K League Challenge

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K League Challenge
K League Challenge.png
Country South Korea
Confederation AFC
Founded 2013
Number of teams 11
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to K League Classic
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Current champions Daejeon Citizen
(2014)
Most championships Sangju Sangmu
Daejeon Citizen (1)
TV partners SPOTV
Website Official Website
2015 K League Challenge

The K League Challenge is a South Korean professional league for association football clubs. Being the second tier of the South Korean football league system, it is currently contested by 10 clubs, and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the K League Classic.

History[edit]

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]

Competition format[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Club Hometown Stadium First Season in
the Second Flight
Current Spell in
the Second Flight
Ansan Police Ansan, Gyeonggi Province Ansan Wa~ Stadium 2013 2013-
FC Anyang Anyang, Gyeonggi Province Anyang Stadium 2013 2013-
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province Bucheon Stadium 2013 2013-
Chungju Hummel Chungju, North Chungcheong Province Chungju Stadium 2013 2013-
Daegu FC Daegu Daegu Stadium 2014 2014-
Gangwon FC Gangwon Province Gangneung Stadium 2014 2014-
Goyang Hi FC Goyang, Gyeonggi Province Goyang Stadium 2013 2013-
Gyeongnam FC South Gyeongsang Province Changwon Football Center 2015 2015-
Sangju Sangmu Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province Sangju Civic Stadium 2013 2015-
Seoul E-Land FC Seoul Seoul Olympic Stadium 2015 2015-
Suwon FC Suwon, Gyeonggi Province Suwon Stadium 2013 2013-

Champions[edit]

Titles By Season[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2013 Sangju Sangmu Police FC
2014 Daejeon Citizen Gwangju FC

* Bold designates the promoted club;
‡ Won the Promotion-Relegation Playoffs;
† Lost the Promotion-Relegation Playoffs;

Titles By Club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Sangju Sangmu
1
0
2013
Daejeon Citizen
1
0
2014
Ansan Police
0
1
2013
Gwangju FC
0
1
2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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" (in Korean). The Daily Sports Seoul. February 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "‘K리그 챌린지’ 프로축구 2부리그 새 이름으로 이번 주말 스타트!" (in Korean). K League Official Website. March 11, 2013. 

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