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The UEFA European Under-19 Championship is an annual football competition contested by the European men's under-19 national teams of the member associations of UEFA.

Spain is the most successful team in this competition, having won eleven titles. Spain are also the current champions.

History and format[edit]

The competition has been held since 1948. It was originally called the FIFA International Youth Tournament, until it was taken over by UEFA in 1956.[1] In 1980, it was restyled the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. As changes were made to player eligibility dates in 2001, the championship received its current name, which has been used since the 2002 championship.[2] The contest has been held every year since its inauguration in 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was only held every other year.

The tournament has been played in a number of different formats during its existence. Currently it consists of two stages, similar to UEFA's other European championship competitions. The qualifying stage is open to all UEFA members, and the final stage is contested between eight teams.

During even years, the best finishing teams qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in the next (odd) year. Currently, five teams can qualify for the World Cup, consisting of the top two of their groups plus the winner of a play-off match between the third-placed teams of each group.

The age limit of the event was under-18 (calendar year) at the beginning of the qualification but co-current with the new name, the age limit became under-19 during the final tournament. Thus, the age limit never changed as the qualification always began a year before the final tournament.[clarification needed]

Until the 1997 tournament, players born on or after 1 August the year they turned 19 years were eligible to compete. Since the 1998 tournament, the date limit has been moved back to 1 January.

Number of teams[edit]


FIFA Youth Tournament (1948–1954)[edit]

UEFA Youth Tournament (1955–1980)[edit]

UEFA European Under-18 Championship (1981–2001)[edit]

UEFA European Under-19 Championship (since 2002)[edit]


Performances by countries[edit]

Accurate as of 2019.

1966 Title Shared between  Italy and  Soviet Union.
1957 Third place Shared between  Italy and  France.


Golden Player Award[edit]

For certain tournaments, the official website subsequently named a Golden Player.

1Honour shared.

Top goalscorer[edit]

The Top goalscorer award is awarded to the player who scores the most goals during the tournament.

FIFA U-20 World Cup performances[edit]

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  •      – Not affiliated to UEFA
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament

See also[edit]

  • UEFA European Championship
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship


  1. ^ "From International Youth Tournament to U19 EURO". UEFA. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Competition history". UEFA. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ "2020 Under-19 EURO cancelled". 20 October 2020.
  4. ^ "2020/21 Under-19 EURO cancelled". 23 February 2021.
  5. ^ Czechoslovakia was divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993 after the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as successor team of Czechoslovakia.
  6. ^ FIFA attributes all the results of West Germany (1977-1991) to Germany.
  7. ^ The USSR was dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  8. ^ The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke up in 1991 all the nations that formed this country now compete separately. FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of Yugoslavia.

External links[edit]

  • UEFA European U-19 Championship at
  • Tournament details at