Korean FA Cup
|International cup(s)||AFC Champions League|
|Current champions||Jeonbuk 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, 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.
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, and it became so successful that many top-rank clubs joined the championship, renamed "FA Cup", during 1988 and 1989 season. 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.
- 1996–1997: None
- 1998: Sambo Change-up FA Cup
- 1999: Sambo Computer FA Cup
- 2000–2002: Seoul Bank FA Cup
- 2003–2015: Hana Bank FA Cup
- 2015–2019: KEB Hana Bank FA Cup
- 2020–present: Hana Bank FA Cup
Titles by club
- 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|
|Gyeongnam FC||—||2008, 2012|
|Hyundai Mipo Dockyard||—||2005|
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.
|1996||Denis Laktionov||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||4|
|1997||Roh Sang-rae||Jeonnam Dragons||6|
|1998||Kim Jong-kun||Ulsan Hyundai||5|
|1999||Choi Yong-soo||Anyang LG Cheetahs||5|
|2001||Kim Eun-jung||Daejeon Citizen||4|
|Choi Sung-kuk||Korea University|
|2002||Did not award|
|2003||Did not award|
|2004||Wang Jung-hyun||FC Seoul||5|
|Jung Jo-gook||FC Seoul|
|2005||Milton Rodríguez||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||6|
|2006||Jang Nam-seok||Daegu FC||3|
|2007||Did not award|
|2008||Kim Dong-chan||Gyeongnam FC||6|
|2009||Stevica Ristić||Pohang Steelers||5|
|2010||Ji Dong-won||Jeonnam Dragons||5|
|2011||Go Seul-ki||Ulsan Hyundai||4|
|2012||Did not award|
|2013||Did not award|
|2014||Kaio||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||4|
|2015||Did not award|
|2017||Did not award|
|2019||Yeom Ki-hun||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||5|
|2020||Gustavo||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||4|
- List of Korean FA Cup winners
- Korean National Football Championship
- Korean President's Cup
- K League
- Korean League Cup
- Korean Super Cup
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