Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun has been named a co-president of the Korea Pro-Footballer’s Association (KPFA) according to reports by FIFPro.
The 30-year-old South Korean international is the second-highest appearance holder for her country with 125 appearances while she is their all-time record goalscorer with 61 goals.
It has been announced that Ji will run the KPFA alongside veteran men’s national team player Lee Keun-Ho. Ji’s arrival into her role will promote gender equality in South Korean football and it is hoped that the nation can drive on as one to develop both male and female players in the coming years.
Ji is not only a legend in her homeland. The midfielder is also an icon in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with Chelsea. The South Korean became the first non-British player to make 100 appearances in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League when she was fielded by Chelsea in their 3-2 win over West Ham United at Kingsmeadow in December.
After being appointed co-president of the KPFA, Ji said “The KPFA, as a member of FIFPRO, underlines that players should not be distinguished by gender.
“I hope to establish a platform where we can think of ways to develop Korean football and protect player rights for both men and women.”
Ji’s appointment comes following FIFPro’s recent announcement of their progressive vision for a more diverse and inclusive game.