All 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 from the past season automatically qualify for the DFB-Pokal for next season. The same applies to the top four clubs of the 3. Liga, bringing the total to 40 teams who qualify automatically. Alongside these clubs, all amateur clubs in Germany have the chance to reach the first round of the DFB-Pokal every year.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a spanner in the works for many lower-ranked clubs this year. Nevertheless, the 21 state associations will be represented in the DFB-Pokal by their cup winners for the coming season. Here, DFB.de provides an overview of the teams that have qualified for the 2021/22 DFB-Pokal.
The first-round draw will take place this Sunday at 18:30 CEST.
In addition to all 36 clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga from the 2020/2021 season, the current champions of the 3. Liga, Dynamo Dresden, as well as the three other best-placed sides in the third tier qualify for next season’s DFB-Pokal. This season, that is FC Hansa Rostock, FC Ingolstadt 04 and TSV 1860 München.
Through cup competitions in the 21 state associations of the DFB, even a district league team can make it to the first round of the Pokal in theory. In order to reach this point, the team must be successful in the district cup, after which lower-ranked teams can qualify for their respective state cup, the winner of which then gains entry to the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
13 state cup finals or deciding matches for participation in the DFB-Pokal were played on the final day of the amateur season this year. The other state associations will determine their participants for the DFB-Pokal at a later date due to the effects of the pandemic. The DFB’s registration deadline is 1st July.
In addition to the 21 state cup winners, three other teams complete final total of 64 clubs which participate in the DFB-Pokal. The three state associations with the largest number of members are each allowed to award an additional place in the first round for next season. Therefore in Lower Saxony, two cup competitions have been held since the 2018/2019 season. While only teams from the 3. Liga and the Regionalliga take part in the first competition (won this season by SV Meppen), all amateur teams below the Regionalliga compete in the second competition (VfL Oldenburg were drawn as the winners). Both cup winners qualify for the DFB-Pokal.
In Westphalia, in addition to the winner of the state cup, since 2015/2016 the winner of a deciding match between the champion of the Oberliga Westfalen and the best Westphalian team from the Regionalliga West also competes in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. As a result of the cancellation of the 2020/2021 season of the Oberliga Westfalen, there has been no champion. Consequently, SC Preußen Münster have automatically received the right to start in the DFB-Pokal this time, as they finished as the best Westphalian Regionalliga West side. Since SCP also qualified for the final of the Westfalenpokal, their opponents in the final Sportfreunde Lotte have also qualified for the DFB-Pokal, regardless of the outcome of the final. To ensure a balance, the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia (FLVW) has decided that next year the champion of the Oberliga Westfalen will automatically qualify for the DFB-Pokal.
In Bavaria, in addition to the state cup winners – SpVgg Oberfranken Bayreuth – the Toto Pokal winners also qualified for the DFB-Pokal first round. Third tier side Türkgücü München beat FV Illerrtissen 8-7 on penalties.
On Wednesday evening (30 June), Regionalliga side FC Carl Zeiss Jena beat FC An der Fahner Höhe 4-1 after extra time, while Oberliga side Bremer SV beat local rivals Brinkumer SV 2-1, both thereby confirming their place in the DFB-Pokal.
Participating teams in the 2021/22 DFB-Pokal:
1. FC Köln
1. FSV Mainz 05
1. FC Union Berlin
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern München
FC Schalke 04
SV Werder Bremen
1. FC Heidenheim
1. FC Nürnberg
FC Erzgebirge Aue
FC St. Pauli
FC Würzburger Kickers
SC Paderborn 07
SpVgg Greuther Fürth
SSV Jahn Regensburg
SV Darmstadt 98
Dynamo Dresden (3. Liga champions)
FC Hansa Rostock (3. Liga runners-up)
FC Ingolstadt 04 (third in 3. Liga)
TSV 1860 München (fourth in 3. Liga)
FC Viktoria Köln (Middle-Rhine Cup winners)
SV Waldhof Mannheim (Baden Cup winners)
SV Wehen Wiesbaden (Hesse Cup winners)
SV Meppen (Lower Saxony Cup winners)
1. FC Kaiserslautern (unanimously recommended for the 2021/22 first round by the South-West German FA)
1. FC Magdeburg (registered for the DFB-Pokal following an agreement between the Saxony-Anhalt FA and SV Graf Zeppelin 09 Abtsdorf)
Türkgücü München (Bavaria Cup winners winners)
1. FC Lok Leipzig (Saxony Cup winners)
BFC Dynamo (Berlin Cup winners)
SC Preußen Münster (best Regionalliga West side from Westphalia FA)
Sportfreunde Lotte (Westphalia Cup runners-up)
SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball (Württemberg Cup winners)
SV 07 Elversberg (Saarland Cup winners)
SV Babelsberg 03 (Brandenburg Cup winners)
TuS Rot-Weiß Koblenz (Rhineland Cup winners)
Wuppertaler SV (Lower Rhine Cup winners)
SpVgg Oberfranken Bayreuth (Bavaria Ligapokal winners)
FC Eintracht Norderstedt (Hamburg FA playoff winners)
SC Weiche Flensburg 08 (Schleswig-Holstein Cup winners)
Carl Zeiss Jena (Thuringia Cup winners)
VfL Oldenburg (Lower Saxony Amateur cup winners via drawn lots).
Greifswalder FC (next highest Mecklenurg-Vorpommern FA club after already qualified Hansa Rostock)
FC 08 Villingen (South Baden Cup winners)
Bremer SV (Bremen Cup winners)