FIFA organised the first FIFA U-16 World Tournament in 1985. Until 1989 the tournament was limited to youngsters of age 16 or less. The age limit was increased to under 17 for the 1991 FIFA U 17 World Championship in Italy.
The FIFA U 17 World Championship, as it is known today, is played every two years. African national teams hold the greatest number of championship titles (four), while Brazil won two consecutive titles in 1997 and 1999. Nigeria won the first cup in 1985 and won it again in 1993. In 1987 the former Soviet Union became the second title-holder and the only European national team ever to win the Cup. Saudi Arabia won the 1989 Cup and twice-champions Ghana won in 1991 and 1995.