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The first South Korean football players association has been registered as a legal entity in an important milestone for footballers in the country.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism last week officially incorporated the organization, known as FIFPro Korea, three months after the organization was unveiled at a news conference in Seoul.

“I am happy with this achievement, which we have worked very hard for in the last five years,” Hoon-ki Kim, Secretary General of FIFPro Korea (in the center of the picture), said. “We would not have gone this far without the strong support of FIFPro.”

"We are ready to focus our attention fully on the issues that affect professional players in Korea, such as nonpayment of salaries, early termination of player contracts, playing conditions, and safety issues. 

“By eliminating these concerns, we will create an environment in which players can focus on what they do best – playing the beautiful game.”

FIFPro Asia Chairman Takuya Yamazaki congratulated FIFPro Korea for officially becoming recognized and said he looked forward to close cooperation between the country’s football stakeholders.

 “With FIFA actively encouraging collaboration among all stakeholders, I invite South Korea’s football stakeholders, including the Football Association, the K League, and the clubs to engage with FIFPro Korea to find win-win solutions to issues involving players. 

“I have no doubt that through building constructive working relationships with the sport’s stakeholders FIFPro Korea will bring positive changes to the sport of football in South Korea.”

FIFPro is committed to providing full support to FIFPro Korea. The association is expected to become a candidate member of the global union in December.