Nutty FC is one of the amateur teams helping to spread the women's game in South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN)For a long time in South Korea, there was a stereotype that football was too competitive for women. Girls were often told to behave modestly and physical education teachers would give footballs to boys and dodge balls to girls without hesitation or question.
Jung Ji-hyun was one of two girls who played football at her elementary school, where some 400 students attended. Her love for the sport had started by kicking a football with boys in her neighborhood.
While the other girl had to stop playing due to the opposition of her parents, Jung continued thanks to her relatively less strict parents and in college she joined a club, though it barely had enough people to play.
"Without many women playing, it was difficult to find teams to compete with," Jung, 28, told CNN Sport. "The discontent that I couldn't enjoy women's football in Korea as I wish started growing."
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