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I’m going to catch the ‘future of the world’…The era of successful semi-professional contracts

The semi-professional contract system introduced by the K-League to foster promising players has been serving as a catalyst to explode players’ potential since they were in high school. In particular, semi-professional contract players such as Yang Min-hyuk of K-League 1 Gangwon FC, who is called by big clubs of the English Premier League, and Park Seung-soo of Suwon Samsung, who set the record for the youngest score ever in the K-League, are remarkable this year.

Introducing the results of the semi-professional contract through a weekly briefing held at the Seoul Shinmun-ro Football Center on the 2nd, the Professional Football Federation said, “In conjunction with the mandatory rules for players under the age of 22 (U-22), a virtuous cycle has been created in which each club actively utilizes the semi-professional contract, increasing investment in youth development.”

The semi-professional contract system is designed to enable prospective players from youth clubs under the K-League to pursue both academic and athletic career. However, a cap on the number of contracts allowed for each club’s five players per year was placed to prevent the prospect from being swept away. Players who have signed the contract can also participate in competitions at other academies only once, but if they participate in official K-League games, they will be restricted from participating in competitions from now on.

Yang is a good example of a semi-professional contract. Yang, who is currently studying at Gangneung Jeil High School, signed a semi-professional contract with Gangwon at the end of last year when he was a sophomore. He is the first semi-professional player in the K-League to sign an official professional contract during the season. He has established himself as a key player in his team by scoring five goals and three assists in 19 matches, and is currently in negotiations with EPL’s big club for a transfer. 스포츠토토

Park scored at the age of 17 years, three months, and 21 days in the 20th round of the K League 2 against the Ansan Greeners on April 30, breaking the record of the youngest score ever in the history of the K League. Park, who was listed as the youngest semi-professional contract player in the K League last year, emerged as a hope of Suwon Samsung as he quickly adapted to the professional stage through the mandatory U-22 participation system.

The semi-professional contract system, which was introduced to encourage each club to strengthen investment in youth clubs, has been in effect since 2018 by referring to similar systems in overseas leagues.

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