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A Guide: Where to watch 2022 K League Final Round

It is very much the business end of the season in K League and absolutely everything that's left to be decided will be crammed into the month of October. That, of course, includes the remaining five rounds of the 2022 Hana 1Q K League 1 campaign which means that, in Final A, the title will be decided in just a matter of weeks, the AFC Champions League spots too, and in Final B automatic relegation to K League 2 will be determined, as too which teams finish in the promotion-relegation playoff places.

What is Final Round?

What used to be referred to as "the split" with the "Championship Round" and "Relegation Round" is now called Final Round with the top half of the table being Final A and the bottom Final B. Teams will play five more matches but only against the sides in their respective mini-leagues. 

This system has been in place since 2012 when relegation to the second tier was first introduced. Before that, the top six in a 15 or 16-team league would compete in the Championship Playoffs.

Which games have been picked for overseas broadcasting?

 Final Round begins on October 1st and we have a round-by-round guide:

Round 34

Sat. 1st October

16:30, Incheon United vs Ulsan Hyundai - (Commentary: Paul Neat & Matthew Binns)
19:00, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs Pohang Steelers - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Sun. 2nd October

14:00, Jeju United vs Gangwon FC - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Round 35

Sat. 8th October

16:30, Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeonbuk Hyundai - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Sun. 9th October

14:00, Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs FC Seoul - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Round 36

Tue. 11th October

19:30, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs Gangwon FC- (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Wed. 12th October

19:30, Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Daegu FC - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Round 37

Sun. 16th October

14:00, Gangwon FC vs Ulsan Hyundai - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)
16:30, Jeju United vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - (Commentary: Paul Neat & Matthew Binns)

Round 38

Sat. 22nd October

15:00, Suwon FC vs FC Seoul - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)

Sun. 23rd October

15:00, Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeju United - (Commentary: Alex Jensen)


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Where can I watch?

K League has numerous overseas broadcasting partners for matches to be aired on television.

OneFootball: Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, England, Singapore, all countries with K League broadcasting rights

TVB: Hong Kong

TV Start: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Sportdigital: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Astro Sports: Malaysia, Brunei

VieON: Vietnam

MNC: Indonesia


Tap Sports/SkyCable: Philippines

Digital platforms: Dugout, OneFootball, 433

Alternatively, TV.KLeague.com has all the matches LIVE, for FREE and in HD. 

Full match replays and highlights are also available shortly after the live broadcast.

What are the rest of the fixtures?

Details of all Final A and Final B games can be found here.


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What will be decided in Final Round?


The 2022 K League Title

The title is still up for grabs. Ulsan Hyundai sit top heading into Final A but current champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have made a recent habit of making up noteworthy points gaps with Ulsan to then go on and retain their title. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Jeonbuk fought back to win the title. 

The gap was as wide as 14 points earlier this season - 10 after the same number of games had been played - eight points at one stage in the earlier part of 2021, five in 2020, and four in 2019. Last season Jeonbuk were level on points with Ulsan heading into the split but in 2020 they were two points behind and one point in 2019. 

AFC Champions League Qualification

Pohang Steelers, Incheon United and, to a lesser extent, Jeju United are fighting for third and a place in next season's AFC Champions League. The Steelers have a strong lead over fourth and so third is theirs to lose. Should they finish third, it will only be the second time in seven years that Pohang will have qualified for the ACL through league standings. 

Automatic Relegation 

Seongnam FC are bottom of the league and, given how far adrift they are, it looks to be a matter of when not if the Magpies are confirmed. The Tancheon outfit might get a stay of execution, though, should they get off to a good start in Final A.

Relegation Playoff Places

Adding extra excitement this season is the extra promotion-relegation playoff. Finishing 10th in K League 1 used to be enough to survive relegation but now third from bottom in the top flight has to face the winners of the K League 2 playoffs. Third in K League 2 faces the winner of fourth versus fifth who then face the K League 1 side over two legs. 

Where can I read more?


We have more on our Patreon such as the predicted K League 1 standings based on head-to-head, how Final A will look based on xG, how Final B will look also based on xG, not to mention the video version of our Final Round preview with K League commentator Alex Jensen.



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