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South Korea Women's National Football Team

Korea Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Taegeuk Nangja (Taegeuk Ladies)
AssociationKorea Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
EAFF (East Asia)
Head coachColin Bell
CaptainCho So-hyun
Most capsCho So-hyun (126)[1]
Top scorerJi So-yun (58)[1]
FIFA codeKOR
FIFA ranking
Current 18 Increase 2 (26 June 2020)[2]
Highest14 (December 2017, September 2018-March 2019)
Lowest26 (August 2004)
First international
 Japan 13-1 South Korea 
(Seoul, South Korea; 6 September 1990)
Biggest win

(Tainan County, Taiwan; 26 August 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 13-1 South Korea 
(Seoul, South Korea; 6 September 1990)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2003)
Best resultRound of 16 (2015)
Asian Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1991)
Best resultThird place (2003)

The South Korea women's national football team (Korean? ; Hanja?) represents South Korea in international women's football competitions. The team is referred to as the Korea Republic by the FIFA. Its first game was a match against Japan in 1990, which it lost 13-1. Since then, it has qualified for three FIFA World Cups, in 2003, 2015, and 2019(Their best result is round of 16 in 2015).

History

1949-2002: Beginnings

Less than a year after the government of the Republic of Korea was established in 1948, the first official women's football matches were held in Seoul on 28 and 29 June 1949, as a part of the National Girls' and Women's Sport Games. While women's basketball and volleyball won public recognition through the Games, football was seen as being unsuitable for women and as being unattractive to the public; as a result, the girls' teams were disbanded soon after the event.[3]

When women's football was officially adopted at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, the South Korean sports authorities decided to form a women's team with athletes from other sports and send the team to the Games.[3] The result was defeat in all matches against Japan, North Korea, China and Chinese Taipei.[4] Nevertheless, colleges and corporations started to launch women's football teams through the 1990s and the first annual national women's football event, the Queen's Cup, was held in 1993. With these changes, South Korea was able to finish in fourth place at the 1995 AFC Women's Championship in Malaysia.[5]

When the 1999 Women's World Cup sparked interest worldwide, the South Korean ministry in charge of sports sponsored the foundation of new teams and tournaments for girls' high school teams, university teams and company teams. To promote women's football, the Korea Women's Football Federation (KWFF) was established in March 2001, as an independent organization in association with the Korea Football Association (KFA).[3]

2003-2013: First World Cup and a period of decline

South Korea finished in third place at the 2003 AFC Women's Championship and qualified for the World Cup for the first time. The Taegeuk Ladies were drawn in Group B with Norway, France and Brazil. Their first match played at the World Cup was a 3-0 loss to Brazil on 21 September 2003. They went on to lose 1-0 to France and 7-1 to Norway. Kim Jin-hee scored the first ever South Korean World Cup goal on 27 September 2003 against Norway.

Despite winning the inaugural EAFF E-1 Football Championship on home soil in 2005, South Korea failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Taegeuk Ladies won bronze at the 2010 Asian Games and at the 2010 EAFF Women's Football Championship, but once again failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

2014-present: Second World Cup

South Korea finished in fourth place at the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup and qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they made it out of the group stage for the first time. They were drawn in Group E with Brazil, Spain and Costa Rica. South Korea lost 2-0 to Brazil on 9 June 2015, but a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica on 13 June and a 2-1 victory against Spain on 17 June were enough to progress for the first time ever at a World Cup. They went on to lose 3-0 to France in the round of 16 on 21 June 2015.

2019 World Cup: Third World Cup

Coming off a somewhat successful showing at the previous one, South Korea qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and were put in Group A with France, Norway and Nigeria. However, they could not repeat their prior success in 2015 and lost all three games and exited the tournament in the group stage, only scoring one goal in their entire run and even an own goal.

Kits

The women's team usually use exactly the same kit as its men counterpart, along with the combinations available. However, there were many combinations that the men's team never used.

Kit used in 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup match vs Brazil.

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager England Colin Bell
Assistant Manager Australia Matt Ross
Coach South Korea Kim Eun-jung
Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Jeong Yuseok

Players

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament - (Third round)

Caps and goals correct as of: 9 February 2019 against  Vietnam.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yoon Young-geul () (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 32) 16 0 South Korea Gyeongju KHNP
2 4FW Choo Hyo-joo () (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 20) 2 1 South Korea Ulsan College
3 2DF Kim Hye-young () (1995-02-26) 26 February 1995 (age 25) 0 South Korea Gyeongju KHNP
4 2DF Shim Seo-yeon () (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 31) 59 0 South Korea Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
5 2DF Hong Hye-ji () (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 24) 22 1 South Korea Changnyeong
6 3MF Park Ye-eun () (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 23) 3 2 South Korea Gyeongju KHNP
7 3MF Lee Young-ju () (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 28) 34 2 South Korea Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
8 3MF Park Hye-jeong () (2000-03-30) 30 March 2000 (age 20) South Korea Korea University-Sejong Campus
9 4FW Yeo Min-ji () (1993-04-27) 27 April 1993 (age 27) 40 15 South Korea Suwon UDC
10 3MF Ji So-Yun () (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 29) 125 61 England Chelsea
11 4FW Lee Geum-min () (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 26) 45 14 England Manchester City
12 3MF Jang Chang () (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 24) 18 0 South Korea Seoul
13 4FW Choe Yu-ri () (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 26) 25 4 South Korea Sejong Sportstoto
14 3MF Lee So-dam () (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 25) 55 6 South Korea Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
15 4FW Kang Ji-woo () (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 20) 1 South Korea Korea University-Sejong Campus
16 2DF Jang Sel-gi () (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 26) 62 12 Unattached
17 4FW Kang Chae-rim () (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 22) 8 0 South Korea Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
18 1GK Jeon Ha-neul () (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 28) 0 0 South Korea Suwon UDC
19 1GK Kang Ga-Ae () (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 29) 9 0 South Korea Sejong Sportstoto
20 2DF Kim Hye-ri () (1990-06-25) 25 June 1990 (age 30) 87 1 South Korea Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the South Korea squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK

DF

MF

FW

Previous squads

Individual records

*Active players in bold, statistics as of 9 February 2020.[1]

Managers

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019

October 3, 2019 FriendlyUnited States 2-0 South KoreaCharlotte, North Carolina
19:00 ET
Report Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Attendance: 30,071
Referee: Gillian Martindale (Barbados)
October 6, 2019 FriendlyUnited States 1-1 South KoreaChicago, Illinois
14:00 ET
Report
Stadium: Soldier Field
Attendance: 33,027
Referee: Katia Garcia (Mexico)

2020

2020 FriendlyJapan v South KoreaUtsunomiya, Japan
Stadium: Tochigi Prefecture General Sports Zone New Stadium

2021

Honours

Regional

Med 1.png Champions: 2005
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2015, 2019
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2017

Achievements

World Cup record

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10
China 2007 Did not qualify
Germany 2011
Canada 2015 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 4 8 -4
France 2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8 -7
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To be determined
Total 3/9 10 1 1 8 6 27 -21
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
United States 2003 Group stage 21 September  Brazil L 0-3 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
24 September  France L 0-1
27 September  Norway L 1-7 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Canada 2015
Group stage 9 June  Brazil L 0-2 Olympic Stadium, Montreal
13 June  Costa Rica D 2-2
17 June  Spain W 2-1 Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
Round of 16 21 June  France L 0-3 Olympic Stadium, Montreal
France 2019 Group stage 7 June  France L 0-4 Parc des Princes, Paris
12 June  Nigeria L 0-2 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
17 June  Norway L 1-2 Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -

Asian Cup record

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
Hong Kong 1975 Did not participate
Taiwan 1977
India 1979
Hong Kong 1981
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 1983
Hong Kong 1986
Hong Kong 1989
Japan 1991 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 22 -22
Malaysia 1993 3 1 0 2 4 9 -5
Malaysia 1995 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 11 5 +6
China 1997 Group stage 2 1 0 1 11 1 +10
Philippines 1999 4 3 0 1 30 5 +25
Chinese Taipei 2001 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 16 10 +6
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 2003 Third place 6 4 1 1 22 5 +17
Australia 2006 Group stage 4 2 0 2 14 6 +8
Vietnam 2008 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2
China 2010 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3
Vietnam 2014 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 18 4 +14
Jordan 2018 5th place 4 2 2 0 9 0 +9
India 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 12/19 48 24 6 18 146 73 +73

Asian Games record

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D L GS GA GD
China 1990 5th place 5 1 0 4 2 30 -28
Japan 1994 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 1998 Group stage 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4
South Korea 2002 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 6 8 -2
Qatar 2006 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 7 10 -3
China 2010 Third place 5 3 1 1 14 4 +10
South Korea 2014 Third place 6 5 0 1 33 2 +31
Indonesia 2018 Third place 6 5 0 1 32 3 +29
China 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Japan 2026 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 8/8 38 19 2 16 102 71 +31

EAFF Women's Football Championship record

EAFF Women's Football Championship record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
South Korea 2005 Champions 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3
China 2008 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 15 9 +6
Japan 2010 Third place 7 5 0 2 47 4 +43
South Korea 2013 Third place 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1
China 2015 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 29 3 +26
Japan 2017 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 43 7 +36
South Korea 2019 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2
China 2021 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 7/7 34 20 2 12 144 29 +115
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Algarve Cup record

The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup".[6]

Portugal Algarve Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
2018 7th place 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1
Total 1/27 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1

Cyprus Women's Cup record

Cyprus Cyprus Women's Cup record
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
2011 6th place 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1
2012 5th place 4 2 2 0 5 3 +2
2013 10th place 4 2 1 1 5 1 +4
2014 3rd place 4 1 3 0 7 3 +4
2015 11th place 4 0 1 3 3 6 -3
2017 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3
Total 6/13 24 9 9 6 30 19 +11

Peace Queen Cup record

South Korea Peace Queen Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
South Korea 2006 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 6 -4
South Korea 2008 Fourth place 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
South Korea 2010 Champions 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
Total 3/3 9 3 2 4 9 11 -2

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b c "?" (in Korean). Korea Football Association (KFA). Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Fan Hong; J.A. Mangan (23 November 2004). Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking off a New Era. Routledge. pp. 71-81. ISBN 978-1-135-77058-7.
  4. ^ "Asian Games 1990 (Women's Tournament)". RSSSF. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Manzenreiter, Wolfram; Horne, John (14 August 2008). "Playing the Post-Fordist Game in/to the Far East: The Footballisation of China, Japan and South Korea". Soccer & Society. 8 (4): 561-577. doi:10.1080/14660970701440899. ISSN 1466-0970.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ "Women's game thriving in the Algarve". FIFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 2014.

External links

Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
EAFF Women's Football Championship
2005 (First title)
Succeeded by
2008 Japan 

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