Korea: Seoul American Football Association Collegiate Spring Championship is Underway

The Seoul American Football Association Open Bowl Championship is in Full Swing

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the 1st round of the Seoul American Football Association’s Collegiate spring championships in Seoul, Korea. Annually, the SAFA hosts the OPEN BOWL which features the university teams and their respective alumni players in competition for the Open Bowl Championship and bragging rights until the beginning of the university regular season coming in the fall. It also serves as an opportunity for new players to learn from the alumni and get some valuable game experience before the beginning of the fall regular season.

This year’s Open Bowl Championship features one of the largest pool of contenders for an Open Bowl in recent history. It’s noteworthy to mention that all of the Seoul League’s games will be played on the Dobong Municipal Field, which is a compacted dirt surface. These young men certainly must learn how to play tough.

This year, 9 Seoul teams will take part in the championship. Yongin University White Tigers, Yonsei University Eagles, HanYang University Lions, Seoul National University Green Terrors, Hongik University Cowboys, HanKuk University Black Knights, KonKuk University Raging Bulls, the Korea University Tigers, and last years’ Open Bowl champions the SungKyunKwan University Royals.

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There was plenty of football action to be had and a few teams stood above the rest to secure their path into the next round. The games held at Dobong Municipal Field saw 8 of the 9 teams play. The scores were as follows from the May 9 and 10th games:

KonKuk University Raging Bulls 78 – YongIn University White Tigers 6
Seoul National Uni. Green Terrors 12 – HanKuk Uni. Black Knights 0
Korea University Tigers 22 – Hongik Cowboys 7
Yonsei University Eagles 27 – HanYang Uni. Lions 6

The consolation games bracket also shows the defending champion SungKyunKwan University Royals 20 against the KonKuk Uni. Raging Bulls 18. The Royals had a bye in the first round.

HanKuk Uni. Black Knights 36 – Yongin Uni. White Tigers 8
HanYang Uni. Lions 12 – Hongik Uni. Cowboys 6

Dennis Battistella
A writer for American Football International. Graduated with a MSM at University of St. Francis, Joliet(USA). Current Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Eulji University, Korea. Player with Seoul Vikings, Korea.
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