Countdown to Korea 2017 begins

The tournament that helped launch the careers of Maradona, Messi and countless others is coming to Korea Republic, and the Match Schedule has just been unveiled.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 will be played from 20 May – 11 June in Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju and Suwon. The Official Draw will take place on 11 March 2017 by which stage all qualified teams will be known.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup features 24 nations from across the world and will last 23 days. The tournament Final will be played on Sunday 11 June 2017 in Suwon at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.

Korea Republic 2017 will be the 21st edition of the U-20 World Cup, with Serbia the current holders having beaten Brazil after extra time in the final of the last edition in New Zealand, which took place earlier this year.

You will be able to follow the build-up to the tournament right here on, with updates also available on @FIFAcom on Twitter and at the official FIFA U-20 World Cup Facebook page.