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S. Korean women's Olympic football qualifiers rescheduled for Feb. 2021

All News 20:45 May 27, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean women's Olympic football qualifying matches against China have been rescheduled for February next year, following the one-year postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Wednesday that, in consultation with FIFA, it has approved proposals by both South Korea and China to play their two-legged Olympic qualifiers on Feb. 19 and 24, 2021.

The winner will book a spot at the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held from July 23-Aug. 8 next year, instead of the original slot for July 24-Aug. 9, 2020.

In this file photo from Feb. 9, 2020, South Korean players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Vietnam in their Group A match in the third round of the Asian qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. (Yonhap)

South Korea and China were supposed to meet in the playoffs on March 6 and 11, but with both countries heavily affected by the pandemic, the AFC on Feb. 28 moved the matches to April 9 and 14. Then on March 9, the matches were pushed further back to June 4 and 9.

And after the Tokyo Olympics got pushed back by a year in late March, the AFC, South Korea and China began discussing new dates for the qualifying matches.

"The latest decision was confirmed to allow both member associations to have sufficient preparation time, considering the challenging and unprecedented circumstances brought about by the pandemic," the AFC said in its statement.

In this file photo from Feb. 9, 2020, South Korea head coach Colin Bell directs his players against Vietnam in the teams' Group A match in the third round of the Asian qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. (Yonhap)

The winner of this two-legged showdown will qualify for the Olympics. In the other playoff series that has already been played, Australia crushed Vietnam 7-1 in the aggregate score to book their spot first.

Coached by Englishman Colin Bell, South Korea are ranked 18th in the world, three spots below China. In 37 all-time meetings, South Korea have four wins, six draws and 27 losses against China.

Women's football joined the Olympics in 1996, and South Korea, dubbed the Taeguk Ladies, have never played in the event.

In this file photo from Feb. 9, 2020, Ji So-yun of South Korea (C) is carried by her teammates after scoring a goal against Vietnam in their 3-0 victory in the teams' Group A match in the third round of the Asian qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. (Yonhap)

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