K5 League

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K5 League
Organising bodyKorea Football Association
Founded2019; 3 years ago (2019)
CountrySouth Korea
Number of teams67 (in 11 regional leagues)
Level on pyramid5
Relegation toK6 League
Domestic cup(s)Korean FA Cup (since 2020)
2021 K5 League
K5 League
Revised RomanizationK5 Rigeu
McCune–ReischauerK5 Rigŭ

The K5 League is the top amateur football competition in South Korea, above the K6 and K7 leagues. Created in 2019 after a reorganization of the South Korean football league system, it is considered the fifth tier football league in the system. In the 2019 season, 67 squads divided into 11 regions, participated. The lowest-ranked team from each regional league will be relegated, while the highest-ranked team from each region will advance to the K5 League Championship.[1]


The K5 League is an amateur football league under the KFA, which has been in operation since the 2019 season. The idea of creating a leagure for amateur level football was first conceived in December 2015.[2] Originally, it was called the Division 5 League, but it was changed to the current name by rebranding the amateur-level Division Leagues to the K5, K6, and K7 leagues, respectively. The K5 League is the top league in amateur competition, which is organized into eleven regional leagues, each of which consists of six clubs, except for the Gwangju/Jeollanam-do region which has seven.[3]

Since 2020, the K5 League has been granted Korean FA Cup participation rights to the winner of each of the regional leagues of the previous season.[4][5]

Division Leagues[edit]

  • K5 Seoul Division League
  • K5 Incheon Division League
  • K5 Gyeonggi Division League
  • K5 Gangwon Division League
  • K5 North Chungcheong Division League
  • K5 Daejon/South Chungcheong/Sejong Division League
  • K5 North Jeolla Division League
  • K5 Gwangju/South Jeolla Division League
  • K5 Busan/South Gyeongsang Division League
  • K5 North Gyeongsang Division League
  • K5 Ulsan Division League


The 11 top teams from the K5 league's 11 regional leagues will compete to become the final K5 league winners through the K5 League Championship.

Season Champions Score Runners-up Ref
2019 SMC Engineering FC (Cheongju) 2–1 Jaemics FC (Gimhae) [6]
2020 SMC Engineering FC (Cheongju) 1–0 Jaemics FC (Gimhae) [7]

See also[edit]

  • K League 1
  • K League 2
  • K3 League
  • K4 League
  • Korean FA Cup
  • Korean football league system


  1. 2019 K5 League RuleScript error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  2. "아마추어리그, 디비전 시스템 추진...2020년까지 4부 리그 확대". 인터풋볼. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  3. Korean football leagues go through massive changes in the 2020 season
  4. K5 League participation, changing FA CUP entry team and competition methodScript error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  5. Nat'l football tournament opens doors to more semi-pro, amateur clubs
  6. 2019 K5 League Championship H/L
  7. 2020 K5 League Championship H/L

External Link[edit]

Category:2019 establishments in South Korea 5 Category:Sports leagues established in 2019 Category:Fifth level football leagues in Asia

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