It is important to make new friends when you move abroad to teach. A great way to meet new people in Korea is through sports. In this blog article we have put together a list of the top expat sports communities in the Seoul area.


1. PROJECT BALL (Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Dodgeball and Kickball)     

One of the biggest recreational sports communities in Seoul with over 13,000 members. Project Ball is a one-stop-shop and has a very active schedule throughout the year. Anyone can join but spaces are limited to first come, first serve system.  Check out their Facebook page on how to register and registration fees.

https://www.facebook.com/projectballmedia/?ref=br_rs

Project Ball Logo (Source: Project Ball Facebook page)
Project Ball Logo (Source: Project Ball Facebook page)

2) SEOUL FLYERS RUNNING CLUB (Running)

Started in 2006 and with over 4,000 members from all over the world. This club is open to anyone and very active. There is a members club but you can still run and participate without it 5 days a week ( Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Each day has its own designated route. 

The best way to join up and start running is to check out the website https://seoulflyerstech.wixsite.com/seoulflyers 

3. KOREA EXPAT RUGBY ASSOCIATION (Rugby)

Probably one of the first expat sports associations formed in 1979 and still very active today for both men and women’s teams. There are teams spread across the country filled with every nationality and types of backgrounds you can imagine. From overseas tournaments to charity events if you love rugby then join one of the teams. Simply message the group on Facebook and enquire how to join.

https://www.facebook.com/KoreanExpatRugbyAssociation/

Tournament and league games are played regularly (Source: KERA Facebook page)
Tournament and league games are played regularly (Source: KERA Facebook page)

4. SEOUL BASEBALL LEAGUE (Baseball)

The SBL is runnings it’s 5th year and going strong with members. Each year there are roughly 5 or 6 teams competing against each other. Anyone can join and games are usually on the weekends. The best way to get all the info you need is from the SBL Facebook page. There is a fee to join this league (100,000won or 90,000 early bird fee) as you need to buy uniforms and other costs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoulbaseballleague/

5. CANADA BALL HOCKEY KOREA (Ball Hockey)

Started in 2009 and open to any skills level for both male and females. There are currently 8 teams that compete against each other (112 players capped). Games are every Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays are for drop in games and Sundays for league games. You do need your own stick but if you can’t borrow one, there is a store at the rink location that sells them. Currently, spring fees are 160,000w, fall 140,000w, summer 70,000w, and drop in hockey is 10,000w. Spring and Fall fees include a t-shirt, a season ending buffet and booze banquet, and awards. New players also receive a mouthguard. The best way to sign up is through the website.

http://www.cbhk.co/

The CBHK rink is in East Seoul (Source: CBHK homepage)
The CBHK rink is in East Seoul (Source: CBHK homepage)

6. SEOUL SATURDAY (OR SUNDAY) SOCCER LEAGUE (Soccer)

There are two leagues to choose from when wanting to play soccer in Seoul, the Saturday and the Sunday league. Both leagues run two seasons per year, and have 2 divisions with promotion and relegation each season. Most teams are eager to recruit and have pre-season games where you can try out for the team.  Visit the league sites for more info.

http://seoulsaturdaysoccerleague.com/sssl/scripts/ShowPage.php

http://www.ssflkorea.org/

7. CLIMBING IN KOREA (Various outdoor sports)

This is a group for people who love the outdoors. The group has over 12,000 members from all over the world and they organise weekly outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, camping, rowing, kayaking, rafting and rock climbing. They travel all over Korea and so members will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful areas of the country while meeting new people.

http://www.meetup.com/climbinginkorea/

https://www.facebook.com/ClimbingInKorea

Climbing in Korea Logo (Source: CIK homepage)
Climbing in Korea Logo (Source: CIK homepage)

8. KOREA ULTIMATE SEOUL LEAGUE (Ultimate Frisbee)

The Seoul Ultimate Frisbee League runs every Fall and Spring. However numbers and demand are not always enough to make a season. So check their Facebook page for latest info. Still its possible to find other meetup games in the group. Also if you are a seasoned pro at the sport try going for the national Korea team. Visit the official Korea Players Association for full info about the sport.

http://www.facebook.com/seoul.league/?ref=br_rs

https://koreaultimate.org/?fbclid=IwAR3SVqCZweKU0d8Flk0eTO-4Y92YmlFjtRt44mB9XflpGku8LWXvS1xmCCk

9. SEOUL CHIEFS & GECKOS ICE HOCKEY (Ice Hockey)

For any Ice Hockey players in Seoul there are two big teams available that organise regular games and have a fun social aspect as well. They play in different rinks, the Chiefs play in west Seoul at Mokdong while Geckos play in Anyang outside of Seoul in the south.

Seoul Chiefs https://www.facebook.com/groups/421180567977114/

Geckos https://www.facebook.com/groups/138530922865743/about/

(Source: Geckos Team FB Page)
(Source: Geckos Team FB Page)

10. FIELD HOCKEY IN SOUTH KOREA (Field Hockey)

A small but active club that meets with locals to have a friendly match of field hockey. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you don’t have any equipment the club has extra sticks they will provide. Games are on weekends and played on an astro turf. The best way to join and find out when the next game is through the Facebook page.   

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fieldhockeyinsouthkorea/

11. ITAEWON POOL LEAGUE (Pool)

This is an 8 ball pool league with team games played every Wednesday night at the pubs and bars in the Itaewon area. Players of all levels are welcome to join teams and there our A, B and C divisions. For more information visit the league website.

https://www.itaewonpool.org/

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THE KOREA LISTINGS DIRECTORY


 

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