Ji So-yeon said, “Women’s soccer, we messed up ourselves… The highest annual salary is 50 million won, who will play?”

Ji So-yeon (32, Suwon FC) couldn’t laugh even after winning the Midfielder of the Year award and the Help of the Year award (six) at the 2023 Women’s Football Federation Awards on the 14th. “If the WK League (Women’s Industrial Football) does not change, there will be no development in women’s soccer. It has remained the same since I left abroad in 2010 and returned to Korea,” she said.

Ji So-yeon expressed her disappointment when looking back on 2023 because she believes that women’s soccer has missed the opportunity this year.

The Australian and New Zealand Women’s World Cups were eliminated in the group stage, and the Hangzhou Asian Games were stopped in the quarterfinals, which drew attention for inter-Korean confrontation. And the women’s national soccer team in 2024 is preparing for a closure as it was also eliminated from the second qualifying round for the Paris Olympics next year. 온라인카지노

Ji So-yeon lamented, “The interest in the entertainment program has increased, but we ruined it ourselves. There is no big competition next year for us to participate.” It is all the more regrettable because it was on the rise just a year ago to reach the first final at the Women’s Asian Cup.

Ji So-yeon said, “The rivals continued to develop while we stopped,” adding, “If the players’ individual skills do not develop, their competitiveness will not increase.”

Ji pointed out the steady state of the WK League. “It could be a matter of chicken and eggs,” Ji said. “Players need to have good skills in order for the league to develop. In order to improve their skills, competition is needed, but now only players play. How many players will be able to play women’s soccer with the highest annual salary of 50 million won?”

“I want to change everything from one to ten. It is urgent to become professional. The reality is not the same as it was 10 years ago. Seeing more than 60,000 spectators at the match against Arsenal and Chelsea in the Women’s Super League, I feel a lot of responsibility.”

Ji So-yeon is not only co-chairman of the Korea Professional Football Association, but also serves as a member of the Korea Football Association.

“It’s an uncomfortable story that other players can’t bring up,” Ji said. “Honestly, as a player, I can be silent, but I want to help my juniors play in a better environment. We will also try to play soccer in front of a large audience.”

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