SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's football governing body said Monday it has signed memorandums of understanding with European teams to develop its youth system.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it signed MOUs with the football associations of Belgium and Croatia, as well as German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The KFA said its officials, including general secretary Hong Myung-bo, visited the three countries last month and inked the deals to improve its youth system.
The KFA said it decided to study the youth systems of Belgium, currently the top-ranked team in FIFA rankings, and Croatia, the runners-up at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to make better plans for the country's young football players.
The KFA said its officials also looked at Bayern Munich's club management system and that it will help South Korean athletes or coaches to train there in the future. This was the first time that the KFA signed a MOU with a professional football club.
The KFA said its deal with Belgium includes sharing information on youth football and coaching programs. The deal also allows the South Korean national football team to use facilities in Belgium when training in Europe.
With Croatia, the KFA said it exchanged information on training and tournament operations and discussed future friendly matches between youth teams.
The deal with Bayern Munich focuses on youth programs, the KFA added. Under it, the club will offer trial opportunities to South Korean youth players. The 28-time German Bundesliga champions currently have Jeong Woo-yeong on their youth team.
"Young players in South Korea have very good talent," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the CEO of Bayern Munich, said through the KFA. "Jeong is a great example. Through this MOU, we want to support the KFA's youth system and make it a success."