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FIFA explores merging youth World Cups for 48-team event

England might be the first and last team to be holders of the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.

FIFA is looking to merge the youth tournaments won last year by English boys to create a 48-team competition, emulating the expansion of the main World Cup. Officials are exploring the merits of an age cut-off at 18 or 19.

The women’s youth tournaments could also be combined to create a single 24-team event under plans that emerged in a meeting of the governing body’s competitions commit…
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