Football in the Korea Republic
Founded in 1928, the Korea Republic football association has been part of the global football family since 1948, when the republic was founded. Little is known about the early years other than that the Korea Republic took part in several Olympic Football Tournaments before playing host to the tournament in 1988. The Korea Republic's heyday as a host was reached in 2002, when it jointly organised the FIFA World Cup? alongside Japan. Professional football saw the light of day in 1983 with two professional and three amateur teams - a beginning that blossomed into the modern-day K-League. The league evolved into 10 teams in 1997 and reached international fame, partly because of many outstanding players who soon became a household name in Europe: Cha Bum-Kun, Kim Joo-Sung, Ahn Jung-Hwan, who earned wide respect in Germany; Park Ji-Sung, who was successful first in the Netherlands, then in England; and Hong Myung-Bo, who led his team to the semi-final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in his fourth consecutive World Cup finals. He rounded off his career in the USA in 2004.
Goal Project
The project approved by the Goal Bureau for the Korea Republic association on 4 February 2008 comprises the extension of the national football centre, increasing the number of rooms from 46 to 86 and extending additional rooms such as the cafeteria and kitchen accordingly.  This will create optimum conditions for several courses (primarily coaching courses) to be held and would be suitable for other associations to organise training camps and international youth tournaments.
Use of FAP funds
Extension to the national football centre in Paju City
Project approved
4 February 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Other sources USD 2,116,722 Total cost USD 2,516,722