Hwarangdae football tournament ‘produces Lee Kang-in’, begins 1,600-match campaign

The nation’s largest dream football tournament, which was postponed due to Typhoon Kanun, has kicked off its two-week campaign in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

According to Gyeongju City on Thursday, the 20th edition of the ‘2023 Hwarangdae National Youth Football Competition’ started on the 12th and has been in full swing for 14 days. More than 501 teams and 10,000 players from schools and clubs across the country participated in the tournament, playing more than 1,600 matches, including two teams from Nara City, Japan, and Yangzhou City, China.

온라인바카라 The games are played at various football venues, including the Smart Air Dome, the first air dome football field in Korea, as well as football parks, Alcheon Stadium, Hwarang Village, and civic stadiums. This year, in particular, the tournament introduced AI camera coverage, which detects the movement of players and the ball and shoots automatically. As a result, you can also watch the games on YouTube (KFATV Live, AI SPORTS TV).

The tournament will be divided into two rounds. The first round will be held until the 17th and the second round will be a full league from the 19th to the 25th.

“Hwarangdae is a long-established tournament that has produced great national football players such as Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton),” said Gyeongju Mayor Joo Nak-young. “As the tournament is being held in a heat wave, we will spare no administrative capacity, such as operating cooling fog (water particle spray) on outdoor football fields, installing stadium ice boxes and expanding water supply, and implementing cooling breaks.”

The Hwarangdae Football Competition, which began in 2003, was initially the Nunghwa Cup National Elementary School Football Competition. In 2007, the tournament moved to Gyeongju City and changed its name. It has since grown into the largest youth football tournament in the country. Most middle school soccer teams use this tournament to complete their player scouting. For primary school players, it”s their last chance to showcase their skills.

In the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 19 of the 21 players who reached the final for the first time in history were from Hwarangdae. Lee Kang-in, Hwang Hee-chan, Jeonbuk Hyundai’s Baek Seung-ho, and Suwon FC’s Lee Seung-woo are just a few of the Korean national team players who made their mark at Hwarangdae. Hwang Hee-chan scored 19 goals in the 2008 edition of the tournament, the most in the history of the competition.
Article courtesy of NoCut News

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