The match between South Korea and Singapore was counted as the second-largest crowd in the first round of the 2026 FIFA North-China World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round. South Korea’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, won 5-0 against Singapore in the first round of Group C in the second Asian qualifying round of the North-China World Cup at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 16th. At that time, as many as 64,381 spectators gathered at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. 스포츠토토핫
Thai media Siam Sports summarized the attendance rankings of the first round of the second preliminary round games held across Asia on the 16th. The game that attracted the most spectators across Asia was the Iraq-Indonesia match in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
As many as 64,447 people visited the scene in the match between the two teams at Basra International Stadium. This game needs to be taken into account that Iraq has put a lot of effort into hosting it to show off externally in terms of the process of national reconstruction. It was a game that proved that Iraq, which had not been able to hold home games in the World Cup or Olympic qualifiers, can now safely hold home games.
Spectators for the South Korea-Singapore match ranked second overall after the Iraq-Indonesia match. The difference in attendance between the two games is only 66. Third place was the match between Thailand and China at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok. The game drew 35,000 spectators. Fourth place was the match between Japan and Myanmar 34,484 held at the Osaka Suita Football Stadium.
In the past, the number of spectators for the Korean national soccer team games often went up and down depending on the opponent’s name value. However, since the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup, no matter which team they play, there have been cases of full spectators. The main reasons are that soccer has become more popular than before, and that the proportion of female fans, who have great purchasing power, has increased significantly. It is safe to say that the Korean national soccer team’s ability to mobilize spectators at home games is the highest in the Asian continent.
Meanwhile, the Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Klinsmann, will play an away match against China in the second round of Group C scheduled at 9 p.m. on the 21st at the Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen. Chinese media reported that 40,000 tickets for the Korea-China war have been sold out.