England is the defending champion of both the U17 and U20 World Cup, having lifted the titles last year. The two World Cups currently take place every two years but plans are being discussed that would see one larger tournament held on an annual basis. The two tournaments are currently c
Since Infantino became Fifa president in February 2016, the senior World Cup has already been expanded from 32 teams to 48 – a change that will come into effect from 2026. Fifa told the AP that the latest proposals are part of an ongoing review of its competitions.
The AP added that 48-team youth competitions would feature double-header matches in the same stadium to reduce the strain on host countries. Infantino has previously said that co-hosting models would be favoured for future editions of the senior World Cup to compensate for the extra fixtures, but multiple hosts would seemingly not be needed for youth events.
Last year’s U17 World Cup took place in India, with the U20 event having been held in South Korea. Hosts of the next two editions of the tournament have yet to be decided, although the 2018 women’s U17 and U20 World Cups will be held in Uruguay and France, respectively. North Korea is the defending champion of both events.