Hwaebul Cup

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Hwaebul Cup
Organising bodyDPR Korea Football Association
Founded2013; 7 years ago (2013)
RegionNorth Korea
Number of teams12
Current championsRyomyong (2nd title)
Most successful club(s)April 25 (4 titles)
2019 Hwaebul Cup

The Hwaebul Cup (홰불, Torch) is an annual association football competition in men's domestic football in North Korea, organised by the DPR Korea Football Association. The competition is held for Youth Day, 28 August, one of North Korea's major holidays.[1]

Competition format[edit]

Beginning in July or August, the competition proceeds in two stages. The first stage consists of the teams divided into two groups playing in a single round-robin basis,[2] with the winner and second-place team of each group advancing to the knockout stage consisting of two semi-final matches and a final, which is played on 28 August of each year.[1]


All matches are played at one stadium in Pyongyang, which varies year to year. In 2013 the matches were held at the Kim Il-sung Stadium,[3] in 2014 at Yanggakdo Stadium,[4] in 2015 at Rungrado 1st of May Stadium,[5] in 2016 at Sŏsan Stadium,[6] and in 2017 once again at Rungrado Stadium.[7]

List of Champions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hwaeppul tipped to win namesake tournament
  2. ^ First-division Hwaeppul Cup goes on
  3. ^ a b North Korea 2013
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Hwaeppul Cup premier league finals draw to a close
  6. ^ a b Hwaeppul Cup men’s premier soccer tournament ends
  7. ^ a b Sobaeksu lifts Hwaeppul Cup
  8. ^ "Men's Soccer Tournament for Torch Cup". KCNA. 6 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Ryomyong Team Wins Torch Cup". KCNA. 30 August 2019.