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South Korea women's national football team

The South Korea women's national football team (Korean대한민국 여자 축구 국가대표팀; Hanja大韓民國女子蹴球國家代表팀) represents South Korea in international women's football competitions. The team is referred to as the Korea Republic by 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.

Korea Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Taegeuk Nangja (Taegeuk Ladies)
AssociationKorea Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachYoon Deok-yeo
CaptainCho So-hyun
Most capsCho So-hyun (124)[1]
Top scorerJi So-yun (54)[1]
FIFA codeKOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 20 Decrease 6 (12 July 2019)[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
 South Korea 19–0 Northern Mariana Islands 
(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)

Contents

HistoryEdit

1949–2002: BeginningsEdit

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 declineEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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.

Competition recordsEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995
  1999
  2003 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10
  2007 Did not qualify
  2011
  2015 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 4 8 −4
  2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7
Total 3/8 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
  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
  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
  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

Asian CupEdit

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1975 Did not participate
  1977
  1979
  1981
  1983
  1986
  1989
  1991 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 22 −22
  1993 3 1 0 2 4 9 −5
  1995 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 11 5 +6
  1997 Group stage 2 1 0 1 11 1 +10
  1999 4 3 0 1 30 5 +25
  2001 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 16 10 +6
  2003 Third place 6 4 1 1 22 5 +17
  2006 Group stage 4 2 0 2 14 6 +8
  2008 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2
  2010 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3
  2014 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 18 4 +14
  2018 5th place 4 2 2 0 9 0 +9
Total 12/19 48 24 6 18 146 73 +73

OlympicsEdit

Olympic Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1996 Did not quality
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020 To be determined
Total 0/7

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D L GS GA GD
  1990 5th place 5 1 0 4 2 30 −28
  1994 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9
  1998 Group stage 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4
  2002 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 6 8 −2
  2006 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 7 10 −3
  2010 Third place 5 3 1 1 14 4 +10
  2014 Third place 6 5 0 1 33 2 +31
  2018 Third place 6 5 0 1 32 3 +29
Total 8/8 38 19 2 16 102 71 +31

EAFF Women's Football ChampionshipEdit

EAFF Women's Football Championship record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
  2005 Champions 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3
  2008 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 15 9 +6
  2010 Third place 7 5 0 2 47 4 +43
  2013 Third place 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1
  2015 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 29 3 +26
  2017 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 43 7 +36
  2019
Total 6/6 31 19 1 11 141 28 +113
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Peace Queen CupEdit

Hosts / Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
  2006 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4
  2008 Fourth place 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
  2010 Champions 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
Total 3/3 9 3 2 4 9 11 –2

KitsEdit

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

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.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Yoon Deok-Yeo
Assistant Manager   Jeong Seong-cheon
Coach   Kim Eun-jung
Goalkeeping Coach   Jeong Yuseok

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2019 Four Nations Tournament and 2019 Cup of Nations.[6][7]

Caps and goals correct as of: 11 January 2019.

Head coach: Yoon Deok-yeo

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kang Ga-ae (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 28) 9 0   Gumi Sportstoto
20 2DF Kim Hye-ri (1990-06-25) 25 June 1990 (age 29) 78 1   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
3 2DF Hong Hye-ji (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 22) 16 1   Changnyeong
4 2DF Jeong Yeong-a (1990-12-09) 9 December 1990 (age 28) 12 0   Gyeongju KHNP
5 2DF Park Se-ra (1990-02-24) 24 February 1990 (age 29) 0 0   Gyeongju KHNP
6 2DF Jang Sel-gi (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 25) 47 11   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
7 3MF Kang Yu-mi (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 27) 24 8   Hwacheon KSPO
10 3MF Ji So-yun (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28) 119 54   Chelsea
9 3MF Han Chae-rin (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 15 3   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
17 4FW Lee Geum-min (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 25) 43 14   Manchester City
11 3MF Lee Min-a (1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 27) 51 14   INAC Kobe Leonessa
12 4FW Jung Seol-bin (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 29) 72 20   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
27 3MF Jeon Ga-eul (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30) 96 38   Hwacheon KSPO
8 3MF Cho So-hyun (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 31) 124 20   West Ham United
16 3MF Lee So-dam (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 24) 45 4   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
22 4FW Son Hwa-yeon (1997-03-15) 15 March 1997 (age 22) 13 6   Changnyeong
18 1GK Kim Jung-mi (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 34) 113 0   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
19 3MF Lee Young-ju (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 27) 24 2   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
13 4FW Yeo Min-ji (1993-04-27) 27 April 1993 (age 26) 28 10   Gumi Sportstoto
21 1GK Jung Bo-ram (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Hwacheon KSPO
2 2DF Lee Eun-mi (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 31) 84 14   Suwon UDC
23 3MF Jang Chang (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 23) 10 0   Seoul
24 2DF Shin Dam-yeong (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 25) 31 1   Suwon UDC
25 2DF Ha Eun-hye (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Gumi Sportstoto
26 2DF Lim Seon-joo (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 28) 72 5   Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

# Name South Korea career Caps
1 Cho So-hyun 2007–present 124
3 Kim Jung-mi 2003–present 113
2 Ji So-yun 2006–present 119
4 Kwon Hah-nul 2006–present 103
5 Jeon Ga-eul 2007–present 96
6 Yoo Young-a 2007–present 87
7 Lee Eun-mi 2007–present 84
8 Kim Do-yeon 2007–present 80
9 Kim Hye-ri 2010–present 78
10 Lee Myung-hwa 1990–2004 81
*Active players in bold, statistics as of 1 September 2018.[1]

Top goalscorersEdit

# Player South Korea career Goals Caps
1 Ji So-yun 2006–present 54 119
2 Jeon Ga-eul 2007–present 38 95
3 Yoo Young-a 2007–present 32 87
4 Cha Sung-mi 1994–2003 30 55
5 Park Hee-young 2005–2013 23 55
6 Jung Seol-bin 2006–present 20 72
Cho So-hyun 2007–present 124
8 Park Eun-sun 2003–present 17 34
9 Kwon Hah-nul 2006–present 15 103
10 Lee Geum-min 2013–present 14 43
Lee Eun-mi 2007–present 84

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "각종기록" (in Korean). Korea Football Association (KFA). Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  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 10 July 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.
  6. ^ "여자대표팀, 중국과 호주에서 열리는 4개국 대회 참가" [Women's national team participated in four countries in China and Australia] (in Korean). Korea Football Association. 26 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Korean stars named in Cup of Nations squad". Asian Football Confederation. 20 February 2019.

External linksEdit

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