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Season


Knockout stage:

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1st Round:

64 teams are drawn into 32 pairs.

Teams are seeded into 2 pots, as follows:

Pot 1: the 10 Bundesliga and 9 1. Liga teams;

Pot 2: the other 45 teams.

Teams from Pot 1 are drawn against teams from Pot 2, until all teams from Pot 1 are drawn. The remaining Pot 2 teams are drawn against each other.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

If a Regionalliga or lower level team is drawn against a Bundesliga or 1. Liga team, then the lower level team is host. Otherwise, hosting is determined by the draw.



2nd Round:

32 teams are drawn into 16 pairs.

Teams are seeded into 2 pots, as follows:

Pot 1: all remaining Bundesliga and 1. Liga teams;

Pot 2: the other teams.

Teams from Pot 1 are drawn against teams from Pot 2, until all teams from one of the pots are drawn. The remaining teams from the other pot are drawn against each other.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

If a Regionalliga or lower level team is drawn against a Bundesliga or 1. Liga team, then the lower level team is host. Otherwise, hosting is determined by the draw.



8th Finals:

16 teams are drawn into 8 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

If a Regionalliga or lower level team is drawn against a Bundesliga or 1. Liga team, then the lower level team is host. Otherwise, hosting is determined by the draw.



Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Cup winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The match is played at a neutral venue.



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

winner: UEFA Europa League

* - if the Cup winner qualifies for the UEFA Champions League, then no team from the Cup qualifies. The best placed Bundesliga team, not otherwise qualified for the UEFA Europa League, earns the spot instead.