The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the 21st edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the biennial international men’s youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The tournament will be hosted by South Korea between 20 May and 11 June 2017.
Along with Japan and Mexico, South Korea becomes the third nation to have hosted all of FIFA Men’s international competitions, namely the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 2001 Confederations Cup and the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The South Korean FA originally place a request of hosting the tournament away from the traditional June/July period, as it would clash with South Korea’s rainy season, as well as any possible national team selection were they to qualify for the Confederations Cup.
Serbia, the 2015 champions, will not be able to defend their title as they failed to reach the final round of the UEFA qualifying tournament. In doing so, they became the fifth consecutive incumbent title holder to fail to qualify for the subsequent tournament.
The Vanuatu national under-20 football team took part in a tournament 14 times (1974, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016). In 2014 the team got the best result with a second place. Two years later they qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.