South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is described in a 1948 U.N. resolution as the only lawful government in Korea.
The name “Korea” is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages.
South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Its neighbors are China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea to the south. The capital and largest city is Seoul.
The Republic of Korea was proclaimed in August 1948 and received UN-backed support from the US after it was invaded by the North two years later. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace agreement, leaving South Korea technically at war for more than 50 years.
Government-sponsored schemes encouraged the growth of family-owned industrial conglomerates, known as “chaebol”. Foremost among them were the Hyundai and Samsung groups. They helped transform South Korea into one of the world’s major economies and a leading exporter of cars and electronic goods.
Relations with its northern neighbour remain a major concern in Seoul, particularly over the North’s fragile economy and its nuclear ambitions. The demilitarised zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea is the world’s most heavily-fortified frontier.
The objectives of AFI South Korea include:
- Encouraging participation at the grassroots level, with a focus on youth and community development
- Establishing Footy 9s in the Korean school sports curriculum at both primary and secondary level
- Introducing Footy 9s as a university sport in South Korea
- Providing players with the opportunity to compete in competitions at school and club level in South Korea
- Establishing National Teams (men & women) to compete in matches against other countries
- Securing recognition of Footy 9s as an official sport in South Korea
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