2018 K League 1
The 2018 K League 1 was the 36th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K League and the first season in its current name, the K League 1.
|Dates||2 March 2018 – 2 December 2018|
|Champions||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|AFC Champions League||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Goals scored||620 (2.72 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marcão |
|Biggest home win||Gangwon 7–0 Incheon (R24)|
|Biggest away win||Gyeongnam 0–4 Jeonbuk (R6)|
Seoul 0–4 Jeonbuk (R14)
|Highest scoring||Jeonnam 6–4 Suwon (R24)|
|Longest winning run||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (9 games)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (10 games)|
|Longest winless run||Incheon United (14 games)|
|Longest losing run||Daegu FC (6 games)|
|Highest attendance||30,122 – Seoul vs Suwon (R12)|
|Lowest attendance||290 – Sangju vs Gangwon (R37)|
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were the defending champions.
- 1 Promotion and relegation
- 2 Participating clubs by province
- 3 League table
- 4 Results
- 5 Promotion-relegation playoffs
- 6 Season statistics
- 7 Attendance
- 8 Awards
- 9 References
Promotion and relegationEdit
Teams relegated to the 2018 K League 2
Teams promoted from the 2017 K League 2
Participating clubs by provinceEdit
The following twelve clubs competed in the K League 1 during the 2018 season.
- Primary venues used in the K League 1:
|Daegu FC||Gangwon FC||Gyeongnam FC||Incheon United||Jeju United||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Daegu Stadium||Chuncheon Songam Leports Town||Changwon Football Center||Incheon Football Stadium||Jeju World Cup Stadium||Jeonju World Cup Stadium|
|Capacity: 66,422||Capacity: 20,000||Capacity: 20,245||Capacity: 20,891||Capacity: 35,657||Capacity: 42,477|
|Jeonnam Dragons||Pohang Steelers||Sangju Sangmu||FC Seoul||Suwon Samsung
|Gwangyang Football Stadium||Pohang Steel Yard||Sangju Civic Stadium||Seoul World Cup Stadium||Suwon World Cup Stadium||Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium|
|Capacity: 13,496||Capacity: 17,443||Capacity: 15,042||Capacity: 66,704||Capacity: 43,959||Capacity: 44,102|
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 confederation.
- As of 26 May 2018.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C)||38||26||8||4||75||31||+44||86||Champions League group stage|
|3||Ulsan Hyundai||38||17||12||9||61||46||+15||63||Champions League play-off round|
|6||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||38||13||11||14||53||54||−1||50|
|7||Daegu FC[a]||38||14||8||16||47||56||−9||50||Champions League group stage|
|11||FC Seoul (O)||38||9||13||16||40||48||−8||40||Qualification to relegation play-offs|
|12||Jeonnam Dragons (R)||38||8||8||22||43||69||−26||32||Relegation to 2019 K League 2|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Positions by matchdayEdit
2019 AFC Champions League group stage Leader &
2019 AFC Champions League group stage Qualification to
2019 AFC Champions League qualification play-offs Qualification to
2019 K League 2 Relegation to the
Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38
- The match "Jeju United vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings" of the 25th round on 22 August, 2018 has been called off due to typhoon "Souleek". The new date is 8 September 2018.
Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away.
Teams play every other team once (either at home or away).
After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.
The promotion-relegation playoffs were held between the winners of the 2018 K League 2 Playoff and the 11th-placed club of the 2018 K League 1. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2019 K League 1.
|Busan IPark||1–3||FC Seoul|
|FC Seoul||1–1||Busan IPark|
FC Seoul retained its 2019 K League 1 spot, 4–2 on aggregate.
|1||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||226,224||19,108||5,005||11,907||+1.9%|
|5||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||114,943||13,853||2,940||6,709||−23.6%|
Updated to games played on 7 December 2018
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
† Teams that played previous season in K League Challenge.
Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit
Most Valuable Player of The RoundEdit
Manager of the MonthEdit
|March||Jung Gab-suk||Bucheon FC 1995||K League 2|
|April||Choi Kang-hee||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||K League 1|
|May||Nam Ki-il||Seongnam FC||K League 2|
|July||Kim Jong-boo||Gyeongnam FC||K League 1|
|August||Ko Jong-soo||Daejeon Citizen||K League 2|
|September||Ko Jong-soo||Daejeon Citizen||K League 2|
|October||Jo Sung-hwan||Jeju United||K League 1|
The 2018 K League Awards was held on 3 December 2018.
K League Most Valuable PlayerEdit
K League Young PlayerEdit
K League Top ScorerEdit
K League Top AssistorEdit
K League Best XIEdit
|2018 K League 1 Best XI|
|Goalkeeper||Jo Hyeon-woo||Daegu FC|
|Defender||Hong Chul||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
|Defender||Kim Min-jae||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Defender||Richard Windbichler||Ulsan Hyundai|
|Defender||Lee Yong||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Midfielder||Choi Young-jun||Gyeongnam FC|
|Midfielder||Elías Aguilar||Incheon United|
|Midfielder||Ricardo Lopes||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Forward||Júnior Negrão||Ulsan Hyundai|