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American Football in Daegu, South Korea?

There are a few things I don’t think I’ll ever see here in Korea. A truly good Texas BBQ joint, a really good TexMex restaurant, a Starbucks (wait those are everywhere), a home with an outdoor swimming pool, or a football game. Yep, cross that last one off the list.

I figured the only way I would see football was watching a Cowboys game online. By the way, are we going to the Super Bowl this year or what? How ’bout them Cowboys!

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got a message from a friend who teaches at a local university saying there was a football game going on. I grabbed my camera bag and headed out not wanting to miss this chance. And I am glad I didn’t.

We had seats that were better than the 50 yard line even though they were more like the 35, because we were sitting on the field. We sat down behind the players on the sidelines and just camped out. There weren’t a lot of people there to watch the two universities play, but it was great.

Now when I say universities playing one another, I mean that in a loose way. We found out later that the home team had several guys on the team that were in the military. We even talked to one asking where he was from. New Jersey was the answer. We also talked to one of the Korean players during half-time. He didn’t attend the university. He was 43, but he didn’t play like a 43 year-old. He even asked if we wanted to play. I quickly said I enjoyed the sidelines with my camera and cold beverage much better.

The talent wasn’t great, and most of the players were Korean, but it was a lot of fun to watch. The home team QB had a good arm so they threw the ball a bit more than their opponent. But being down on the field for a lazy sunny Sunday was great. I think their league has just gotten started because I heard there was a game again this weekend but it rained a lot. I’d definitely love to see another game and perhaps take more pictures. I didn’t take many, and I didn’t take it too serious. Most were taken from my seat on the field while I visited with my friend.

It just goes to show you really never know what you might find here in Korea.

Yep that's roughing the kicker

It was wide left



You can view all of my photos from the day on my Flickr page.

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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “American Football in Daegu, South Korea?”

  1. Jeff Kulat says:

    Hey, I just came to Daegu about two weeks ago and I will be here for the year to teach at a local hogwan. I played D-1 ball back in the states, Offensive Line, and would love to play while I am over here in Korea – any football teams out here nowadays? And if there are, where can I ask to join? Please email me back at with a reply if anyone gets this.

    To whom it may concern,

    Jeff Kulat

  2. james foulks says:

    Hey I just got to Korea and I am interested in playing in the league. I play WR and RB so hopefully I can help out.


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