The FIFA Men's Youth Olympic Football Tournament is an international youth football tournament organized by FIFA that has been held every fourth year as a successor to the Youth World Cup. The first tournament was staged in the summer of 2010 and it is scheduled to take place every alternate year thereafter. The event will feature both an Under-20 version of the game and an Under-19 competition, with players born no later than January 1995 eligible to compete. There will be a total of six teams in the finals, with each member of the panel granted entry to submit one nation application. The age restriction for this tournament is 19 years as on 31 December 2020 or 2021. A player can only register for one country at any given time throughout their career. This means that if a player makes their debut for one national team, they cannot subsequently represent another nation unless they have fulfilled the new country’s citizenship requirements.
- The terms ‘squad’ and ‘team’ are fairly interchangeable due to the event format and are used interchangeably throughout.
- The term ‘host nation’ refers to the country that is deemed to be the main organizer of the event and is often the same as the country that is hosting the final stages.
- The term ‘qualified’ refers to a team that has earned a place in the finals via their continental qualification tournaments or the knockout stages of the main Men’s Youth Olympic Football Tournament.
- The term ‘seeded’ refers to the ranking of a team at the beginning of the tournament that determines their placement in the knockout stages. The six teams are seeded one to six based on their performance at the continental qualification tournaments.
- The term ‘unseeded’ refers to the ranking of a team at the beginning of the tournament that determines their placement in the knockout stages. A different draw is used for this event then for the continental qualification tournaments.
- The term ‘round robin’ refers to the group stage of the tournament whereby each team will play the others in their group once. - The term ‘knockout stages’ refers to the subsequent stages of the tournament after the group stage whereby teams are eliminated once they have been defeated.
FIFA Men's Youth Olympic Tournament trophy
The trophy awarded to the winners of this tournament is known as the ‘FIFA Men’s Youth Olympic Football Tournament Trophy’ and it is also awarded to the winners of the main Men’s Youth Olympic Football Tournament. It was manufactured by the silversmiths Thomas Lyte and is formed from a combination of sterling silver and 22-carat gold. Its base is made from dark wood, as is its handle, and it stands at around 44cm high. The trophy features a silver-colored globe with a couple of football players standing on top of it. The designers have incorporated several different materials to create a unique piece that can speak to not only the players but also the millions of spectators who tune in to watch the tournament each year.
FIFA U-20 World Cup
This is the second-most important football competition for players who are under the age of 20. It has been held every two years since 1985 and is organized by FIFA. The next edition will be played between May and August of 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. In 2021, there will be a total of 24 participating teams. This tournament is often compared to the Olympic football tournament because it is also played for a trophy called the Youth Championship. The 2021 U-20 World Cup is expected to feature 24 teams, up from the 16 teams that competed in 2017. The host nation will be the United Arab Emirates and the event will take place between May and June 2021. The qualification process for the tournament will begin in September 2019, with continental championships and a round-robin system used to decide the participants.
FIFA U-19 World Cup
This is the most important football competition for players under the age of 19. It has been held every two years since 1985 and is organized by FIFA. The next edition will be played between October and November of 2021 in Qatar. In 2021, there will be 12 participating teams. This tournament is often compared to the Olympic football tournament because it is also played for a trophy called the Youth Championship. The 2021 U-19 World Cup will feature 12 teams, down from the 16 teams that competed in 2017. The host nation will be Qatar and the tournament will take place between October 2021 and November 2021.
The FIFA Men's Youth Olympic Tournament is a prestigious event that will provide the next generation of football stars with the perfect stage to show their talent, skill, and potential. Over the years, many famous footballers have made their mark at this tournament, including the likes of Michael Owen and Lionel Messi. This tournament is also a fantastic opportunity for less-established players to make their name and become the next big thing. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a promising youngster with a big dream, the FIFA Men's Youth Olympic Tournament will be a life-changing experience and a football adventure that you will never forget.