The Korean women’s soccer team challenging the 2024 Paris Olympics belonged to the ‘group of death’. It is truly a thorny road.
The Korean women’s soccer team, led by head coach Colin Bell, was in Group B in the draw for the 2024 Paris Olympics women’s football Asian region held at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 18th (Korean time) and played China, North Korea and Thailand. tied together
The FIFA women’s soccer rankings were divided into four pots. Korea, ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, entered Pot 2 with Vietnam (33rd) and Taiwan (37th). It is unavoidable to meet Australia (10th), Japan (11th), and China (13th), who entered Port 1, but it is expected to be a difficult journey tied up with North Korea in Port 4.메이저놀이터
North Korea has the strongest power, but since the Corona 19 incident, North Korea has implemented border closure measures and has not played an international game. They were classified as Pot 4 due to their lack of recent records, but they ended up in Group B, which Korea belongs to. South Korea is inferior to North Korea in the past with 1 win, 3 draws and 15 losses. Since winning 1-0 in the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Cup in August 2005, they have been in a slump in 12 matches (2 draws and 10 losses).
Korea is also behind another opponent, China, with 4 wins, 8 draws and 29 losses. Group B matches, in which Korea belongs, will be played in China. South Korea, Thailand, and North Korea, excluding China, are inevitably at a disadvantage. Thailand (44th) is also considered a strong force among the third pot countries. Fortunately, Korea is on a four-game winning streak against Thailand. Even in the past, they lead with 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.
A total of 12 teams participated in the Asian region’s second round of qualifiers, and one team with the best score among the 1st and 2nd places in each group advances to the final qualifiers. The four teams in the final qualifying round will be grouped into two teams and face each other in a home-and-away match. The two winning teams will get tickets to the Paris Olympics. The second qualifying round will be held from October 23rd to November 1st. The semi-finals will be held on February 24 and 28 next year. Korean women’s soccer has never made it to the Olympic finals.
Meanwhile, Group A was tied together by Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Iran. Japan, in Group C, faced Vietnam, Uzbekistan and India.