Korean Football FAQs

Why should I follow the football in Korea?

There are so many reasons to get into Korean football, so why wouldn’t you?

Korean football offers high profile K-League matches between recent Asian champions in World Cup stadia all the way down to one man and his heavily-accessorized dog lower level football and just about everything in between. So whatever breed of footbal fan you are or even if you are a newcomer to the game there’s the perfect game waiting to be watched somewhere not far away.

What if I’ve never watched football before?

First timer? No worries, going to the football is a brilliant way to meet new people- both Koreans and foreigners, learn about Korea, travel and of course have shed loads of fun…and we’ve not even got to the on-pitch action yet.

Who will I go the games with?

Why not suggest going along with any friends or colleagues you may have? Failing that just go along and say hello to those you may find. Most K-League clubs have at least a small but loyal contingent of foreign supporters and every team has willing groups of Korean fans, the majority of which will be younger males and females often enthusiastic to practice their English with you and invite you into the fold.  

What about getting hold of tickets? Is it expensive?

Those used to paying extrotionate sums for sports tickets back home will be in for a pleasant surprise- Korean football is cheap as chips. Most K-League clubs charge 10,000 won or less for a general admission ticket, though more can be spent in the main stands. At lower level matches are often completely free to enter and in just about every stadium throughout the leagues seating is rarely allocated, which means you can sit freely with any new friends you may have made and chat about the game.

What about traveling away to watch my team?

Away days at the football in Korea are a joy. Public transport is cheap, quick and convenient and just about all of the forty-odd Korean football clubs can be reached by train, bus or subway. K-League clubs, and even some National League clubs, also lay of supporter buses for fans wishing to travel to away games which are generally even cheaper and can be booked through the relevant supporters groups.

Better yet, away days afford the opportunity to visit cities and regions you’d likely not visit otherwise and see aspects of the ‘real’ Korea far from the beaten track and not in the guide books. Building some traveling over a weekend with some football in the middle of the trip is as satisfying as it gets some would say.

How can I keep up to date with all the Korean football going ons?

Football is not the media-dominating sport it is in other countries, and not speaking the language can make things less simple, but there are still enough ways to keep track of things in the Korean footballing world. The rokfootball.com forum is a good place to start and acts as a fantastic resource to find out the latest news and gossip, plan away trips and best of all chat with fellow Korean football devotees- folks who will be more than willing to meet up for a beer and a blather when your team meets theirs during the season.

There’s also The Outside View podcast as well as its corresponding blog (the one you have currently found yourself browsing), which from this season is promoted by Korea.net. The weekly podcast comes out on a Tuesday and takes a humerous look at the week’s footballing action in Korea, it’s always well worth a listen and can be subscribed to for free in the normal places.


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