Nederland||Monumental "David Arellano"|
( Colo-Colo de Chile )
|Final 4||20/06/2004||Norge||España||Cactus Arena|
( Cactus )
|Final 3||09/11/2003||România||Polska||Romania U20 World Champion|
( Oldies Bucharest )
|Final 2||30/03/2003||Sverige||England||TEAM LORDY Arena|
( TEAM LORDY )
|Final 1||18/08/2002||Sverige||Oceania||Grüne Wiese|
( Dorfkicker Champions )
- (^ 1) Click on match result to link to the Hattrick.org source page.
- ( ) = half time result
- AET = extra time
- pen. = penalties
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. :)
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