With the opening of the FIFA World Cup Gallery extension, the FIFA Museum now has ten additional trophies and three Olympic medals on display. They represent the wide range of tournaments hosted by FIFA, or in the case of the Olympic Games, organised by FIFA.
Sure, every child knows the FIFA World Cup™ and the FIFA Women's World Cup™. The other tournaments, however, also thrill millions of football fans worldwide. Let’s take a brief look at their respective histories.
FIFA U-20 World Cup™
FIFA's oldest youth competition was first played in Tunisia in 1977 under the name FIFA World Youth Championship. The tournament, which has been called the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ since 2007, takes place every two years. In its history, all six continents have hosted the tournament at least twice. However, the title has only ever gone to South America or Europe, with one exception. The only participant not from one of these two continents and still managed to become world champion was the team from Ghana, which secured the title in 2009. The most successful teams are Argentina with six titles and Brazil with five. In Europe, on the other hand, the titles are much more spread out. With the exception of Portugal, who were able to defend their 1989 title in 1991, no team managed to get on the winners' list more than once.
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™
The first of FIFA's youth tournaments for women was held in Canada in 2002. In the final, the team from USA defeated the hosts from Canada with a golden goal. The tournament, which is held every two years like the men's competition, has subsequently been dominated by three countries: After their inaugural victory in 2002, the USA also secured the title in 2008 and 2012 and are joint record holders with Germany, who were victorious in 2004, 2010 and 2014. The remaining three world titles have been won by the North Koreans (2006 and 2016) and Japanese (2018). The first two editions of the competition in 2002 and 2004 were held as U-19 tournaments. For the third edition in 2006, the age limit was raised by one year and since played as a U-20 tournament.