What Will Change in the K-League in the 2024 Season?

The opening of Hana Bank’s K-League 2024 is just around the corner.

Starting with the official opening game between Ulsan and Pohang at 2 p.m. on the 1st of next month at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, the curtain will be opened.

On the 23rd, the Korea Professional Football Federation summarized the changes in the K-League this season.

Change Player Registration Period

First, the player registration period will be changed. The regular and additional registration periods of the K League will be operated flexibly within a total of 16 weeks.

Existing regular registration was 12 weeks from January 1 every year, and additional registration was 4 weeks during the season, but from this year, regular registration was set at least 8 weeks to maximum 12 weeks during March, and additional registration was set at least 4 weeks to 8 weeks during the season. This takes into account the lack of opportunities to strengthen the squad when transferring major players to overseas leagues as the player registration period of neighboring competing leagues continues even after the end of the K-League additional registration period.

Meanwhile, 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.

K-League players’ minimum basic annual salary raised to 27 million won

The minimum basic annual salary for K-League players will be raised from 24 million won to 27 million won. It has been four years since the minimum annual salary for 2020 was raised from 20 million won to 24 million won. This takes into account the welfare improvement and inflation of low-paid players.

K League 1’s roster increased from 18 to 20, and K League 2 maintained 18 players

The list of K-League 1 players will be increased to 20 from the previous 18. The number of K-League 2 players on standby will be increased from seven to a maximum of nine, on top of the 11 players who will start as starters. However, K-League 2 will be maintained at 18 due to the impact of increased operating expenses.

Increase the number of benches from 11 to 13

The number of people seated on the bench will increase from 11 to 13. The number of coaching and team staff members who can join the roster has been a maximum of 11, but the number of people who can sit on the bench has increased to 13 due to the need to increase interpreting staff due to the increase in the quota of foreign players and the increase in the number of players who can participate in the K-League 1.

The number of replacements will be eased following the participation of K League 1 U22, and K League 2 will be maintained as of now

The U22 mandatory travel system, which deducts the number of replacements if U22 players do not play, will be partially eased only for K League 1 from this season. The change takes into account the situation that the number of replacements has increased from three to five from the 2021 season, and the number of K League 1 players waiting to be replaced from seven to nine from the 2024 season.

Starting this season, three players can be replaced if U22 players do not play, four players can be replaced if U22 players start and there is no additional replacement, four players can be replaced even if more than two U22 players are deployed as replacements without starting, and five players can be replaced if more than two U22 players start or if more than one player is replaced after one start.

However, K League 2 will maintain the existing U22 mandatory travel system.

New rules for postponing kick-off time

A new rule for postponing kick-off time has been established to respond to sudden bad weather, stadium facilities problems, and crowd requirements just before kick-off. In the event of such a reason, the game supervisor may comprehensively consider the situation of the stadium and postpone the kick-off after listening to the opinions of the judges.

The process of postponement of the game can be done up to two times, 30 minutes each for the first and second rounds, and if the game cannot be held after that, the game will be canceled and played again the next day.

What’s different about it

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

Maxports, a channel directly managed by the federation, has joined the K-League 2 TV channel. As a result, K-League 2 TV will be broadcasted on Maxports, Sports for All, BALL TV, IB Sports, GOLF & PBA and SMT Sports. Sky Sports will also broadcast major matches on other channels simultaneously. 토토사이트 추천