From March 30 to April 1, the 42nd Baekhogi — a famous annual Jeju junior soccer tournament on the island — was held at the Jeju Sports Complex in Jeju City.
Known as the “mini World Cup” of Jeju, it garnered a lot of attention from schools, soccer fans, and the press, including KCTV, Jeju KBS, Jeju MBC, and JIBS, among others. Celebrities and dignitaries, including Jeju Governor Woo Keun Min, attended the final high school match on April 1. Even the Navy’s musical band came and performed.
What drew the attraction was not only the soccer, but also the cheering competition of the school students, which became rather popular after a video spread on YouTube last year.
Students from the high schools of Daegi, Seogwipo, Ohyun, Jeju Jeil, and Jeju Jungang cheered on their teams, which included choreographed card sections and playing their team cheers on musical instruments.
In their respective divisions, Jeju Jungang Middle School, Jeju Seo Elementary School, and Donam (Girls’) Elementary School were tournament winners. At the final high school match, Seogwipo High School beat Jeju Jungang High School in overtime. Students marched in the streets of Seogwipo City to celebrate the victory.
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