Korean FA Cup
(1921 as All Korea Football Tournament)
|Number of teams||64 (2013)|
|Current champions||Pohang Steelers (2012)|
|Most successful club(s)||Pohang Steelers
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Suwon Bluewings (all 3 times)
|2013 Korean FA Cup|
The Korean FA Cup is a national cup knockout competition involving K League Classic, K League Challenge, National League, and various amateur and university-level clubs, which is held annually by the Korea Football Association (KFA). Its previous format began in 1921, as the All Korea Football Tournament(1921–1940) and became the National Football Championship(1946–2000), but the FA Cup in it present format began in 1996. The KFA merged its cup competition with the FA Cup in 2000. The winner gains entry to the Asian Champions League.
The All Korea Football Tournament was founded by the Korea Sports Council in 1921, during Japanese rule in Korea. Youth, student and adult football clubs from various provinces participated. After 1934, it became a part of the Korean National Sports Festival, which was the championship for various sports games and matched Koreans against other sports championships operated by Japanese who lived in Korea. The Korea Sports Council was disbanded in 1937, due to the Japanese government's oppression. The KFA succeeded it after 1938, but was cancelled after 1940 for the same reason during World War II.
After the liberation of Korea, the KFA founded the National Football Championship in 1946. Many clubs from all over Korea participated. It opened in late autumn, like its predecessor, the All Korea Football Tournament.
It declined after the founding of the The Korean Professional Football League (K-League) in 1983, because professional clubs and famous players didn’t take part in it. There were several efforts to make professional clubs join the tournament, and it became so successful that many top-rank clubs joined in and the KFA renamed it FA Cup for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. However, it soon returned to an amateur tournament, because of discord between the KFA and professional football clubs. KFA's FA Cup separated from the National Football Championship in 1996. The two competitions merged again in 2000.
The Korean FA Cup took place after the end of the regular K-League season, and was usually completed over a short period. Games were played in a single-elimination format, with extra time and penalties if required. K-League sides were seeded in the 1st round of the tournament proper, but all matches were played at neutral venues, such as Gimcheon and Namhae.
To elevate the status of the tournament, matches were spread throughout the year. The 2006 edition, for example, started in early March, with rounds also held in April, July, August and November. The final was played in December.
As in previous years, the competition was contested in a straight knockout format.
Title sponsors 
- 1996-1997: None
- 1998 : Sambo Change-up FA Cup
- 1999 : Sambo Computer FA Cup
- 2000-2002: Seoul Bank FA Cup
- 2003- : Hana Bank FA Cup
Winners (only FA Cup after 1996) 
Titles By Season 
|1996||Pohang Atoms||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||0-0 (7-6 PSO)|
|1997||Chunnam Dragons||Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma||1-0|
|1998||Anyang LG Cheetahs||Ulsan Hyundai Horangi||2-1|
|1999||Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma||Chonbuk Hyundai Dinos||3-0|
|2000||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||2-0|
|2001||Daejeon Citizen||Pohang Steelers||1-0|
|2002||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||Pohang Steelers||1-0|
|2003||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Chunnam Dragons||2-2 (4-2 PSO)|
|2004||Busan I'Cons||Bucheon SK||1-1 (4-3 PSO)|
|2005||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dolphin||1-0|
|2006||Chunnam Dragons||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2-0|
|2007||Chunnam Dragons||Pohang Steelers||3-2(1st leg), 1-3(2nd leg)
|2008||Pohang Steelers||Gyeongnam FC||2-0|
|2009||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||1-1 (4-2 PSO)|
|2010||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||Busan I'Park||1-0|
|2011||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||1-0|
|2012||Pohang Steelers||Gyeongnam FC||1-0|
Titles By Club 
- K-League official policy is that current clubs succeed to predecessor clubs' history & records.
|Pohang Steelers||3 (1996, 2008, 2012)||3 (2001, 2002, 2007)|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||3 (2002, 2009, 2010)||3 (1996, 2006, 2011)|
|Chunnam Dragons||3 (1997, 2006, 2007)||1 (2003)|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||3 (2000, 2003, 2005)||1 (1999)|
|Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||2 (1999, 2011)||3 (1997, 2000, 2009)|
|Busan IPark||1 (2004)||1 (2010)|
|FC Seoul||1 (1998)||0|
|Daejeon Citizen||1 (2001)||0|
|Gyeongnam FC||0||2 (2008, 2012)|
|Ulsan Hyundai||0||1 (1998)|
|Jeju United||0||1 (2004)|
|Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dolphin||0||1 (2005)|
Titles By City / Area 
|City / Area||Titles||Clubs|
||Pohang Atoms (1996), Pohang Steelers (2008, 2012)|
||Chunnam Dragons (1997, 2006, 2007)|
||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2000, 2003, 2005)|
||Suwon Samsung Bluewings (2002, 2009, 2010)|
||Anyang LG Cheetahs (1998)|
||Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma (1999)|
||Daejeon Citizen (2001)|
||Busan I'Cons (2004)|
||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2011)|
Titles By Province 
|Province||Titles||City / Area||Clubs|
||Chunnam Dragons (1997, 2006, 2007)|
|(3) Jeonbuk||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2000, 2003, 2005)|
||(3) Suwon||Suwon Samsung Bluewings (2002, 2009, 2010)|
|(1) Anyang||Anyang LG Cheetahs (1998)|
|(1) Seongnam||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2011)|
||(3) Pohang||Pohang Atoms (1996), Pohang Steelers (2008, 2012)|
|(1) Busan||Busan I'Cons (2004)|
||(1) Cheonan||Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma (1999)|
|(1) Daejeon||Daejeon Citizen (2001)|
- *Chunma means pegasus
Award winners 
MVP Award 
Top Scorer Award 
|1996||Denis Laktionov||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||
|1997||Roh Sang-Rae||Chunnam Dragons||
|1998||Kim Jong-Kun||Ulsan Hyundai||
|1999||Choi Yong-Soo||Anyang LG Cheetahs||
|2001||Kim Eun-Jung||Daejeon Citizen||
|Choi Sung-Kuk||Korea University|
|2004||Wang Jung-Hyun||FC Seoul||
|Jung Jo-Gook||FC Seoul|
|2005||Milton Rodríguez||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||
|2006||Jang Nam-Seok||Daegu FC||
|2008||Kim Dong-Chan||Gyeongnam FC||
|2009||Stevica Ristić||Pohang Steelers||
|2010||Ji Dong-Won||Chunnam Dragons||
|2011||Go Seul-Ki||Ulsan Hyundai||
In 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2012 award was cancelled, because top scorer was of 3 or more people.
All-time winners (including former Cups) 
See also 
- List of Korean FA Cup winners
- Korean FA Cup Most Valuable Player Award
- Korean FA Cup Top Scorer Award
- Korean National Football Championship
- Korean President's Cup National Football Tournament
- K-League Cup
- Korean Super Cup
- Korean football league system
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- 대한축구협회>한국축구사>국내주요대회소개 (Korean)(English)(Japanese)
- The winner and the runners-up of All Korea Football Tournament are those of adult football division.
- Official FA Cup website (Korean)
- FA Cup fixtures and results (Korean)
- FA Cup all-time winners (Korean)
- Official K-League website (Korean)
- Taeguk-Soccer Korean soccer forum (English)
- ROKfootball.com website (English)
- Footcoreen.com website (French)
- Regular K-League news and player profiles (English)