K League 1
FIFA Region
AFC
Season
2021
Location
Korea Republic
Abbreviation
KOR1

Summary

The K League 1 (KOR1) is the top level of league-style football competition in South Korea. At the end of the 2021 KOR1 season, the KOR1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2022 AFC Champions League - Group Stage:
    • 1st place 2021 KOR1 team from the Championship group
  • 2022 AFC Champions League - Playoff Round:
    • 2nd and 3rd place 2021 KOR1 teams from the Championship group

The winner of the 2021 Korean FA Cup, typically a KOR1 team, also receives a berth in the Group Stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.

Leagues Pyramid - Korea Republic

Abbrev League # of Teams
KOR1 K League 1 12
KOR2 K League 2 10

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
27 Feb 2021 - 3 Oct 2021
Champ/Releg Rounds
6 Oct 2021 - 10 Dec 2021
 12: KOR1 (10 minimum), KOR2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

In the 2021 KOR1 Regular season, each KOR1 team plays the other 11 KOR1 teams 3 times for a total of 33 league matches. In each 3 match series, one team hosts 2 home matches and the other team hosts 1 home match. After the Regular season, the top 6 teams play each other once in the Championship Group (5 more matches), and the bottom 6 teams play each other once in the Relegation Group (5 more matches). Table ranking ties are broken by (1) goals scored, (2) goal difference, (3) league matches won, then (4) head-to-head points.

Playoffs

Not applicable.

Relegation

At the end of the 2021 Relegation Group play, the 6th place KOR1 Relegation Group team is relegated directly to KOR2. The 5th place KOR1 Relegation Group team will have a Home-Away Promotion/Relegation Playoff with the 2nd place KOR2 team. The winner of this playoff plays in the 2022 KOR1 and the loser plays in the 2022 KOR2.


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1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Jeonbuk Motors 138 -5-029-2591675 -2-0171551063 -3-0121046
2Ulsan Hyundai FC 137 -4-225-189964 -2-0141331073 -2-21156-1
3Jeju United FC 134 -8-120-149563 -3-01285371 -5-18642
4Suwon Bluewings 135 -4-419-1410473 -2-21197262 -2-28532
5Pohang Steelers 135 -4-419-1314-172 -3-2958-363 -1-210862
6Daegu FC 135 -4-419-1517-262 -3-1967-173 -1-310910-1
7Seongnam FC 134 -4-516-1011-173 -1-31066061 -3-2645-1
8FC Seoul 134 -2-714-1517-262 -1-3787172 -1-47710-3
9Incheon United 134 -2-714-1321-873 -2-21176161 -0-53615-9
10Gwangju FC 134 -1-813-1115-462 -0-4646-272 -1-4779-2
11Gangwon FC 133 -4-613-1217-562 -2-2875271 -2-45512-7
12Suwon FC 132 -4-710-1122-1172 -2-38810-260 -2-42312-9
Championship Round
Relegation Round

Fixtures

Sat - 8 May 2021
 Daegu FC   Incheon UnitedDGB Arena (Daegu)
 Jeju United FC   Suwon FCJeju World Cup Stadium
 Pohang Steelers   Gangwon FCPohang Steel Yard
Sun - 9 May 2021
 Jeonbuk Motors   Suwon BluewingsJeonju World Cup Stadium
Tue - 11 May 2021
 Suwon FC   Gwangju FCSuwon Stadium
 Incheon United   Pohang SteelersIncheon Football Stadium
Wed - 12 May 2021
 Suwon Bluewings   Jeju United FCSuwon World Cup Stadium
 Seongnam FC   Jeonbuk MotorsTancheon Sports Complex
 Gangwon FC   Ulsan Hyundai FCChuncheon Songam Stadium
 Daegu FC   FC SeoulDGB Arena (Daegu)
Sat - 15 May 2021
 FC Seoul   Jeonbuk MotorsSangam Stadium
 Pohang Steelers   Seongnam FCPohang Steel Yard
 Gangwon FC   Suwon FCChuncheon Songam Stadium
 Incheon United   Gwangju FCIncheon Football Stadium
Sun - 16 May 2021
 Jeju United FC   Daegu FCJeju World Cup Stadium
 Ulsan Hyundai FC   Suwon BluewingsUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
Tue - 18 May 2021
 FC Seoul   Incheon UnitedSangam Stadium
 Suwon FC   Pohang SteelersSuwon Stadium

Results

Sun - 2 May 2021
 Incheon United 10 Gangwon FCIncheon Football Stadium
 Jeonbuk Motors 11 Jeju United FCJeonju World Cup Stadium
Sat - 1 May 2021
 Ulsan Hyundai FC 20 Gwangju FCUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
 Suwon Bluewings 11 Pohang SteelersSuwon World Cup Stadium
 Suwon FC 24 Daegu FCSuwon Stadium
Fri - 30 Apr 2021
 FC Seoul 22 Seongnam FCSangam Stadium
Sun - 25 Apr 2021
 Seongnam FC 01 Suwon BluewingsTancheon Sports Complex
 Suwon FC 11 FC SeoulSuwon Stadium
 Incheon United 00 Ulsan Hyundai FCIncheon Football Stadium
Sat - 24 Apr 2021
 Gangwon FC 11 Jeonbuk MotorsChuncheon Songam Stadium
 Gwangju FC 01 Daegu FCGwangju Football Stadium
 Pohang Steelers 00 Jeju United FCPohang Steel Yard
Wed - 21 Apr 2021
 Jeju United FC 21 FC SeoulJeju World Cup Stadium
 Daegu FC 10 Suwon BluewingsDGB Arena (Daegu)
 Seongnam FC 13 Incheon UnitedTancheon Sports Complex
 Ulsan Hyundai FC 00 Jeonbuk MotorsUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
Tue - 20 Apr 2021
 Pohang Steelers 10 Suwon FCPohang Steel Yard
 Gangwon FC 01 Gwangju FCChuncheon Songam Stadium
Sun - 18 Apr 2021
 Jeonbuk Motors 10 Seongnam FCJeonju World Cup Stadium
 Suwon Bluewings 30 Ulsan Hyundai FCSuwon World Cup Stadium