For fourth time in the history of the World Youth Championship, the "Golden Goal" rule will apply when the knock-out phase begins.

From the Round of 16 on, matches which are drawn after 90 minutes will go into extra time (2 x 15 minutes). The first team to score a goal in extra time will immediately be declared the winner. If there is no goal scored in 30 minutes of extra time, the match will be settled in the customary manner by a penalty shoot-out.

The "Golden Goal" rule has been used by FIFA since the 1993 World Youth Championship in Australia and has become a regular feature of FIFA's youth competitions, the Olympic Football Tournaments and the FIFA/Confederations Cup. At the World Cup in France 1998 it was used for the first time in the history of FIFA’s flagship competition.

The two allegedly most famous "Golden Goals" in FIFA competitions were scored in the Olympic semi-final when Nwankwo Kanu sealed Brazil's fate, sending Nigeria to the gold medal match and last year in France when Laurent Blanc kept the host team on track to the title in their round-of-16 match against Paraguay.