Maetango won 1-0 thanks to Kim Seong-ju’s penalty kick in the U-18 Championship final against Osan High School held at Cheonan Sports Complex on the 28th. In the ‘Mini Super Match’ held at the Cheonan Sports Complex this time, supporters from both teams cheered enthusiastically and created a heated atmosphere. Kim Sung-joo, who scored a penalty kick in the 31st minute of the second half, held a ceremony pointing at the Suwon emblem in front of the fans right after scoring. Maetango lifted the championship cup by winning this tournament. This is the first time Maetango has won the U-18 Championship.
The best player award of the tournament went to Maetango midfielder Yoo Jong-seok, and Maetango coach Baek Seung-ju, who led the championship, received the best coach award. On the other hand, Jeonbuk U-17 team Yeongsaeng High School won the championship in the under-17 (U-17) Championship, a competition for the lower grades. 토토 Youngsaeng High School met Suwon U-17 (Maetango) on the 28th and won 2-1 thanks to consecutive goals from Jin Tae-ho and Choi Kang-min. Youngsaenggo also tasted its first win at the U-17 Championship.
The ‘GROUND.NK League U18 Championship’, which celebrated its ninth this year, is a summer tournament in which high school (U18) clubs under the K-League compete. A total of 24 teams participated in this competition, and it was held in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do for 14 days from July 15th to 28th.
The K-League Youth Championship has established itself as the best youth competition in Korea by repeating various attempts to develop the skills of youth players. This year, the team continued to operate high-level competitions in consideration of the athletes, such as providing video analysis data of all games, providing physical data using EPTS, hosting night games, and implementing cooling breaks. From the tournament, all matches were broadcast live on YouTube, and the final was broadcast live on TV through Sky Sports, a soccer-focused sports channel.
In addition, Nexon, which services ‘EA SPORTS™ FIFA Online 4 (hereafter referred to as ‘FIFA Online 4′)’ in Korea, provided a lot of support as the title sponsor of the tournament for two consecutive years. The federation and Nexon jointly launched the K-League youth soccer support project ‘GROUND.N’ in January of last year.
Meanwhile, the K-League Under 12 (U-12) and Under 11 (U-11) Championship, an elementary school competition for youth clubs under the K-League, hosted by the federation, was held in Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do for a total of 7 days from the 14th to the 20th of this month. Lastly, the K-League Under 15 (U-15) and Under 14 (U-14) Championships, which are middle school competitions, will be held in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do for 13 days from August 9th to 21st.