2024 K League 1 to increase bench size from 7 to 9

The Korea Professional Football Association (KPAF) announced in a press release today the changes ahead of the start of the Hana Bank K League 2024.

There are five major changes to the K League this season. They are: Changes to the player registration period, Increase in the minimum annual base salary for K League players, Expansion of the K League 1 roster, Increase in the number of players on the bench, Relaxation of substitutions for K League 1 U-22s, and New kickoff time delay rule.

Changes to the player registration period The regular and additional registration periods for players in the K League will be flexible, with a total of 16 weeks. Previously, the regular registration period was 12 weeks from January 1 of each year and the additional registration period was 4 weeks during the season, but from this year, the regular registration period will be a minimum of 8 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks from January to March, and the additional registration period will be a minimum of 4 weeks to 8 weeks during the season.

This is in consideration of the fact that the registration period for players in neighboring competing leagues continues after the end of the K League’s supplemental registration period, leaving clubs with little opportunity to strengthen their squads when key players transfer to overseas leagues. As of this year, the regular registration period is from January 1 to March 8, and the additional registration period is from June 20 to July 31.

The minimum annual base salary for players has also been increased by 3 million won. It will now be 27 million won, up from 24 million won. This comes four years after the minimum base salary was raised from KRW20 million to KRW24 million in 2020. This was done to improve the welfare of low-salaried players and to account for inflationary trends.

The K League 1 roster will increase from 18 to 20 players. In addition to the 11 players who start, the number of reserves will increase by two, from seven to a maximum of nine. However, K-League 2 will remain at 18 players to account for increased operating costs.

The maximum number of coaching staff and team staff that can be listed on the roster was previously 11, but the number of seats has been increased to 13 due to the need to increase interpretation staff due to the increase in the foreign player quota and the expansion of the K League 1 roster.

The ‘U22 Mandatory Traveling System’, which has been debated by some as to its necessity, has also been partially relaxed for K League 1. The number of substitutes has been increased from three to five from the 2021 season, and the number of substitutes in the K League 1 will increase from seven to nine from the 2024 season.

Starting this season, teams can make three substitutions if a U22 player does not start, four substitutions if a U22 player starts and no additional substitutions are made, four 토토 substitutions if a U22 player does not start and two or more substitutions are made, and five substitutions if two or more U22 players start or one or more substitutions are made after a U22 player starts. Meanwhile, the existing U22 mandatory traveling system will remain in place for K-League 2.

In order to respond to sudden adverse weather conditions, stadium facility problems, or crowd disturbances just before kickoff, a new rule has been established to postpone the kickoff time. In such cases, the match supervisor may postpone the kick-off, even shortly before kick-off, based on a comprehensive consideration of the field conditions and with the input of the referees. The process of postponing a match is limited to two periods of 30 minutes each for the first and second periods, after which the match will be canceled if it is still impossible to hold the match and replayed the next day.

In addition, CPR training for each club’s players, including youth players, will be mandatory once a year.

In addition, the number of K League 2 TV channels has been expanded. Maxports, the federation’s direct channel, has joined the program. As a result, K-League 2 TV broadcasts will be broadcast on Maxports, Living Sports TV, BALL TV, IB Sports, GOLF&PBA, and SMT Sports. Sky Sports will also broadcast major matches simultaneously with other channels.