See inside the Pyongyang International Football School in North Korea as they reveal details of their training regime to China Central Television (CCTV) during a recent visit to the centre.
Reportedly the only youth football academy in the secretive state, over 190 students from across the country are said to be enrolled at the school.
Deputy principal Kim Choel Woong describes the selection process:
There are two selections [of students] each year.
Students from all DPRK shall take two rounds of examinations.
The incompetent students will be sent back and replaced by the newly-selected.
Ten percent [of the students] will be eliminated.
Young players apparently watch videos, “mainly from Germany”, “to keep track of the new trend of football” and train on four available pitches with “17 DPRK experienced and meritorious players as coaches”.
One of these coaches, Lee Yo, said:
We are learning the popular training methods in the world and promoting them in school.
We also make some training methods according to the football’s growing trend.
We will conduct training of flexibility, speed, agility, dribbling and tactics according to the ability of young students.
All the trainings are conducted with football.
Pyongyang International Football School is said to have been established on May 31, 2015, “under the instruction of DPRK’s top leader Kim Jong Un”.
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