In order for the Korean women’s soccer team to make it to the Olympic finals for the first time in history, it must survive in the gap between Asian powerhouses.
On the 18th (Korean time), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held a draw for the Asian 2nd qualifying round for the ‘2024 Paris Olympics’ at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. South Korea was placed in Group B along with North Korea, China and Thailand.
The women’s national team, led by coach Colin Bell, accepted the worst grouping. Korea was port 2. Unless you were very unlucky, you could only expect to be drawn in a group with a strong team in pot 1, but in pots 3 and 4, you could expect to meet a team one step below.
However, North Korea,안전놀이터 the strong player in pot 4, entered the group with South Korea. North Korean women’s soccer is globally competitive. Nonetheless, since he has not played an international match recently, he is not ranked in the FIFA rankings and has been pushed to pot 4.
South Korea has recorded 1 win, 3 draws and 15 losses against North Korea, and is in an absolute inferiority. The only win was in 2005.
China in Pot 1 has also been the strongest player in East Asia for a long time, and it is a team that has been harassing Korea. Korea’s record against China is absolutely inferior with 4 wins, 8 draws and 29 losses. They are winless in their last 9 games.
In terms of military power and relative record, China and North Korea have an advantage over South Korea. Besides, the qualifying place is China. The 2nd qualifying round will be held as a short-term competition with one of the participating teams in each group. Group A will be played in Australia, Group B in China, and Group C in Uzbekistan.
South Korea will play a total of three matches against Thailand on October 26th, North Korea on October 29th, and China on November 1st. Of the 12 teams participating in the second qualifying round, four teams can advance to the final qualifying round. 1st place in each group, and 2nd place in each group, the team with the best results. In the final preliminary round held in February next year, the two teams that will advance to the finals will be decided.
Korean women’s soccer had nothing to do with the Olympics. The Women’s World Cup has advanced to the finals three times in history, and in particular, it has advanced to the round of 16 in 2015 by advancing in a row in the recent two tournaments led by the golden generation. The tournament co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand this year has also advanced to the finals. The Olympics, on the other hand, have never made it to the finals.