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Youth soccer is a great way for kids to get exercise and to learn the values of teamwork and positive attitude. It is also a good way for them to work on the skills of the game that they choose to play. For many of them, soccer at the youth level is a key step in the road to making it to the major leagues. There are many players that will make it to that level with at least one championship title under their young belts; many of them will have played in at least one FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments.

FIFA the Federation Internationale de Football Association is the governing body of soccer, deciding on the rules for not only the game itself but setting up the tournaments, choosing venues and the rules for how these will be played. FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments are held every two years in rotating venues. Teams make it to the tournament by qualifying in one of six confederations.

The FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments have been held since 1977 when the name of the championship was the FIFA World Youth Championship. Argentina has won the title six times, more than any other country. Brazil has won the second most with four titles and Portugal has one two. Ghana, Germany, Spain and former countries of the Soviet Union have also won in the championship each winning the title one time apiece. No matter how they played during the season, the host country is automatically qualified for the FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments.

In addition to the FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments for men, there is a woman’s world championship game that has been held ever since 2002, originally with an age limit of nineteen. The age limit went to twenty, four years later and the name of the championship was changed in 2007. The coverage and excitement for women’s sports, especially young women’s soccer is growing at a very rapid rate but is still no where near that of the men’s.

Playing in the FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments is a great way for a young player to hone his soccer skills but also to learn about other cultures, to travel and to learn about the spirit of good competition. It is also a great pedigree to have when trying to take the soccer career higher than just the amateur level. Colleges and professional sports scouts look at tournaments and championships in youth sports as a good indicator of dedication and the talent that a player might have.

The rules of the game and the championship are set in advance by FIFA for the FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments with any changes in rules sent to the coaches before the championship actually kicks off. In addition, the finalized game schedules are also revealed before the game is played.

The FIFA soccer under 20 tournaments were held in Egypt in 2009 and will be held next in Colombia in the year 2011.


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