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What's still to play for in 2023 K League 1 Final B?

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Two teams in K League 1 Final B are safe from relegation but the remaining three are not. Safety, whether that be avoiding automatic relegation or earning another shot at redemption via the playoffs, is still very much all to play for. 

Who's safe?

FC Seoul and Daejeon Hana Citizen are both safe. FC Seoul had already earned enough points to guarantee K League 1 football next season before even heading into Final B. Daejeon Hana Citizen, meanwhile, earned it in Round 34 following a 1-1 draw with Suwon FC. 

Who's still not safe?

Jeju United are close to sealing safety having built up a seven-point cushion over Suwon FC in 10th but still have work to do. With three games to go, Jeju need two points to guarantee their top-flight status. However, if Jeju match Suwon FC's next result, they are safe. Up next for Jeju United is the visit of FC Seoul on Saturday 11th November at 16:30 KST. Watch live on TV.KLeague.com.

Then there are the three teams in the relegation zone - Suwon FC, Gangwon FC, and Suwon Samsung Bluewings. One of those three will go down automatically, the other two will go into a playoff with teams from K League 2.


Relegation playoffs

How do they work?


Starting last year, the promotion-relegation system became even more exciting. Now there are two relegation playoff spots instead of one, 10th and 11th. The team that finishes 11th face the K League 2 runners-up in a two-leg playoff with the winners earning a spot in K League 1 for 2024. The K League 1 team will be at home for the all-important second leg.

The team that finishes 10th in K League 1 then plays the winner of the K League 2 playoffs. Third in K League 2 hosts the winners of fourth versus fifth; the winner of that contest then faces 10th in K League 1 over two legs - again with the K League 1 team at home for the second leg.

Last year, Gimcheon Sangmu finished 11th and lost over two legs to Daejeon Hana Citizen who had finished second in K League 2 and so were relegated. Suwon Bluewings finished 10th but overcame FC Anyang who won the K League 2 playoffs and so avoided relegation.

10th place


Heading into Round 36, Suwon FC have a five-point lead over Gangwon FC who sit 11th. With nine points still to play for but because of how the fixtures work, Suwon FC need four points to guarantee at least 10th and six to avoid finishing bottom. In Round 36, Suwon FC host the final Suwon Derby of the campaign while Gangwon FC are away to Daejeon Hana Citizen.

Tune into both matches on TV.KLeague.com.

11th place & automatic relegation


The closest race in the bottom half of the table is between 11th and 12th. Heading into Round 36, Gangwon FC in 11th have just a one-point lead over Suwon Bluewings in 12th. The two actually meet on the final day in what could be a game that decides automatic relegation. Before that, though, Gangwon have Daejeon then Suwon FC while the Bluewings have Suwon FC then FC Seoul in the Super Match.

The relegation battle is set to go right down to the wire. Make sure you don't miss a kick by tuning in to all K League 1 and 2 games LIVE, for FREE, and in HD on TV.KLeague.com.