Hyundai Oilbank
K League Challenge
Season2013
ChampionsSangju Sangmu
(1st title)
PromotedSangju Sangmu
Matches played140
Goals scored404 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerLee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu) (15 goals)
Average attendance1,685
2014

The 2013 K League Challenge was the first season of the K League Challenge, the second top South Korean professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2013. The 2013 fixtures were announced on 30 January 2013.[1] The season began on 16 March.

Promotion and relegation

Teams relegated from 2012 K-League

Teams

A total of eight teams contested the league, including two sides from the 2012 K-League and six promoted from the Korea National League, Challengers League and R-League.

Stadiums and Locations

Location of teams in 2013 K League Challenge
Team City State Home venue Capacity
FC Anyang Anyang Gyeonggi Anyang Stadium 18,216
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon Gyeonggi Bucheon Stadium 34,545
Chungju Hummel FC Chungju Chungbuk Chungju Stadium 15,000
Goyang Hi FC Goyang Gyeonggi Goyang Stadium 41,311
Gwangju FC Gwangju Gwangju World Cup Stadium 44,118
Police FC1
Sangju Sangmu Sangju Gyeongbuk Sangju Civic Stadium 15,042
Suwon FC Suwon Gyeonggi Suwon Stadium 24,670

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager1 Kit Manufacturer1 Main sponsor1
FC Anyang South Korea Lee Woo-hyung Jako KB Kookmin Bank
Bucheon FC 1995 South Korea Gwak Kyung-keun Ninety Plus Bucheon City
Chungju Hummel FC South Korea Kim Jong-pil Hummel Chungju
Goyang Hi FC South Korea Lee Young-moo New Balance
Gwangju FC South Korea Nam Ki-il (caretaker) Joma Kwangju Bank
Police FC South Korea Cho Dong-hyun Adidas Korean Police
Sangju Sangmu South Korea Park Hang-seo Jako Sangju
Suwon FC South Korea Cho Duck-je Astore Suwon

Foreign players

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field each game including a least one player from the AFC country.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
FC Anyang
Bucheon FC 1995
Chungju Hummel FC Brazil Miguel Brazil Tutinha
Goyang Hi FC Brazil Alex Brazil Almir
Gwangju FC Brazil Luizinho Brazil Lúcio
Suwon FC Montenegro Bogdan Milić Australia Aleksandar Jovanović

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sangju Sangmu (C, P) 35 23 8 4 65 30 +35 77 Qualification for promotion playoffs
2 Police FC 35 20 4 11 60 47 +13 64 Ineligible for promotion
3 Gwangju FC 35 16 5 14 55 54 +1 53
4 Suwon FC 35 13 8 14 53 51 +2 47
5 FC Anyang 35 12 9 14 50 51 −1 45
6 Goyang Hi FC 35 10 11 14 43 50 −7 41
7 Bucheon FC 1995 35 8 9 18 45 61 −16 33
8 Chungju Hummel 35 7 8 20 33 59 −26 29 Ineligible for promotion
Updated to match(es) played on 30 Nov 2013. Source: K League Challenge
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
The winner of the 2013 Korean FA Cup, will qualify for the 2014 AFC Champions League.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

Promotion-Relegation Playoffs

1st Leg

Sangju Sangmu4 – 1Gangwon FC
Lee Sang-Hyup Goal 29'89'
Lee Seung-Hyun Goal 71'
Lee Sang-ho Goal 77'
Choi Seung-In Goal 90+2'

2nd Leg

Gangwon FC1 – 0Sangju Sangmu
Choi Seung-In Goal 71'

Sangju Sangmu secure promotion to the 2014 K League Classic season, 4–2 on aggregate.

Season statistics

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Sangju Sangmu 50,759 9,708 483 2,538 −10.0%
2 Gwangju FC 46,813 18,560 358 2,341 −18.6%
3 FC Anyang 38,115 6,423 519 1,815 0.0%
4 Bucheon FC 1995 34,307 3,254 642 1,715 0.0%
5 Chungju Hummel 33,250 8,106 323 1,663 0.0%
6 Suwon FC 17,834 1,957 505 939 0.0%
7 Goyang Hi FC 14,768 2,098 284 738 0.0%
League total 235,846 18,560 284 1,685 0.0%

Updated to games played on 30 November 2013
Source: K League
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Team played previous season in 2012 K League.
Police FC withdraw the right to play at home ground. Police FC play all matches as away matches

Awards

The 2013 K League Awards was held on 3 December 2013.

K League Challenge Most Valuable Player

K League Challenge of the Year

K League Challenge Top Scorer

K League Challenge Top Assistor

K League Challenge Best XI

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper South Korea Kim Ho-Jun Sangju Sangmu
Defender South Korea Choi Chul-Soon Sangju Sangmu
Defender South Korea Kim Hyung-Il Sangju Sangmu
Defender South Korea Lee Jae-Seong Sangju Sangmu
Defender South Korea Oh Beom-Seok Korean Police
Midfielder South Korea Yeom Ki-Hun Korean Police
Midfielder South Korea Lee Ho Sangju Sangmu
Midfielder South Korea Choi Jin-soo FC Anyang
Midfielder South Korea Kim Young-Hoo Korean Police
Forward South Korea Lee Keun-Ho Sangju Sangmu
Forward Brazil Alex Goyang Hi

References

  1. ^ "2013 K리그 클래식 경기 일정 확정" (in Korean). Korea Professional Football League. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ "K League Challenge fixture" (PDF).[permanent dead link]