The Russian national under-20 football team, formerly known as the Soviet national youth football team was the under-20 (for FIFA U-20 World Cup) and under-19 (for UEFA Under-19 Championship) football teams of the Soviet Union. It ceased to exist on the breakup of the Union, and was succeeded by the Russian national under-20 football team.
|Nickname(s)||Наши парни (Our Boys)|
|Association||Russian Football Union|
|Head coach||Mikhail Galaktionov|
|FIFA U-20 World Cup|
|Appearances||8 (6 as Soviet Union) (first in 1977)|
|Best result||Champions (1977, as Soviet Union)|
Following the realignment of FIFA's youth competitions in 1977, the Soviet Union national under-20 football team was formed and competed until 1993 (in 1992 it qualified as CIS youth under-18 football team) qualifying 7 times. Following dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Soviet qualification was passed to Russia which competed in the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship. Two years later Russia managed to qualify for the tournament on its own effort, but since then it yet to qualify for it.
On 28 February 2022, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA and UEFA suspended the participation of Russia, including in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The Russian Football Union unsuccessfully appealed the FIFA and UEFA bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the bans.
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