2018 New Year’s Address by Chung, Monggyu, the President of Korea Football Association
Date : 2018.01.09
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To all football families,
A new year has begun. I wish you and your family all the happiness and blessings.
Last year the Korean football had glorious moments including qualifying for the World Cup 9 times consecutively and successfully hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. At the same time Korea Football Association had to go through criticisms for various reasons. KFA, with the awareness of variety of requirements being present simultaneously, will do its job as to have the national teams in every age group perform with excellence in international tournaments.
In order to accomplish the mission I have put together KFA’s goal of the year as follows.
First, Put the best efforts to qualify beyond the round of 16 in FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
KFA will assist the national team with every possible method so that the team can qualify for the round of 16 and beyond in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Second, Provide better environments for the youth to grow.
A newly founded department, Management Office of Youth Strategy, will be in charge of improving the environments for young players including the introduction of 8 on 8 football at elementary school level starting 2019.
Third, Have 200 thousand players registered.
We will have 200 thousand players registered. The number is currently 110 thousand. Last year the 7th division was organized and the 6th division is starting this year. Hereafter we will be preparing the 5th division and including them in the current division system.
Fourth, Push the construction of the second NFC forward.
The Paju NFC is practically holding beyond its capacity. Therefore building the second NFC is a long-wanted project of the Korean football. We will get ready to have the business started soon.
Dear football families,
It is said that a crisis is a blessing in disguise. I believe in the power of Korean football has shown whenever it was in difficult times. However the power is not the possession of one man. Not only KFA but also each and every single one of football lovers including players, coaches, referees, administrators, fans, and medias have to work together to organize the power.
I wish the Korean football can bring happiness, joy and hopes to Korean people this year, resulting in the renaissance of the Korean football’s popularity from the youth league to the K League.
Happy New Year
The first day of 2018
Chung, Monggyu, President of KFA