Ri Kum-suk (Korean: 리금숙; Korean pronunciation: [ɾi.ɡɯm.suk] or [ɾi] [kɯm.suk]; born 16 August 1978) is a North Korean footballer who plays for the 4.25 Sports Club. She plays a key role not only for her club, but also for national teams in the AFC Women's Asian Cup, Asian Games and FIFA Women's World Cup.
|Date of birth||August 16, 1978|
|Place of birth||Hamhung, North Korea|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Central Forward|
|4.25 Sports Club|
|? – Present||4.25 Sports Club||178||(125)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:37, 3 November 2007 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 3, 2007
|Revised Romanization||I Geumsuk|
In 4 years, the PRK Women's National Team qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and Ri teamed again with her friend Jin. In a winning match 3-0 over Nigeria she took 5 shots and 2 shots on goal. Even though, her team could not proceed to the quarterfinals, she played very well in last two games against Sweden and United States, with 6 Shots and 1 SOG.
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was her best tournament. The team qualified for the finals by taking 3rd place in 2006 AFC Women's Championship due to referee judgement during the game against China. Her team belonged to Group B with United States, Sweden and Nigeria.
At their first game, against USA, and with the injury of key midfielder Ho Sun-hui at 10 minutes in the first half, they conceded a goal 50 minutes, but scored at 58 and 62 minutes. At 69 minutes the USA scored again. Ri scored in the next game against Nigeria with a head shot and the team played well enough against Sweden to get out of the group stage.
The most game she showed her strike and dribble skill was against China PR in the 15th Doha Asian Games, when the two teams tied after 90 minutes. Ri Kum-suk scored a goal in the 2nd extra time, by striking a powerful shot with her left foot.
Ri pulled a hat-trick sending DPRK into the final of the AFC Women's Asian Cup after they defeated Australia 3–0 at Thong Nat Stadium in the 2007 AFC Women's Asian Cup.
She is the captain of the national team. Recently she retired to start a coaching career. She married Pak Chung Hyok, coach of the women's football team of the Jebi Sports Team, in November 2008, and gave birth to a son.