The K League Classic is the top tier in (South) Korean football and is one of a number of smaller global leagues that are growing in betting popularity. As more and more bookies offer odds on such leagues and global television coverage, either via streams from the betting sites themselves, or from satellite and cable providers, increases, many savvy punters are turning to evermore unusual leagues for their football bets.
Of course, Korean football is far from a total backwater, with the national side regularly being ranked inside the top 50 in the world and twice making the top 20. When they co-hosted the World Cup in 2002 they narrowly lost out in the semi finals to Germany – going one round further than England that year! Moreover, many Korean stars have graced the top flights of various European countries, with Park Ji-Sung (or Ji-Sung Park if you prefer!) arguably the most famous, having lifted the Champions League with Manchester United.
The K League Classic began in 1983 and now features 12 teams, with 11 teams in the second tier of Korean football, the K League Challenge, making for a total of 23 sides in the K League as a whole. Both divisions fall under the Asian Football Confederation, with the winners of the K League Classic going on to play in the AFC Champions League, Asia’s equivalent of Europe’s premier club competition.
At the other end of the table a traditional relegation system was recently introduced, meaning that the bottom sides of the K League Classic face demotion to the Challenge whilst sides will be eligible for promotion into the Classic provided they meet various eligibility criteria. As with many less well established leagues, Korean football’s exact structures and processes change relatively regularly.
In recent years no single side has dominated in the same way, for example, Bayern Munich have in German football. As such, betting on the outright winner market of the K League Classic can be an interesting bet, with some great odds available.
However, perhaps the biggest advantage of the K League Classic for those looking to bet on it is that the season traditionally stretches from March or April through to November. This means that, especially away from World Cup and European Championship years, it is a brilliant summer betting opportunity for those that just can’t wait for the European calendars to begin.
If you do decide to have a bet on the K League Classic then be sure to return to this page where you’ll find all the latest live betting odds from all the top bookies, meaning you can quickly and easily place your bets at the highest odds available and thus maximise your returns. We cover every game so don’t accept lower odds and miss out, whichever K League Classic game you intend to bet on.