K League 1

CountrySouth-KoreaSouth-Korea
Season2024

K League 1, officially known as the Hana 1Q K League 1 due to sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier professional football league in South Korea. Established in 1983, it is one of the oldest professional football leagues in Asia. The league is operated by the K League Federation, under the supervision of the Korean Football Association (KFA).

The league was initially launched with five teams, but it has since grown to include 12 clubs from across the country. The teams compete in a double round-robin format, with each team playing the others twice, once at home and once away. The season typically runs from March to October, with each team playing a total of 38 matches.

K League 1 has been the launching pad for many internationally renowned South Korean footballers, including Park Ji-sung, who went on to play for Manchester United, and Son Heung-min, currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. The league has also attracted foreign players and coaches, contributing to its international recognition.

The league's competitiveness is reflected in its ranking among Asian leagues. As of 2021, K League 1 is ranked third in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Club Competitions Ranking, which is based on the performances of clubs in the AFC Champions League.

The K League 1 champion not only earns national glory but also secures a spot in the AFC Champions League, Asia's premier club football competition. Additionally, the bottom two teams at the end of the season are relegated to K League 2, the second-tier league, adding a thrilling element of survival to the competition.

Over the years, the K League 1 has been sponsored by various corporations, with the naming rights often going to the highest bidder. The current title sponsor, Hana Financial Group, has held the naming rights since 2020.

The K League 1 has made significant strides in promoting and developing football in South Korea. It has not only helped raise the standard of domestic football but has also contributed to the national team's success on the international stage, including their historic run to the semi-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the K League 1 has shown resilience and adaptability, becoming one of the first leagues in the world to resume play in 2020 with safety protocols in place. The league's handling of the situation earned it global recognition and even saw an increase in its international fanbase.

In conclusion, the K League 1 is more than just a football league; it is a symbol of South Korea's passion for football, a platform for nurturing local talent, and a testament to the country's sporting prowess. Its continued growth and success are a testament to the quality and potential of Asian football.

K League 1 Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for K League 1 in 2024

Player Team Goals
ulsan-hyundai-fc 4
gimcheon-sangmu-fc 4
gangwon-fc 3
gwangju-fc 3
suwon-city-fc 2
jeju-united-fc 2
gimcheon-sangmu-fc 2
incheon-united 2
ulsan-hyundai-fc 2
pohang-steelers 2

K League 1 standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Gimcheon Sangmu FC players, news and schedule Gimcheon Sangmu FC 6 4 0 2 11 10 1 12
2 Ulsan Hyundai FC players, news and schedule Ulsan Hyundai FC 6 3 2 1 12 9 3 11
3 Pohang Steelers players, news and schedule Pohang Steelers 5 3 1 1 7 3 4 10
4 Jeju United FC players, news and schedule Jeju United FC 6 3 1 2 7 6 1 10
5 FC Seoul players, news and schedule FC Seoul 5 2 2 1 8 4 4 8
6 Incheon United players, news and schedule Incheon United 6 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
7 Gwangju FC players, news and schedule Gwangju FC 6 2 0 4 10 10 0 6
8 Gangwon FC players, news and schedule Gangwon FC 5 1 3 1 8 7 1 6
9 Suwon City FC players, news and schedule Suwon City FC 6 1 3 2 5 10 -5 6
10 Daejeon Citizen players, news and schedule Daejeon Citizen 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5
11 Daegu FC players, news and schedule Daegu FC 5 1 1 3 4 9 -5 4
12 Jeonbuk Motors players, news and schedule Jeonbuk Motors 5 0 3 2 4 7 -3 3

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 111/153 73%
Over/Under 18/27 67%
League Correct %
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 28/34 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 50/62 81%
World Cup - Qualification Asia logo World Cup - Qualification Asia 28/35 80%
First League logo First League 118/150 79%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 65/83 78%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 113/144 78%
Primera División Femenina logo Primera División Femenina 103/136 76%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 130/170 76%