K League 2

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K League 2
K League Challenge.png
Founded 2013; 5 years ago (2013)
Country South Korea
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to K League 1
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Current champions Gyeongnam FC
Most championships Sangju Sangmu (2 titles)
TV partners SPOTV
Website Official website
2018 K League 2

The K League 2 (Hangul: K리그2) is a South Korean professional association football league. Being the second tier of the South Korean football league system, it is currently contested by ten clubs, and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the K League 1.


In 2011 the original K League announced a plan to begin a promotion and 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] This name change caused some degree of confusion and controversy,[5] and on 11 March 2013 the official name was changed to K League Challenge.[6]

On 22 January 2018 the official name was changed to K League 2.[7]


Note: Seasons in the second flight are updated as of the end of the 2017 season.

Club Hometown Stadium First season in
the second flight
Current spell in
the second flight
Seasons in
the second flight
Ansan Greeners FC Ansan Ansan Wa~ Stadium 2017 2017– 1
Asan Mugunghwa Asan Yi Sun-sin Stadium 2017 2017– 1
FC Anyang Anyang Anyang Stadium 2013 2013– 5
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon Bucheon Stadium 2013 2013– 5
Busan IPark Busan Busan Gudeok Stadium 2016 2016– 2
Daejeon Citizen Daejeon Daejeon World Cup Stadium 2014 2016– 3
Gwangju FC Gwangju Gwangju World Cup Stadium 2013 2018– 2
Seongnam FC Seongnam Tancheon Stadium 2017 2017– 1
Seoul E-Land Seoul Seoul Olympic Stadium 2015 2015– 3
Suwon FC Suwon Suwon Stadium 2013 2017– 4


Note: Per official K League 2 rules, the runners-up are the teams which won the play-off final.

Titles by season[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2013 Sangju Sangmu Police FC
2014 Daejeon Citizen Gwangju FC
2015 Sangju Sangmu Suwon FC
2016 Ansan Mugunghwa Daegu FC
2017 Gyeongnam FC Busan IPark

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning seasons Runners-up Runners-up seasons
Sangju Sangmu
2013, 2015
Ansan Mugunghwa
Daejeon Citizen
Gyeongnam FC
Gwangju FC
Suwon FC
Daegu FC
Busan IPark

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richards, Dave. "Korea, England: closer football ties". Korea Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "K리그 31~44라운드, 상주 없이 그대로 진행". 
  3. ^ "K League confirm promotion-relegation system". SportsSpying. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "K League News". K-League. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "위원석의 하프타임 'K리그'에 새로운 이름을 붙여주자" (in Korean). The Daily Sports Seoul. 19 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. 
  6. ^ "'K리그 챌린지' 프로축구 2부리그 새 이름으로 이번 주말 스타트!" (in Korean). K League Official Website. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. 
  7. ^ "프로축구연맹, 클래식→K리그1, 챌린지→K리그2 대회명 변경" (in Korean). K League Official Website. 22 January 2018. 

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