DPR Korea League

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DPR Korea League
Country North Korea
Confederation AFC
Founded October 1972; 42 years ago (1972-10)
Number of teams 11
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to DPR K-League 2
Domestic cup(s) Republican Championship
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Current champions April 25 Sports Club
Most championships April 25 Sports Club (14)
TV partners Korean Central Television [1]
2013 DPR Korea League

Highest Class Football League (Chosŏn'gŭl: 최상급축구련맹전; Hanja: 最上級蹴球聯盟戰) is the football league-system championship in North Korea.[2] The competition was founded in 2010.

Technical Innovation Contests (Chosŏn'gŭl: 기술혁신경기; Hanja: 技術革新競技) is also the football league-system championship in North Korea.[3] This championship is held in February, May and June.

Each North Korean football clubs are classified as 1st class (1급; 1級), 2nd class (2급; 2級) and 3rd class (3급; 3級).[4]

Because of this and the general unwillingness of the North Korean football system to follow general world player transfer rules due to the political system of the country, the DPR Korea League winners are generally not eligible for any Asian Football Confederation club competition. Were they are eligible they would be ranked for entry into the AFC President's Cup, to which, in 2014, North Korean teams were invited for the first time.

Clubs (2013)[edit]

April 25 Sports Club (Nampho)

Amrokgang Sports Club (Pyongyang)

Hwaebul Sports Club

Kigwancha Sports Club (Sinuiju)

Mangyongbong Sports Club

Ministry of Light Industry Sports Club

Myohyangsan Sports Club

Pyongyang City Sports Club (Pyongyang)

Rimyongsu Sports Club (Sariwon)

Wolmido Sports Club

Source: myfootballfacts.com [5]

The League history[edit]

Technical Innovation Contests[edit]

Highest Class Football League[edit]

Source: myfootballfacts.com [5]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Winning seasons
April 25 Sports Club 14 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013
Kigwancha Sports Club 5 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Pyongyang City Sports Club 5 1991, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
Amrokgang Sports Club 3 2001, 2006, 2008
Chandongja Sports Club 1 1989
Unknown 25 1960-84

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 관심속에 벌어지는 최상급축구련맹전 1차경기. KOREA NEWS SERVICE(KNS). Retrieved on 2010-10-29.
  3. ^ 이용웅교수의 북한문예산책. Nkculture.ac.kr. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  4. ^ 북한의직업. Dprksearch.net. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
  5. ^ a b World Leagues: North Korea Football Stats Myfootballfacts.com .