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K-League Classic Championship and Relegation Round Schedule



After 33 Match Days, the K-League has officially split into Championship and Relegation Rounds where two six-team brackets will determine who's going down, who has to face a single match playoff to stay up, and who's the champion of 2015.

If you're new to K-League this may all seem a bit strange. Unlike the world famous EPL, the K-League doesn't have a single table format from start to finish, but splits in two after 33 rounds and has its own version of a playoff. Teams that finish the first 33 rounds 1st-6th place enter the Championship Round. Each team plays the others once for a total of 5 games each over 5 game weeks. Teams keep their entire Regular Season record going into the Championship Round and the winner of this bracket is the 2015 K League Classic champion. Additionally 1st-3rd place automatically qualify for the 2016 AFC Champions League.

On the other end of the spectrum, teams that finish the 33rd round 7th-12th place enter the Relegation Round. Teams here also play the others once and keep their entire Regular Season record. The big difference comes at the bottom of this table since the winner receives nothing more than 7th place in the final standings. 12th place will automatically be relegated to 2016 K League Challenge, and the 11th place team enters a single match playoff with one K League Challenge team for the last remaining place in 2016 K League Classic.

With the 88th minute heroics of Ricardo Lopes, Jeju United stunned league leaders Jeonbuk and leapfrogged Incheon United to take the 6th and final spot in Championship Round. Here's how the rest of the teams shook out and their Post-Split previews by our staff:

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
#TeamMPWDLFADPPost-Split Preview
1Jeonbuk Motors33215754351968
2Suwon Bluewings33179753361760By Steve Price
3Pohang Steelers331511743281556
4Seongnam FC33141273729854
5FC Seoul3315994437754By John Emanuelson
6Jeju United33137135150146
RELEGATION ROUND
#TeamMPWDLFADPPost-Split Preview
1Incheon United33129123129245
2Jeonnam Dragons331012114043-342By Ryan Walters
3Ulsan Hyundai33913114239340
4Gwangju FC33811143140-935
5Busan IPark3359192749-2224By Jae-Hyeok Lee
6Daejeon Citizen3327242765-3813By Paul Neat

Although the top of the Championship Round and the bottom of the Relegation Round are near certainties at this point, there's a lot left for teams to fight for. In Relegation Round, Busan needs to win double their season win total to ensure safety or will face the single match playoff against a Challenge team. Gwangju will also be looking to keep to their winning ways and avoid going down again. In Championship Round, Suwon is 8 points behind Jeonbuk and are well setup to fight for the title with the last match of the season at home against Jeonbuk. Meanwhile, Pohang, Seongnam, and FC Seoul will battle for 3rd place and the final AFC Champions League place for next season. While Jeju's likely just happy to be in the top half, they can continue to play spoiler to the bigger clubs lofty goals for the remainder of the season. Here's a look at the final five rounds in the 2015 K-League Classic season:


DateKickoffDivisionHome TeamAway Team
10/17/201515:00ChampionshipJeonbuk Hyundai MotorsVSPohang Steelers
10/17/201514:00RelegationBusan IParkVSGwangju FC
10/17/201516:00RelegationIncheon UnitedVSUlsan Hyundai FC
10/18/201514:00ChampionshipSuwon Samsung BluewingsVSJeju United
10/18/201516:00ChampionshipSeongnam FCVSFC Seoul
10/18/201514:00RelegationDaejeon CitizenVSJeonnam Dragons
10/24/201514:00ChampionshipPohang SteelersVSJeju United
10/24/201516:00ChampionshipSeongnam FCVSSuwon Samsung Bluewings
10/24/201514:00RelegationDaejeon CitizenVSBusan IPark
10/25/201516:00ChampionshipFC SeoulVSJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
10/25/201514:00RelegationJeonnam DragonsVSUlsan Hyundai FC
10/25/201516:00RelegationGwangju FCVSIncheon United
11/7/201515:00ChampionshipFC SeoulVSSuwon Samsung Bluewings
11/7/201514:00RelegationJeonnam DragonsVSGwangju FC
11/7/201516:00RelegationUlsan Hyundai FCVSDaejeon Citizen
11/8/201514:00ChampionshipJeju UnitedVSJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
11/8/201516:00ChampionshipPohang SteelersVSSeongnam FC
11/8/201514:00RelegationIncheon UnitedVSBusan IPark
11/21/201515:00ChampionshipJeonbuk Hyundai MotorsVSSeongnam FC
11/21/201516:00ChampionshipJeju UnitedVSFC Seoul
11/21/201514:00RelegationDaejeon CitizenVSIncheon United
11/22/201514:00ChampionshipSuwon Samsung BluewingsVSPohang Steelers
11/22/201514:00RelegationGwangju FCVSUlsan Hyundai FC
11/22/201516:00RelegationBusan IParkVSJeonnam Dragons
11/28/201514:00RelegationGwangju FCVSDaejeon Citizen
11/28/201514:00RelegationIncheon UnitedVSJeonnam Dragons
11/28/201514:00RelegationUlsan Hyundai FCVSBusan IPark
11/29/201514:00ChampionshipSuwon Samsung BluewingsVSJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
11/29/201514:00ChampionshipPohang SteelersVSFC Seoul
11/29/201514:00ChampionshipSeongnam FCVSJeju United


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