The nation’s largest dream soccer tournament, which had been postponed due to the influence of Typhoon Kanun, opened in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, and began a long two-week journey.
According to the city of Gyeongju on the 14th, the ‘2023 Hwarangdaegi National Youth Soccer Tournament’, which celebrated its 20th this year, started on the 12th and entered a fierce battle for 14 days. In the competition, 501 teams and 10,000 people from schools and clubs across the country will participate in 1,600 games. In particular, two teams from Nara City in Japan and Yangzhou City in China also participated.
The game will be held at various soccer fields, including Smart Air Dome, the first air dome soccer field in Korea, as well as soccer parks, Alcheon Stadium, Hwarang Village, and citizen playgrounds. In particular, from this year, it introduced an AI camera relay that detects the movement of players and the ball and automatically takes pictures. Accordingly, it is possible to watch the game on YouTube (KFATV Live, AI SPORTS TV).
Matches are divided into 1st and 2nd rounds. The first round will be held until the 17th, and the second round will be held as a full league from the 19th to the 25th.
Gyeongju Mayor Joo Nak-yeong said, “Hwarangdaegi is a prestigious tournament that has produced major soccer players such as Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton).” “We will spare no administrative capacity, such as operation, installation of ice boxes at stadiums, expansion of water supply, and implementation of cooling brakes.”
The Hwarangdaegi soccer tournament, which started in 2003, was initially a national elementary school soccer tournament at Noonnoppi Cup. In 2007, the venue was moved to Gyeongju, and the name was changed. Since then, it has grown into the largest youth soccer tournament in the country. Most middle school soccer teams finish their player scouting with this tournament as a starting point. For elementary players, it can be said to be an important competition to show off their last skills.토토사이트
Of the 21 players who made it to the finals for the first time in the history of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 19 were from Hwarangdaegi. Among the Korean national team players, Lee Kang-in, Hwang Hee-chan, Baek Seung-ho of Jeonbuk Hyundai, and Lee Seung-woo of Suwon FC are famous for their outstanding performances in Hwarang Daegi. Hwang Hee-chan scored 19 goals in this competition in 2008 and won the goal award for the highest record ever.