North and South Korean Soccer Teams Decide to Go It Alone


2018 Asian Gamespic
2018 Asian Games

A student majoring in kinesiology at Charleston Southern University, Andrew Khoury has a background in soccer that has culminated in various accolades and South Carolina state championships. Andrew Khoury follows soccer throughout not only South Carolina, but also the world.

One subject of recent speculation centered on whether North and South Korea soccer teams would join together in the wake of a summit between the two countries. Among the agreements at the inter-Korean summit was that the two nations would join forces in major sporting events like the 2018 Asian Games.

This comes on the heels of a 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in which the two Koreas joined up for the women’s ice hockey team. Unfortunately, with limited time to prepare and language and cultural barriers present, the team had a poor Olympic showing.

With federations such as table tennis, basketball, and judo ultimately agreeing to create joint teams, the Korean soccer federations decided against doing so. One issue was that North Korean athletes would be in danger of becoming “bit players,” as they had been on the Olympics hockey team. That said, South Korean men took the soccer gold medal and North Korean men the silver medal at the last Asian Games in 2014, making any prospective unified team a force with which to be reckoned.