The official match ball used in the tournament was Adidas Oceaunz.
|Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2023|
|Dates||20 May – 11 June|
|Teams||24 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Uruguay (1st title)|
|Fourth place||South Korea|
|Goals scored||154 (2.96 per match)|
|Attendance||692,084 (13,309 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Cesare Casadei|
|Best player(s)||Cesare Casadei|
|Best goalkeeper||Sebastiano Desplanches|
|Fair play award||United States|
The tournament was held in Argentina, who had previously hosted in 2001. Indonesia had originally been set to host the competition, having been hosts of the cancelled 2021 edition, but their hosting rights were stripped on 29 March 2023 due to their refusal to host Israel.
Ukraine, the reigning champions, could not defend their title as they failed to qualify. Hosts Argentina were knocked out in the round of 16 after three wins in the group stage. The final was held on 11 June 2023, and Uruguay defeated Italy to become champions for the first time. It was the country's first world title since the men's senior in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Five bids to host the original 2021 tournament were submitted in 2019, and Indonesia was announced as the winning bidder on 24 October 2019. In December 2020, the 2021 event was postponed until 2023, with Indonesia remaining as host.
However, Indonesia was stripped of hosting rights on 29 March 2023 due to its refusal to host Israel. Peru, Argentina and Qatar confirmed their interest in hosting the tournament. On 30 March, Argentina became the only country to submit an official bid.
On 17 April 2023, at a press conference jointly held by economy minister Sergio Massa, tourism and sports minister Matías Lammens, and the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia, it was announced that Argentina would host the tournament, followed shortly after by a statement from FIFA confirming Argentina as the new hosts. Argentina will thus become the second nation to host the U-20 World Cup twice (having previously hosted it in 2001). Australia is the other nation that had hosted it twice (1981 and 1993).
A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament. Teams qualified from six continental competitions.
The Dominican Republic and Israel made their debut in the competition; this was the Dominican Republic's first-ever qualification for a FIFA tournament. Having qualified for the 1970 FIFA World Cup via the Asian qualification, this was the first FIFA tournament for which Israel qualified as a European representative.
Argentina qualified for the tournament as the host country in place of Indonesia, even though they originally had failed to qualify through the 2023 South American U-20 Championship. Indonesia had also failed to qualify for the competition and lost its automatic spot in the WC when the tournament was moved to Argentina.
|Confederation||Qualifying tournament||Team||Appearance||Last appearance||Previous best performance|
|2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup||Iraq||5th||2013||Fourth place (2013)|
|South Korea||16th||2019||Runners-up (2019)|
|Uzbekistan||5th||2015||Quarter-finals (2013, 2015)|
|2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations||Gambia||2nd||2007||Round of 16 (2007)|
|Nigeria||13th||2019||Runners-up (1989, 2005)|
|Senegal||4th||2019||Fourth place (2015)|
|Tunisia||3rd||1985||Group stage (1977, 1985)|
(Central, North America
|2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship||Dominican Republic||1st||Debut||Debut|
|Guatemala||2nd||2011||Round of 16 (2011)|
|Honduras||9th||2019||Group stage (1977, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019)|
|United States||17th||2019||Fourth place (1989)|
|Host nation||Argentina||17th||2019||Champions (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007)|
|2023 South American U-20 Championship||Brazil||19th||2015||Champions (1983, 1985, 1993, 2003, 2011)|
|Colombia||11th||2019||Third place (2003)|
|Ecuador||5th||2019||Third place (2019)|
|Uruguay||16th||2019||Runners-up (1997, 2013)|
|2022 OFC U-19 Championship||Fiji||2nd||2015||Group stage (2015)|
|New Zealand||7th||2019||Round of 16 (2015, 2017, 2019)|
|2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship||England||12th||2017||Champions (2017)|
|Italy||8th||2019||Third place (2017)|
|Slovakia||2nd||2003||Round of 16 (2003)|
La Plata, Mendoza, San Juan and Santiago del Estero were the four cities chosen to host the competition.
|La Plata||Santiago del Estero||Mendoza||San Juan|
|Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona||Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas||Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario|
|Capacity: 53,000||Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 25,286|
The draw took place at 16:00 CEST (11:00 ART host time) on 21 April 2023 at FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. The twenty-four teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts, Argentina, automatically seeded to Pot 1 and placed into the first position of Group A, while the remaining teams were seeded into their respective pots based on their results in the last five FIFA U-20 World Cups (more recent tournaments weighted more heavily) as follows:
Furthermore, five bonus points were added to each of the six continental champions from the qualifying tournaments.
|1||Argentina (H)||CONMEBOL||Host nation, automatically asigned to Pot 1|
The draw started with teams from pot one being drawn first and placed in the first position of their groups (hosts Argentina automatically assigned to A1). Then were drawn the teams from pot 2, followed by pot 3 and pot 4, with each team also drawn to one of the positions within their group, No group could contain more than one team from each confederation. The ceremony was presented by Samantha Johnson and conducted by FIFA Director of Tournaments Jaime Yarza, with the former footballers Juan Pablo Sorín, from Argentina, and David Trezeguet, from France, acting as draw assistants.
The draw resulted in the following groups:
A total of nineteen refereeing trios (a referee and two assistant referees), six support referees, and eighteen video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament. On 19 May, Swiss referee Sandro Schärer withdrew due to an injury and was replaced by José María Sánchez Martínez.
|Confederation||Referees||Assistant referees||Video assistant referees||Support referee|
|AFC||Yusuke Araki|| Jun Mihara |
| Ahmad Muhammad Darwish |
|Mohammed Al-Hoaish|| Khalaf Zayid Ash-Shammari|
Yasir Abdullah As-Sultan
|Salman Falahi|| Ramzan Sa'id An-Nu'aimi|
Majid Hudairis Ash-Shammari
|CAF||Muhammad Maarouf|| Zakaria Burinsi |
Abbas Akram Zarhouni
| Hamza Al-Fariq |
Umar Ahmad Abdulrahim Ash-Shinawi
|Abdulaziz Muhammad Bouh|
|Abongile Tom|| Ivanildo Meirelles de Oliveira Sanches Lopes|
Abelmiro dos Reis Monte Negro
|Issa Sy|| Nouha Bangoura|
Adou Hermann Désiré Ngoh
|CONCACAF||Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava|| Enrique Isaac Bustos Díaz |
Jorge Antonio Sánchez Espinoza
| Adonai Escobedo |
|Juan Gabriel Calderón|| William Arrieta|
|Oshane Nation|| Ojay Duhaney|
|CONMEBOL||Ramon Abatti|| Rafael da Silva Alves |
Guilherme Dias Camilo
| Germán Delfino |
|Piero Maza|| Claudio Urrutia|
|Jhon Alexander Ospina Londoño|| John León|
|Yael Falcón Pérez|| Maximiliano Del Yesso|
|OFC||Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh|| Folio Moeaki |
|UEFA||François Letexier|| Cyril Mugnier |
| Luis Godinho |
Aleandro Di Paolo
Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
|Serdar Gözübüyük|| Erwin Zeinstra|
|José María Sánchez Martínez|| Raúl Cabanero Martínez|
Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín
|Glenn Nyberg|| Mahbod Beigi|
|Halil Umut Meler|| Mustafa Emre Eyisoy|
Players born between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2007 (inclusive) were eligible to compete in the tournament.
Each team had to name a preliminary squad of between 22 and 50 players. From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 21 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad could be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.
The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advanced to the round of 16.
All times are in local, Argentina time (UTC–3).
The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):
If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined by:
|1||Argentina (H)||3||3||0||0||10||1||+9||9||Knockout stage|
| ||Report|| |
|Nematjonov 9', 20'||Report|
|1||United States||3||3||0||0||6||0||+6||9||Knockout stage|
| ||Report||Szolgai 29'|
|Turgeman 57' (pen.)||Report|
|P. Diop 80'||Report||B. N'Diaye 58' (o.g.)|
|Cortés 90+5'||Report||Camara 30'|
|Sakamoto 45+1'||Report|| |
|Report||Azcona 23' (pen.)|
|Report||Marcos Leonardo 72', 87'|
|Report||Fr. González 90+3' (pen.)|
|Virginius 70' (pen.)||Report|
|Bojang 1', 84'||Report||Aceituno 5'|
The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advanced to the knockout stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up.
In the next stage, the four third-placed teams will be matched with the winners of groups A, B, C, and D according to the tournament regulations.
In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each). If still tied after extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
In the round of 16, the four third-placed teams were matched with the winners of groups A, B, C, and D. The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depended on which four third-placed teams qualify for the round of 16:
|Third-placed teams |
qualify from groups
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|30 May – Mendoza|
|4 June – Santiago del Estero|
|1 June – Santiago del Estero|
|8 June – La Plata|
|30 May – Mendoza|
|3 June – San Juan|
|31 May – La Plata|
|11 June – La Plata|
|31 May – San Juan|
|3 June – San Juan|
|31 May – La Plata|
|8 June – La Plata|
|1 June – Santiago del Estero|
|South Korea||1||Third place play-off|
|4 June – Santiago del Estero||11 June – La Plata|
|South Korea (a.e.t.)||1||Israel||3|
|31 May – San Juan|
|United States||4–0||New Zealand|
|South Korea||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Nigeria|
|Choi Seok-hyeon 95'||Report|
|Report||Lee Seung-won 23' (pen.)|
|Report||Lee Seung-won 24' (pen.)|
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Cesare Casadei||Alan Matturro||Lee Seung-won|
|Golden Boot||Silver Boot||Bronze Boot|
| Cesare Casadei |
(7 goals, 2 assists)
| Marcos Leonardo |
(5 goals, 1 assist)
| Óscar Cortés|
(4 goals, 2 assists)
|FIFA Fair Play Trophy|
There were 154 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 2.96 goals per match.
1 own goal
As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.
|4||South Korea||7||3||2||2||10||10||0||11||Fourth place|
|5||United States||5||4||0||1||10||2||+8||12||Eliminated in|
|9||Argentina (H)||4||3||0||1||10||3||+7||9||Eliminated in|
Round of 16
In early May 2023, FIFA announced that the official song of the tournament would be "Glorious", performed by the Indonesian EDM group Weird Genius and featuring three other Indonesian stars: Lyodra Ginting, Tiara Andini and Ziva Magnolya.
Live stream is available on FIFA+, while in Indonesia, available on Moji and Vidio, including replays.
By finishing second in the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Israel qualified to the U-20 World Cup for the first time in history. However, Israel's participation is subject to political controversy due to Indonesia having the world's largest Muslim population and the two countries having no formal relations owing to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Given this, Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali stated that FIFA required any country qualified for the U-20 World Cup shall play, and that the local security officers will provide security for the Israeli team.
Despite attempts to confirm Israel's participation, Israel's involvement led to Indonesia coming under scrutiny by various pro-Palestinian organisations. Various Islamist organisations in Indonesia have threatened Israeli players, stating that the Israeli team is not welcome in Indonesia. Meanwhile Nahdlatul Ulama figures such as its leader, Yahya Cholil Staquf and Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas voiced support for Israel's participation. However, two of the six regional heads who had signed the original agreement on willingness to be the host for the world cup, Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster and Governor Central Java (where Solo is located), Ganjar Pranowo, both members of the ruling party PDIP, stated their objection of hosting the Israeli team, citing 'anti-colonial' stances of Sukarno rather than religious ones.
The Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Zuhair Al-Shun said that his country has no objections to Indonesia's hosting of the tournament, despite Israel's qualification.
On 28 March 2023, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in a break with his party, voiced his own support to Israeli participation, and implored his people to not mix politics and sport. The Mayor of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Joko Widodo's son, expressed disappointment with the governor's decision and willingness to hold match draw in Solo, and Bandung. A last minute effort was made to rescue Indonesia's role as host while still acknowledging the country's concerns, but on 29 March, FIFA officially stripped Indonesia as host for the tournament, stating "current circumstances" as the reasoning without specifying the details.