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FA CUP

  • The FA Cup is the biggest football tournament in Korea with the participation
    of all professional and the amateur clubs affiliated with KFA
  • As the tournament is open to all the clubs around the country, the nationwide
    competition has provided good opportunities for relatively small clubs- amateur
    or semi-pro clubs from lower divisions - to prove themselves.

FA Cup

Over 90 years of history

The FA Cup is a nationwide tournament open to all professional and amateur teams registered to the KFA. The origin of the FA Cup was the All-Joseon Football Championship held at Baejae High School in 1921. The competition was abolished by the Japanese colonial rule in 1940. After that the National Football Championship was launched followed by the national liberation in 1946. After the birth of the Super League in 1983, the National Football Championship became a semi-professional competition – which led to the inaugural edition of the FA Cup held by the KFA in 1996.

In the early years of the competition, the professional and amateur teams with good results in a season could participate in the tournament. In 2001, The entry gate was open to all amateur teams as well as professional teams. In 2003, so called 2nd type club teams such as corporate employee teams and local unprofessional teams were allowed to participate in the tournament after preliminary qualification.

The Champions of the 1996 FA Cup was Pohang, who has now become the favorite to win the FA Cup. The annual tournament has brought some dramatic results during the encounters between the professionals and amateurs teams. While the rock bottom side of the K League, Daejeon Citizen went all the way to win the FA Cup in 2001, a semi-professional club, Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dockyard defeated several professional clubs to reach the final in 2005. Meanwhile, an amateur team, Jaeneung Education, caused a stir by reaching the round of 16 in 2004.

The winners of the FA Cup receives cash prizes, a trophy and medals, as well as its spot secured in a group stage of the AFC Champions League.