Korean FA Cup

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Founded1996; 25 years ago (1996)
RegionSouth Korea
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors (4th title)
Most successful club(s)Suwon Samsung Bluewings (5 titles)
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 (KFA). Before the FA Cup, two predecessors All Joseon Football Tournament (1921–1940) and Korean National Football Championship (1946–2000) existed,[1] but the FA Cup did not succeed their records. 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 Joseon Football Association (Current KFA) succeeded it after 1938, but was cancelled after 1940 for the same reason during World War II.[2][3]

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

The National Football 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,[4] and it became so successful that many top-rank clubs joined the championship, renamed "FA Cup", during 1988 and 1989 season.[5] However, it soon returned to a semi-professional 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 2010.



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.




Year Winners Score Runners-up
1996 Pohang Atoms 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(7–6 p)
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1997 Jeonnam Dragons 1–0 Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
1998 Anyang LG Cheetahs 2–1 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i
1999 Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma 3–0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Dinos
2000 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–0 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2001 Daejeon Citizen 1–0 Pohang Steelers
2002 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Pohang Steelers
2003 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Jeonnam Dragons
2004 Busan I'Cons 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Bucheon SK
2005 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
2006 Jeonnam Dragons 2–0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2007 Jeonnam Dragons 3–2 Pohang Steelers
2008 Pohang Steelers 2–0 Gyeongnam FC
2009 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2010 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Busan IPark
2011 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 1–0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2012 Pohang Steelers 1–0 (a.e.t.) Gyeongnam FC
2013 Pohang Steelers 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2014 Seongnam FC 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
FC Seoul
2015 FC Seoul 3–1 Incheon United
2016 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–1 FC Seoul
1–2 (a.e.t.)
(10–9 p)
2017 Ulsan Hyundai 2–1 Busan IPark
2018 Daegu FC 2–1 Ulsan Hyundai
2019 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–0 Daejeon Korail
2020 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 Ulsan Hyundai

Titles by club[edit]

As of November 2020
Club Champions Runners-up Winning seasons Runners-up seasons
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2002, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2019 1996, 2006, 2011
Pohang Steelers
1996, 2008, 2012, 2013 2001, 2002, 2007
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2000, 2003, 2005, 2020 1999, 2013
Seongnam FC
1999, 2011, 2014 1997, 2000, 2009
Jeonnam Dragons
1997, 2006, 2007 2003
FC Seoul
1998, 2015 2014, 2016
Ulsan Hyundai
2017 1998, 2018, 2020
Busan IPark
2004 2010, 2017
Daejeon Citizen
Daegu FC
Gyeongnam FC
2008, 2012
Jeju United
Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
Incheon United
Daejeon Korail 0 1 2019

Award winners[edit]

MVP Award[edit]

Season Player Club
1996 South Korea Cho Jin-ho Pohang Steelers
1997 South Korea Kim Jung-hyuk Jeonnam Dragons
1998 South Korea Kang Chun-ho Anyang LG Cheetahs
1999 South Korea Park Nam-yeol Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
2000 South Korea Park Sung-bae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2001 South Korea Kim Eun-jung Daejeon Citizen
2002 South Korea Seo Jung-won Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2003 Brazil Edmilson Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2004 South Korea Kim Yong-dae Busan I'Cons
2005 Colombia Milton Rodríguez Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2006 South Korea Kim Hyo-il Jeonnam Dragons
2007 South Korea Kim Chi-woo Jeonnam Dragons
2008 South Korea Choi Hyo-jin Pohang Steelers
2009 South Korea Lee Woon-jae Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2010 South Korea Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2011 South Korea Cho Dong-geon Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2012 South Korea Hwang Ji-soo Pohang Steelers
2013 South Korea Shin Hwa-yong Pohang Steelers
2014 South Korea Park Jun-hyuk Seongnam FC
2015 Japan Yojiro Takahagi FC Seoul
2016 South Korea Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2017 South Korea Kim Yong-dae Ulsan Hyundai
2018 Brazil Cesinha Daegu FC
2019 South Korea Ko Seung-beom Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2020 South Korea Lee Seung-gi Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Top Scorer Award[edit]

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.

Season Player Club Goals
1996 Russia Denis Laktionov Suwon Samsung Bluewings 4
1997 South Korea Roh Sang-rae Jeonnam Dragons 6
1998 South Korea Kim Jong-kun Ulsan Hyundai 5
1999 South Korea Choi Yong-soo Anyang LG Cheetahs 5
2000 Brazil César Jeonnam Dragons 4
2001 South Korea Kim Eun-jung Daejeon Citizen 4
South Korea Choi Sung-kuk Korea University
2002 Did not award
2003 Did not award
2004 South Korea Wang Jung-hyun FC Seoul 5
South Korea Jung Jo-gook FC Seoul
2005 Colombia Milton Rodríguez Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6
2006 South Korea Jang Nam-seok Daegu FC 3
2007 Did not award
2008 South Korea Kim Dong-chan Gyeongnam FC 6
2009 North Macedonia Stevica Ristić Pohang Steelers 5
2010 South Korea Ji Dong-won Jeonnam Dragons 5
Brazil Índio Jeonnam Dragons
2011 South Korea Go Seul-ki Ulsan Hyundai 4
2012 Did not award
2013 Did not award
2014 Brazil Kaio Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4
2015 Did not award
2016 Brazil Adriano FC Seoul 5
2017 Did not award
2018 Brazil Cesinha Daegu FC 5
2019 South Korea Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings 5
2020 Brazil Gustavo Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 하나은행 FA CUP - 자세히보기 (in Korean). KFA. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  2. ^ 大韓蹴球協會 편 『韓國蹴球百年史』라사라, p.163-166, p.220-226.
  3. ^ "KFA: Archives: History". KFA. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ 내년부터 축구의 "王中王(왕중왕)" 「FA컵대회」신설. Naver.com. Kyunghyang. 15 November 1981. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ FA컵축구 15일개막 프로•실업등42팀참가. Naver.com. Kyunghyang. 10 November 1988. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

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