K League Challenge

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K League Challenge
K League Challenge.png
Country South Korea
Confederation AFC
Founded 2013
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to K League Classic
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Current champions Sangju Sangmu
TV partners SPOTV
Website Official Website
2014 K League Challenge

The K League Challenge is a South Korean professional league for association football clubs. At the second tier of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's second top most football competition. Currently contested by 10 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the K League Classic.



In 2011 the original K League announced a plan to begin a promotion/relegation system between the K League and a proposed second division.[1] The K League then took steps to create the new second division, mainly with the addition of a split-system during the 2012 K-League season in which the bottom clubs are placed in a competition for safety with the last placed club being relegated to the new second division (originally it was going to be two clubs relegated but the withdrawal of Sangju Sangmu FC meant only one would be relegated.[2][3]

On 3 January 2013 the official name of the Second Division was announced as the K League while the original K League was changed to K League Classic along with the new logo.[4] The fact that name has caused some degree of confusion and controversy.[5] Finally, on 11 March 2013 the official name was renamed as the K League Challenge.[6]

Clubs, stadiums and locations[edit]

The following 10 clubs are competing in the K League Challenge during the 2014 season.

Location of teams in 2014 K League Challenge
Team City State Home venue Capacity
Ansan Police Ansan Gyeonggi Ansan Wa~ Stadium 41,311
FC Anyang Anyang Gyeonggi Anyang Stadium 17,143
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon Gyeonggi Bucheon Stadium 34,545
Chungju Hummel Chungju Chungbuk Chungju Stadium 15,000
Daegu FC Daegu Daegu Stadium 68,014
Daejeon Citizen Daejeon Daejeon World Cup Stadium 42,176
Gangwon FC Gangwon Gangneung Stadium 22,333
Goyang Hi FC Goyang Gyeonggi Goyang Stadium 41,311
Gwangju FC Gwangju Gwangju World Cup Stadium 44,118
Suwon FC Suwon Gyeonggi Suwon Stadium 24,670

Stadiums (2014)[edit]

Primary venues used in the K League Challenge:

Ansan Police FC Anyang Bucheon FC 1995 Chungju Hummel Daegu FC
Ansan Wa~ Stadium Anyang Stadium Bucheon Stadium Chungju Stadium Daegu Stadium
Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 17,143 Capacity: 34,545 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 68,014
Ansan Wa stadium3.JPG Anyang Sports Complex.jpg Bucheonstadium3.JPG Chungju Sports Complex.jpg
Daejeon Citizen Gangwon FC Goyang Hi FC Gwangju FC Suwon FC
Daejeon World Cup Stadium Gangneung Stadium Goyang Stadium Gwangju World Cup Stadium Suwon Stadium
Capacity: 42,176 Capacity: 22,333 Capacity: 41,311 Capacity: 44,118 Capacity: 24,670
Gangneung Stadium2.jpg Goyang sta 1.JPG Suwon Sports Complex.JPG


Titles By Season[edit]


Year Winners Runners-up Play-off winner
2013 Sangju Sangmu Police N/A

* Bold designates the promoted club;
† Lost the Promotion/Relegation playoff;
‡ Won the Promotion/Relegation playoff and got promoted;

Titles By Club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-Up Winning Seasons Runners-Up Seasons
Sangju Sangmu


  1. ^ Richards, Dave. "Korea, England: closer football ties". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "K-리그 31~44라운드, 상주 없이 그대로 진행". 
  3. ^ "K League confirm promotion-relegation system". SportsSpying. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "K League News". K-League. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "위원석의 하프타임 'K리그'에 새로운 이름을 붙여주자". The Daily Sports Seoul. February 19, 2013. (Korean)
  6. ^ "‘K리그 챌린지’ 프로축구 2부리그 새 이름으로 이번 주말 스타트!". K League Official Website. March 11, 2013.  (Korean)

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