BUSAN, South Korea — The 2013 season of the Korean Foreigner Football League (KFFL) concludes this weekend with what promises to be a stellar fixture between the top clubs, Busan United and Jeonju FC. The final takes place this Saturday, July 6 with kickoff at 2:00 p.m. at the 30,000-seat Yangsan Stadium.
The talented United breezed through the season schedule, winning 10 matches while drawing once with one defeat. That one defeat, however, came against second-place Jeonju FC, who surprised United with 5-0 drubbing on May 11. United will not only be looking for revenge, but to add to their impressive list of championship hardware since they were formed in 2006.
Both clubs have high scoring offenses and stellar defenses, making the final all the more intriguing. United’s offense is led by midfielder Andy Green and striker Mike Wilkinson, who both scored six goals this season, while Jeonju is led by striker Andy Gray, who was third in the league with eight goals.
‘The standard and professionalism within the league continues to grow and this will be showcased at Yangsan Stadium this weekend. Equally as important, the league has become one giant social network,’ says Gary Kenny, the league’s chairman. ‘The camaraderie between players and teams has shown that football really does bring people together.’
The KFFL was the brainchild of a group of keen footballers who wanted to experience an organized football league in the southern regions of the Republic of Korea. Robin Seekatz of founding club Daegu Devils and Mike Lamb, formerly of Busan United, put the wheels in motion for all soccer enthusiasts to have a weekly fixture in their lives. The first season began in the fall of 2007 with five teams (three from Busan and two from Daegu). Six years later, the league has expanded to seven teamsâBusan United, Jeonju FC, Changwon Wednesday, Daegu Devils, FC Daegu, Inter Busan and Pohang Ironmen.
The KFFL season lasts from early March and concludes in early July. For those looking to find out more information about the league or how to join, you can visit their website or email Gary Kenny at email@example.com.
Match at a Glance
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