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The World’s Game. United States vs. South Korea. History in South Korea Korean League (K-League) History in USA Major League Soccer (MLS). The World Cup Fan Support Similarities Differences. Preview. History in South Korea. Korean League (K-League) started in early 1980’s.

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the world s game

The World’s Game

United States vs. South Korea

History in South Korea

Korean League (K-League)

History in USA

Major League Soccer (MLS)

The World Cup

Fan Support



history in south korea
History in South Korea
  • Korean League (K-League) started in early 1980’s.
  • 5 teams--Hallelujah, Daewoo, POSCO, Yukong Elephants, Kookmin Bank.
  • Among the oldest and respected clubs in Asia.
k league today
K-League Today
  • 13 teams
  • Local Cities
  • Focus primarily on team rather than individual
  • Less flashy compared to other asian clubs.
  • Fans show up in the millions.
history in usa
History in USA
  • NASL (North American Soccer League) in 1968-1984.
  • Had foreign players play in our league.
  • Pele
  • Failed--over reliance on the foreign players and short sighted spending.
major league soccer
Major League Soccer
  • MLS-- 1993-present.
  • Created in exchange for World Cup
  • Has yet to be accepted as one of the professional sports leagues
  • Becoming popular
the world cup
The World Cup
  • Every 4 years
  • Held in USA in 1994
  • Most recent World cup held in South Korea (2002)
lack of fans
Lack of Fans
  • America has not caught on to the “foreign game”
  • Few or low goal scoring
  • Few set plays
  • No fixed positions
  • Yet to be accepted by mainstream society
  • Average salaries
  • MLS's maximum salary is only $236,750--less than the NBA's minimum salary.
  • The minimum salary in the MLS in 20,000
  • Both leagues considered “cheap”
  • South Korea fans vs American fans
  • Style of play
  • Recruiting
style of play
South Korea

More reserved


Team defending

United States


Individual attacking

One on one defending

Style of Play
programs for soccer in usa
Programs for Soccer in USA
  • Youth Leagues U-9 up until U-19
  • College Soccer D1, D2, and D3
  • Men’s and Women’s League for 21 and older
  • ODP (Olympic Development Program)
programs for soccer in south korea
Programs for Soccer in South Korea
  • Little amount of organized soccer
  • Children play in streets
  • Little amount of college soccer