Korean American Football Association to restart football league | Sports

Players are getting nervous, Woo Cho said, and Sunday can’t come any sooner. Let’s go.

Cho, the newly elected president of the Korean American Football Association, said he had restarted a smaller version of the soccer league that players are used to. The Hyosung Construction 7-on-7 K League kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tiyan Football Field.

Six teams of about a dozen players per team are waiting in the wings, with many female and non-Korean players as well.

“This league started in 1976. Back then, there really wasn’t much to do and Guam had a lot of H2 workers,” Cho said. “So they created the Korea Football Association as a way for everyone to come together, and because we had a lot of outside players, it was also a way to mingle.”

7 to 7

Cho said that while H2 workers made up the majority of players, they weren’t all construction workers. There were semi-professionals and college footballers and the level of play was high. They held games at Eagle Lake in Tamuning, he said, and the league grew to nine teams playing 11.

“The only reason we’re playing 7 is because there aren’t as many participants,” Cho said. “We actually had sponsors ready for more teams, but not enough players.”

Cho thanked Park Jae Moom, former president of the Korean Association of Guam and owner of Hyosung Construction, who donated the money needed to start the league.

The six teams include defending champion and perennial powerhouse Sunny Divers, as well as SDA, Euro Car, Kian Construction, BTC and Guam Bomb, mostly a military team with Korean players, he said.

Open to everyone

The league is open to anyone living in Guam who is at least 15 years old.

There is no charge to play or to watch the games, Cho said. And the association is happy to accept new players from anywhere.

“We don’t discriminate,” he said. “As long as they are 15 or older.”

Female soccer players were eager to get back on the pitch too, Cho said, and they make up about 10% of the league.

Teams will play a triple round robin and have a playoff. They will take a break and then start a second quarter of football.

“The Korean community wants to grow this league. Eventually, we would also like to have teams in the leagues operated by the Guam Football Association,” Cho said.

The league started as a grassroots movement, Cho said, so it seems only fitting that it should start small again. The last time the association organized a match was at the end of 2019.

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