COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea was selected as the host of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup here on Thursday.
In a vote held during FIFA's Executive Committee meeting in Brazil, South Korea edged out Azerbaijan for the right to host the world's premier youth football tournament.
The U-20 World Cup will be the fourth FIFA-sanctioned competition that South Korea will stage, after the 2001 Confederations Cup; the 2002 World Cup, which it co-hosted with Japan; and the 2007 U-17 World Cup.
The 2017 U-20 tournament will be the 21st edition, with 24 countries set to participate. New Zealand will host the 2015 tournament.
The tournament first began in 1977 and has been held every two years since then. South Korea has never won the event, and its best performance remains the fourth-place finish at the 1983 competition in Mexico.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Seoul earlier said South Korea plans to use existing stadiums, built for the 2002 World Cup, for the U-20 World Cup, and will minimize government expenditures by relying on FIFA grants and the Korea Football Association's own funding to run the tournament.
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