The draw for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be conducted on September 15.
For the first time ever, Nigeria will not be part of the tournament.
Despite winning the West African Football Union U-17 tournament, Nduka Ugbade’s boys failed to secure a World Cup ticket at the CAF U-17 African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria won the inaugural edition in 1985 and has gone on to win in four extra occasions to become one of the most successful nation in the tournament’s history, with five titles and further three appearances in the finals which they lost.
The tournament, which will be hosted by Indonesia will be contested by the following teams – Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, IR Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Senegal, Spain, USA, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
The 24 nations will be drawn into six groups of four. The teams have been split into four pots, with one team from each pot to be drawn into each group. Teams have been allocated into pots based on a points system determined by their performance at the past five editions of the FIFA U‑17 World Cup, with the nations that won their respective confederation’s qualifying tournament awarded five bonus points.