The South Korea Women’s National Team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, will look to reach the quarterfinals for the first time at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be co-located in Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. There are 32 nations in the tournament. South Korea, ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, will open its Group H campaign against Colombia (25) at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Four years of preparation are coming to fruition. Bell took over the reins of the Women’s National Team after the 2019 World Cup, and under the slogan “High Intensity,” she pushed the team to perform at their best in every training session. They’ve held several domestic trials and sparred with other nations across Europe, South America, and Africa, including the 2023 Arnold Clarke Cup in England.
The time is right for peak performance. Belhoda is an organized team with a strong physical foundation and a relentless fighting spirit. The main players are also in their prime. Women’s soccer icon Ji So-yeon (32, Suwon FC), Lee Kum-min (29, Brighton & Hove Albion), and Cho So-hyun (35, Tottenham Hotspur Women) led the team with outstanding performances and leadership in recent trials. It is also the last World Cup for veterans such as Ji So-yeon, Cho So-hyun and Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC).
They’ve also got some threatening weapons. The 6-foot-3 striker Park Eun-sun (36) adds height to the Belo Horizonte. Park dominated the Africans in physicality and delivery in two exhibition games against Zambia. For Park, the Women’s World Cup in Australia-New Zealand is a ‘last dance’.
Belhoda has been organized to the last minute. 메이저놀이터 The women’s national team trained at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) since the 17th of last month, and played their final exhibition match against Haiti on the 8th. The team departed the country via Incheon International Airport on Tuesday afternoon after a 2-1 upset win over Haiti. With expectations high for the team’s best finish beyond the round of 16 in Canada 2015, Bell said, “I know the World Cup will be tough, but I’m looking forward to it. Right now, I’m only thinking about the first game. The first goal is to win the first game.”
South Korea, ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, is drawn in Group H alongside Germany (2nd), Colombia (25th), and Morocco (72nd). The team will open the tournament on Sept. 25 against Colombia. They will face Morocco on Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. and Germany on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the final match.