Korean FA Cup
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Korean FA Cup

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Korean FA Cup emblem.png
Founded1996; 24 years ago (1996)
RegionSouth Korea
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsSuwon Samsung Bluewings (2019) (5th title)
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2020 Korean FA Cup

The Korean FA Cup is a national football cup knockout competition of South Korea, held annually by the Korea Football Association. Its previous format began in 1921, as the All Joseon Football Tournament (1921-1940) and later became the National Football Championship (1946-2000), but the FA Cup in its present format began in 1996. The winner gains entry to the next season's AFC Champions League group stage.


The All Joseon Football Tournament was founded by the Joseon 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 Joseon Sports Council was disbanded in 1937, due to the Japanese government's oppression, and the Korea Football Association (KFA) succeeded it after 1938, but was cancelled after 1940 for the same reason during World War II.[1][2]

After the liberation of Korea, the KFA founded the National Football Championship and the President's Cup, entered by many amateur clubs from all over South Korea. They opened in spring and late autumn each.

The National Championship declined after the founding of the K League, because professional clubs and famous players didn't take part in it. There were several efforts to make professional clubs join the tournament,[3] and it became so successful that many top-rank clubs joined the championship, renamed "FA Cup", until the 1989 season.[4] However, it soon returned to an amateur tournament in 1990, because of discord between the KFA and professional clubs. The current FA Cup separated from the National Championship in 1996, and two competitions merged again since 2001. The President's Cup was also abolished in 2009.



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.



Suwon Samsung Bluewings are the most successful club in the Korean FA Cup history with five titles. Five clubs, including the Pohang Steelers, Jeonnam Dragons, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Seongnam FC, have won the Korean FA Cup more than twice.


  1. ^ a b c d Held as a two-legged series

Titles by club

K League official policy is that current clubs succeed to predecessor clubs' history & records.

Award winners

MVP Award

Top Scorer Award

Goals from Round of 32 are counted.
If three or more players finished with the same number of goals as the top scorer, the award was not presented.

See also


  1. ^ ? , p.163-166, p.220-226.
  2. ^ "KFA: Archives: History". KFA. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ ? "()" ?FA. Naver.com. Kyunghyang. 15 November 1981. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ FA 15 o42. Naver.com. Kyunghyang. 10 November 1988. Retrieved 2020.

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