Korea Republic will feature in their fourth successive FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016, where they will aim to reprise their success of Germany 2010 as the team finished third with a surprise run to the latter stages. Since then, Korea Republic have more than held their own among the world’s elite, reaching the quarter-finals in both tournaments since. They made their debut in 2004 when they were eliminated in the group stage.
Korea Republic endured some indifferent results during their 2015 qualifying campaign. At one end of the spectrum the side crashed home a cumulative total of 16 goals in wins over Iran and Thailand. They did, however, suffer 1-0 losses against continental heavyweights Japan and Korea DPR, before finding their rhythm with a 4-0 rout of China PR as they booked passage to the world stage in style.
Women’s football fortunes in Korea Republic have been on an upward spiral since 2010 when the U-17 side were crowned world champions, just a few months after their U-20 side reached their maiden semi-final. 2015 saw Korea Republic end a 12-year absence from the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in a milestone moment for the Taeguk Ladies. Meanwhile, results and performances for the nation’s senior youth team suggest that the additional focus on women’s football in the country over the past decade is continuing to pay dividends.