Korean Children Playing Soccer | Photo Essay

Korean Children Playing Soccer

I’ve spent several years teaching English in Korea and I’ve taught students ranging in age from 5 all the way up to 80.  Although it’s been a great experience covering such a wide range of ESL learners, I must admit I prefer teaching children.  Although behaviour and classroom management can be issues with this age group, the enthusiasm children generally show in the classroom makes teaching a pleasure at times.

After eating lunch at my Korean elementary school cafeteria, I noticed a group of boys playing soccer wearing.  The same enthusiasm some of them show in my classroom during an English was on display at the field.  I was fortunate enough to have my Sony Alpha dSLR on hand with me at the time.

I was joined later on by the principle who earlier in the day presented me with a gift of some traditional Korean rice cakes.  As we watched the children playing we both marvelled at their youthful enthusiasm on the field.  The following is a photo essay showcasing some candid shots of them playing football:

Photo Essay: Koreans playing soccer

This Korean boy turned out to be the most photogenic of the entire group. In this shot he's just made a header.

This Korean boy turned out to be the most photogenic of the entire group. In this shot he’s just made a header.

This is an action shot of the children kicking the ball around the school yard.

This is an action shot of the children kicking the ball around the school yard.

A Korean boy following through on a kick he had just made.

A Korean boy following through on a kick he had just made.

Capturing a candid moment during this action sequence.

Capturing a candid moment during this action sequence.

Two Korean boys compete for control over the soccer ball.

Two Korean boys compete for control over the soccer ball.

An action shot of a Korean student just about to kick the ball on net.

An action shot of a Korean student just about to kick the ball on net.

A couple of the boys posing after the game was over.

My students are often eager to have their photos taken, as was the case with these two boys.  I have a large collection of portraits of children from the schools I`ve taught at over the years.

An action shot of a Korean boy kicking the ball.

An action shot of a Korean boy kicking the ball.

A funny candid expression from a Korean student.

A funny candid expression from a Korean student.

A shot of a boy charging towards the ball just prior to striking it with his foot.

A shot of a boy charging towards the ball just prior to striking it with his foot.

This boy was warming up and stretching his legs.

This boy was warming up and stretching his legs.

Another action shot of a boy just about to kick the football.

Another action shot of a boy just about to kick the football.

A shot of one of my Korean students leaping.

A shot of one of my Korean students leaping.

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  1. says: Patty

    I’ve spent several hours today reading over this fantastic blog. I have to tell you that I have enjoyed reading here and then following up with other searches to learn about several different cultures today. You have a real gift with words and a true eye for some of the most incredible photos. Please keep up the incredible work!

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  3. says: Laura

    Hi! What great shots of the kids playing soccer. Not only are the images technically perfect (to my untrained eye) but you’ve done a great job catching the exuberance and joy of playing a game. I would love to know what you shoot with and the settings you used. Action shots are very difficult for me and I actually avoid them because my pictures are always terrible. (if you tell me these great pics were shot with a disposable point and shoot, or your iPhone; I’m gonna take my fancy smancy camera to a pawn shop) (not really, I’ll just practice some more)

  4. says: Shane

    Great photos. I’m really looking forward to visiting Korea in the near future. It’s such a lovely country I must say. What’s your most favorite place in Korea that you can recommend?Thanks for sharing.