The two teams originally met on December 14, 2004. Since both teams were not playing in the same league at the time, the first encounter did not result in a derby. Suwon FC played in the Korea National League , the country's semi-professional league , and Seongnam FC, then still under the name Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC , played in the K League , the country's professional league. There was no promotion or relegation at the time, so the two clubs did not meet again for the next few years after the encounter. Until Suwon Fc joined the K League, they met again in 2012 in the cup.
Only after Suwon FC rose to the highest professional league in South Korea in 2016 did the two teams meet again and from February 21, 2016, encounters became a derby. To date, Seongnam FC also had a derby with their arch-rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the Gyejagsal derby . Because of their proximity and the traditional hostility between Seongnam and Suwon , the Gidbal Derby was born.
Their hostility was exacerbated by the mayors of both cities, who were also organized in warring parties. The name flag derby arose from a political dispute between the two mayors in the dispute over the flags of the two cities.