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By the Numbers: A FIFA U-17 World Cup Draw History


The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is the only team that has qualified for every FIFA U-17 World Cup since the tournament’s inception in 1985, with the 2009 tournament marking the 13th edition of the biennial event. On Friday (Aug. 7), the draw for the 2009 tournament will determine the fates of host Nigeria and 23 nations who qualified for the event, which will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 15.

Only Brazil comes close to the USA’s record 13-straight tournaments, having only missed one U-17 event in its history and earning a berth to Nigeria in ’09, looking for its fourth U-17 title. The hosts will be looking to defend its 2007 title and raise the trophy for the fourth time. Mexico is the only other past champion who will be in Nigeria, having won the event in 2005.

The six FIFA confederations will be represented by the following countries:

AFC (4) – Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates
CAF (4) – Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Malawi
CONCACAF (4) – Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL (4) – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay
OFC (1) – New Zealand
UEFA (6) – Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey
Host – Nigeria

As the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team learns its group opponents on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET, ussoccer.com looks back on the 12 previous draws. Stay tuned to ussoccer.com on Friday afternoon for a full report on the draw results from Abuja, Nigeria and reaction from head coach Wilmer Cabrera and players.


FIFA U-17 World Cups
U.S. Group Placement and Finish

Year

Group

Teams (in order U.S. played)

U.S. Group Finish

U.S. Overall Finish

2007

E

Tajikistan, Tunisia, Belgium

2nd

16th

2005

C

Korea Republic, Italy, Cote d’Ivoire

1st

5th

2003

D

Korea DPR, Sierra Leone, Spain

2nd

5th

2001

A

Japan, France, Nigeria

4th

15th

1999

A

New Zealand, Poland, Uruguay

2nd

4th

1997

C

Oman, Brazil, Austria

3rd

11th

1995

A

Ecuador, Japan, Ghana

4th

15th

1993

C

Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Qatar

2nd

7th

1991

A

Italy, Argentina, China PR

1st

5th

1989

B

Brazil, Germany DR, Australia

3rd

10th

1987

B

Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Korea Republic

3rd

14th

1985

A

Guinea, Bolivia, China PR

3rd

12th

  
BY THE NUMBERS
2        Times the US has won its respective group, in 2005 and 1991
3        Consecutive times that the Americans have advanced out of the group stage
3        Tournaments that the U.S. has played the official first match of the tournament against the host country
4        Straight times that U.S. group has been made up of a team from Asia, Europe and Africa, dating back to 2001
4        Events that saw the US win at least two group games
4        Straight times that the United States has opened against a team from Asia
4th      Highest finish for the U.S. the U-17 WC (1999)
4.0     Average points earned by U.S. teams in the group phase
5        Number of times that the Americans have finished in the top 10 in the tournament standings
6        Times the US has advanced out of the group phase
6        Number of times that the United States has won its opening game, and the number of times it has lost. The team has never tied an opener
13      FIFA events that the U.S. U-17 MNT has participated in, including the 2009 edition
15      Group games won by the U.S. in 12 previous tournaments

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