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From the introduction of modern soccer to the time of Japanese colonial rule, Korean soccer spread in society due to social evolutionism, which was linked to nationalism. The conditions under Japanese colonial rule brought an inevitable connection between Korean soccer and nationalism, and the equation that Joseon soccer during Japanese colonial rule was equal to nationalism was established. The soccer stadiums of the time were not mere sports fields, but rather where nationalistic fervour was heightened through sports games and where people revealed resentment about colonial rule and cemented their will for national salvation. Social evolutionist perceptions were linked with nationalist ideology to propagate the recovery of national rights during the period that the country suffered under the colonial rule. Soccer therefore became a means to inspire national spirit and further strengthen the will of independence with the aim of confronting Japanese political imperialism. This ideological basis was nationalism.