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Mali the youngest, Portugal the oldest - the average ages at the Fifa U20 World Cup

18:40 GMT+3 23/05/2019
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Mali Serbia U20
The Eagles have the youngest squad in Poland, while Helio Dias' lads are at the opposite end of the spectrum

The stage is set for the 22nd edition of the Fifa U20 World Cup with all the participating teams submitting their final list for the championship. With an average age of 18.57 years, Mali are taking the youngest group of players to the championship.

After winning their first Africa U20 Cup of Nations, coach Mamoutou Kane has kept faith in the majority of the players that played in Niger Republic – with Mamadou Traore and Sekou Koita leading the pack.

Portugal, on the other hand, have the oldest squad, with an average age of 19.95 years, just ahead of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.

The average age of each 2019 U20 World Cup squad
Team Youngest player Oldest player Average age
Argentina Pedro de Livega (18)    Tomas Chancalay (20) 19.4
Colombia Andres Amaya (18) Reinaldo Fontalvo (20) 19.57
Ecuador Jordan Rezabala (19) John Espiro (20) 19.7
France William Saliba (18) Youssouf Fofana (20)` 19.66
Honduras Jonathan Nunez (18)   Cesar Romero (20) 19.44
Italy Roberto  Alberico (19) Gianluca Scamacca (20) 19.17
Japan Zion Suzuki (17) Mitsuki Saito (20) 19.19
South Korea Lee Kangin (18) Lee Sangjun (20) 19.76
Mali AlKalifa Coulibaly (18) Mamadou Traore (20) 18.57
Mexico Carlos Higuera (19) Kevin Alvarez (20) 19.7
New Zealand Ben Waine (18) Michael Wood (20) 19.4
Nigeria Zulkifilu Muhammed (17) Aniekeme Okon (20) 19.2
Norway Erling Haland (19) Markus Pettersen (20) 19.8
Panama Emerson Dimas (18) Manuel Gamboa (20) 19.4
Poland    Nicolas Zalewski (17) Tymotevsz Puchacz (20) 19.4
Portugal Pedro Meto (19) Arantes Maximiano (20) 19.95
Qatar Hashim Ali (19) Ahmad Yasser (20) 19.8
Saudi Arabia Feras Albikan (19) Khalifah Aldawsari (20) 19.7
Senegal Moussa Ndiaye (17) Souleymane AW (20) 18.8
South Africa Oswin Appolis (18) Khulekani Kubeka (20) 19.66
Tahiti Tevaitimi Teumere (16) Hennel Tehaamoana (20) 18.7
Ukraine Danylo Sikan (18) Oleh Veremienko (20) 19.7
Uruguay Emiliano Gomez (18) Nicolas Schiappacasse (20) 19.47
USA Julian Araujo (18) Mark McKenzie (20) 19.09

Hosts Poland have gone for a mix of players between 17 and 20 years of age, as coach Jacek Magiera has included 13 players who are 20, while Radoslaw Majecki, Nicola Zalewski and Maik Nawrocki bring the average down to 19.4

The statistic for the tallest player at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup is shared by Nigeria’s Olawale Oremade and Dan-Axel Zagadou of France; towering above all at 196 cm. Saudi Arabia’s midfielder Salem Al Saleem is the shortest player in the competition at 160 cm.

Heading into the competition, some teams have adopted a more youthful approach than others while most have gone for a blend of ages. After the final on June 15 at the Stadion Widzewa, Lodz, we will see which approach works best.