Italy national under-20 football team
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|Association||Italian Football Federation |
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
|Head coach||Carmine Nunziata|
|FIFA U-20 World Cup|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1977)|
|Best result||Third place, 2017|
Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.
The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.
The Under-20 team is de facto based on the previous year's Under-19 team and acts mainly as a support team for the U21 selection, providing further international development for young players.
The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies European teams for the U-20 World Cup. The best result obtained by the Italian team in the U-20 World Cup is the third place achieved in the 2017 edition. Italy managed to qualify for the first time for two consecutive U-20 World Cups after winning its group at the 2018 European U-19 Championship, then finishing fourth at the following year's World Cup.
Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected. The U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (which replaced Austria). Since the 2017–18 season, the Italy U20 team participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League, expanded to 8 participants.
The team also had an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season. (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda, which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini. The 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.
FIFA U-20 World Cup record
|1979||Did not qualify|
|1983||Did not qualify|
|1989||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
- *Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.
The following players were called up for the 2022–23 Under 20 Elite League matches against Norway and Germany on 23 and 27 March 2023 respectively.
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- Official website, Italian language
- Official website, English language