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. • 5 teams--Hallelujah, Daewoo, POSCO, Yukong Elephants, Kookmin Bank. • Among the oldest and respected clubs in Asia.
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 • 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 • 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 • Every 4 years • Held in USA in 1994 • Most recent World cup held in South Korea (2002)
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
Similarities • 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”
Differences • South Korea fans vs American fans • Style of play • Recruiting
South Korea More reserved Defensive Team defending United States Attacking Individual attacking One on one defending Style of Play
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 • Little amount of organized soccer • Children play in streets • Little amount of college soccer