Presentation on theme: "The World’s Game United States vs. South Korea. Preview History in South Korea Korean League (K- League) History in USA Major League Soccer (MLS) The."— Presentation transcript:
The World’s Game United States vs. South Korea
Preview History in South Korea Korean League (K- League) History in USA Major League Soccer (MLS) The World Cup Fan Support Similarities Differences
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 Had foreign players play in our league. Pele Failed--over reliance on the foreign players and short sighted spending.
Major League Soccer MLS 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
Style of Play South Korea More reserved Defensive Team defending United States Attacking Individual attacking One on one defending
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