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South Korea Defense Ministry to launch women's football club
« on: January 18, 2007, 01:30:46 PM »
SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- The Defense Ministry on Thursday said it will soon create a women's football team as a way to boost women's sports. The team will become the nation's fifth semi-professional women's club.

The club will join the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps, which manages sports teams affliated with the military. The franchise will be located in Busan, the country's largest port city, a ministry official said.

Seventeen to 18 players will be recruited into the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy through an open competition before the 15-week training session beginning in mid-March, according to the official.

Other teams in the semi-professional women's league include Seoul City, Chungnam Ilhwa, the Daekyo Kangaroos and Hyundai Steel.

The team will likely debut in a tournament for women's clubs nationwide in July.

South Korea's women's football, unlike its strong North Korean counterpart, failed to make the finals of the 16-nation Women's World Cup in Beijing, held in September.