The stage for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023™ took place in Zurich at the Home of FIFA on Friday, 21 April, setting the stage for next month’s grand showcase of football’s future stars. “Dear football fans, dear friends, queridos amigos, it gives me great, great pleasure to address you before the draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023, the 23rd edition of this wonderful tournament which gives us a glimpse of the stars of the future.” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino prior to the beginning of the draw.
“Congratulations to all 23 teams who have qualified. And thank you to Argentina and particularly, the Argentinian Football Association and its President, 'Chiqui' Tapia, as well as the governmental authorities for staging this fantastic event. Muchas gracias, Argentina!” In addition to the draw ceremony, FIFA has also confirmed the match schedule and host cities for the tournament.
U20 World Cup groups set
24 teams were slotted into six groups of four during the draw ceremony, hosted by presenter Samantha Johnson and conducted by FIFA Director of Tournaments Jaime Yarza. FIFA Legends Juan Pablo Sorin (Argentina) and David Trezeguet (France) were on hand to assist with the ceremony.
Match schedule, host cities confirmed
The U-20 World Cup will take place across four host cities: La Plata, Mendoza, San Juan, and Santiago del Estero. The tournament will open on 20 May with four matches on the opening day in San Juan and Santiago del Estero, including hosts Argentina taking on Uzbekistan in Santiago del Estero Stadium. Both cities will also play host to the quarter-final round, while La Plata Stadium will host the semi-finals, 3rd place match, and Final.
🏆 The stage is set. Which nation will lift the FIFA #U20WC trophy?— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 21, 2023
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