|Nickname(s)||Taegeuk Nangja (Taegeuk Ladies)|
|Association||Korea Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Most caps||Cho So-hyun (124)|
|Top scorer||Ji So-yun (54)|
|Current|| 20 |
|Highest||14 (December 2017, September 2018–March 2019)|
|Lowest||26 (August 2004)|
(Seoul, South Korea; 6 September 1990)
(Tainan County, Taiwan; 26 August 2009)
(Seoul, South Korea; 6 September 1990)
|Appearances||3 (first in 2003 )|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2015)|
|Appearances||12 (first in 1991 )|
|Best result||Third place (2003)|
The South Korea women's national football team (Korean : 대한민국 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.
The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each country. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin province, China. It is also spoken in parts of Sakhalin, Ukraine, and Central Asia.
Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters. More specifically, it refers to the Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation. Hanja-mal or Hanja-eo refers to words that can be written with Hanja, and hanmun refers to Classical Chinese writing, although "Hanja" is sometimes used loosely to encompass these other concepts. Because Hanja never underwent major reform, they are almost entirely identical to traditional Chinese and kyūjitai characters, though the stroke orders for some characters are slightly different. For example, the characters 教 and 研 are written as 敎 and 硏. Only a small number of Hanja characters are modified or unique to Korean. By contrast, many of the Chinese characters currently in use in Japan and Mainland China have been simplified, and contain fewer strokes than the corresponding Hanja characters.
South Korea is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia under Gwanggaeto the Great. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and half of South Korea's over 51 million people live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.
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.
Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. With surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, Seoul forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area.
Women's basketball was developed in the late 1800s in tandem with its men's counterpart. It became popular, spreading from the east coast of the United States to the west coast, in large part via women's colleges. From 1895 until 1970, the term "women's basketball" was also used to refer to netball, which evolved in parallel with modern women's basketball. It is mostly popular in America.
Volleyball is a popular team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since Tokyo 1964.
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.The result was defeat in all matches against Japan, North Korea, China and Chinese Taipei. 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.
The 1990 Asian Games also known as the XI Asiad and the 11th Asian Games, were held from September 22 to October 7, 1990, in Beijing, China. This was the first Asian Games held in China.
Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's third most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of the central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together, the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of China.
The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.
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).
The Korea Football Association is the governing body of football in South Korea. Park Seung-bin was the very first President of the KFA, charged with the task of promoting and spreading organised football in the Korea. The budget for 2011 was ₩103,123,529,503.
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.
The 2003 AFC Women's Championship was a women's football tournament held in Thailand from 8 to 21 June 2003. It was the 14th holding of the AFC Women's Championship, a tournament for women's national teams from countries affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation.
The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China. Under the tournament's current format, national teams vie for 23 slots in a three-year qualification phase. The host nation's team is automatically entered as the 24th slot. The tournament proper, alternatively called the World Cup Finals, is contested at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about one month.
Group B of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of four groups of nations, consisting of Brazil, France, Norway and South Korea. It began on 20 September and ended on 27 September. Rising power Brazil topped the group, comfortably beating South Korea and Norway by large margins and were denied a 100% record by Marinette Pichon's last minute equalizer against France. Brazil were joined in the second round by Norway, who won their other two games against France and South Korea, both which were making their debut at the World Cup.
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.
EAFF E-1 Football Championship is an international football competition in East Asia for national teams of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF). The competition between women's national teams is held alongside men's competition.
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
The Women's football tournament at the 2010 Asian Games was held in Guangzhou in China from 8 November to 25 November.
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.
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.
|World Cup record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Round of 16||4||1||1||2||4||8||−4|
|FIFA Women's World Cup history|
|Group stage||21 September||L 0–3||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.|
|24 September||L 0–1|
|27 September||L 1–7||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough|
|Group stage||9 June||L 0–2||Olympic Stadium, Montreal|
|13 June||D 2–2|
|17 June||W 2–1||Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa|
|Round of 16||21 June||L 0–3||Olympic Stadium, Montreal|
|Group stage||7 June||L 0–4||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|12 June||L 0–2||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|17 June||L 1–2||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|Did not participate|
|Olympic Games record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|Did not quality|
|To be determined|
|Asian Games record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA||GD|
|EAFF Women's Football Championship record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GF||GA||GD|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD|
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.
|17 January 2019 Four Nations Tournament|| South Korea ||3–0||Meizhou, China|
|15:00 CST||Stadium: Wuhua County Olympic Sports Centre |
Referee: Gu Chunhan (China)
|20 January 2019 Four Nations Tournament|| South Korea ||0–1||Meizhou, China|
|19:35 CST||Stadium: Wuhua County Olympic Sports Centre |
Referee: Qin Liang (China)
|28 February 2019 Cup of Nations|| Argentina ||0–5||Sydney, Australia|
|16:35 AEDT||Source||Stadium: Leichhardt Oval|
|3 March 2019 Cup of Nations|| Australia ||4–1||Brisbane, Australia|
|18:00 AEST||Source||Stadium: Suncorp Stadium|
|6 March 2019 Cup of Nations|| South Korea ||2–0||Melbourne, Australia|
|15:05 AEDT||Source||Stadium: AAMI Park|
|6 April 2019Friendly|| South Korea ||2–3||Yongin, South Korea|
|15:05 AEDT||Report||Stadium: Yongin Stadium |
Referee: Kajiyama Fusako (Japan)
|9 April 2019Friendly|| South Korea ||1–1||Chuncheon, South Korea|
|15:05 AEDT||Report||Stadium: Chuncheon Songam Stadium |
Referee: Kajiyama Fusako (Japan)
|1 June 2019Friendly|| Sweden ||1–0||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Report||Stadium: Gamla Ullevi|
|7 June 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup – GS|| France ||4–0||Paris, France|
|21:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Parc des Princes |
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
|12 June 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup – GS|| Nigeria ||2–0||Grenoble, France|
|15:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade des Alpes |
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
Squad for the 2019 Four Nations Tournament and 2019 Cup of Nations.
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||GK||Kang Ga-ae||10 December 1990||9||0|
|20||DF||Kim Hye-ri||25 June 1990||78||1|
|3||DF||Hong Hye-ji||25 August 1996||16||1|
|4||DF||Jeong Yeong-a||9 December 1990||12||0|
|5||DF||Park Se-ra||24 February 1990||0||0|
|6||DF||Jang Sel-gi||31 May 1994||47||11|
|7||MF||Kang Yu-mi||5 October 1991||24||8|
|10||MF||Ji So-yun||21 February 1991||119||54|
|9||MF||Han Chae-rin||2 September 1996||15||3|
|17||FW||Lee Geum-min||7 April 1994||43||14|
|11||MF||Lee Min-a||8 November 1991||51||14|
|12||FW||Jung Seol-bin||6 January 1990||72||20|
|27||MF||Jeon Ga-eul||14 September 1988||96||38|
|8||MF||Cho So-hyun||24 June 1988||124||20|
|16||MF||Lee So-dam||12 October 1994||45||4|
|22||FW||Son Hwa-yeon||15 March 1997||13||6|
|18||GK||Kim Jung-mi||16 October 1984||113||0|
|19||MF||Lee Young-ju||22 April 1992||24||2|
|13||FW||Yeo Min-ji||27 April 1993||28||10|
|21||GK||Jung Bo-ram||22 July 1991||3||0|
|2||DF||Lee Eun-mi||18 August 1988||84||14|
|23||MF||Jang Chang||21 June 1996||10||0|
|24||DF||Shin Dam-yeong||20 October 1993||31||1|
|25||DF||Ha Eun-hye||27 November 1995||3||0|
|26||DF||Lim Seon-joo||27 November 1990||72||5|
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