DFB-Pokal (women)

The DFB Women's Cup is the football cup competition for German women's football club teams. The competition is organized annually by the German Football Association (DFB) and after winning the German Championship titles in the most important national women's association football.

About the history of the Women's Cup in what was then the other part of Germany until the reunification see women's football in the GDR.


The DFB Women's Cup was played for the first time for the 1980/81 season. Since there were no league at that time, the winner of the country's trophies participated. In the first edition, the eighth, quarter and semi-finals were played in home and away matches. First Cup Winners' Cup was on 2 May 1981 at Stuttgart Neckar Stadium the then all-conquering team of the SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach with a 5-0 over the first German women's champion TuS Woerrstadt. Doris Kresimon scoring three goals alone. Bergisch Gladbach 1982 could defend his title with a 3-0 victory over VfL Wildeshausen. Between 1986 and 1989, the TSV Siegen wrote with four Cup wins in a row history. It should take about a decade to this record has been improved.

In 1991, the Cup was last played only by the winners of the national trophies. With the introduction of the Women's Bundesliga and the German reunification, the number of participants was extended. In future, the Bundesliga qualified automatically for the Cup competition. In addition, only referees were used from 1992. Gertrud Regus launched the first woman to the cup final. In the following years, Green-White Brauweiler and FSV Frankfurt shared the Cup title among themselves.

The Cup Final of 1998 between FCR Duisburg and FSV Frankfurt ( 6:2 ) holds among many women's football fans as the best finale of all time. Inka Grings scored three goals alone and made thus for the first title of their club. After the triumph of Duisburg the great era of the 1st FFC Frankfurt began. Five times in a row won the Praunheimerinnen the cup and remained at this time 29 Cup matches without defeat. Apart from the clear 5:0 victory over Hamburger SV 2002, the FFC could always just barely and partly also happy to win. 2003, the FCR 2001 Duisburg held with long and eventually lost in injury time through an unfortunate own goal by Martina Voss.

1st FFC Frankfurt was dethroned by archrival 1 FFC Turbine Potsdam, who won the playoffs from 2004 to 2006 for themselves. My opponent was every time 1st FFC Frankfurt. Frankfurt city secured the trophy again in 2007 victory. Potsdam difference in the second round against eventual finalists Duisburg. The Cup Final 2008 won the 1st FFC Frankfurt 5-1 against the team from Saarbrücken. In the years 2009 and 2010, in turn, put the Duisburg city by 2009 with the final staging in Berlin they won against Turbine Potsdam with the record of 7-0 in 2010 with a 1-0 win over the last East German women's football champions FF USV Jena the women's final, the had taken place for the first time in Cologne. It was set up with 26,282 viewers a European record for national team games. After 2011, the 1.FFC Frankfurt had won the cup final, Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg were able to re-enter the list of winners in the two subsequent years.


All games in the DFB Cup will be played over a regular time of 2 × 45 minutes. The winner of a game is moving into the next round. Is it after the regular season draw, the game is extended by 2 × 15 minutes. Is it still a draw after extra time, the winner will be decided in a penalty shootout. The temporarily applicable to other competitions modes golden goal and silver goal have not been applied in the DFB Cup. In the finals, followed by a draw, unlike the men, yet immediately the penalty shootout. Since the women's final is decoupled from that of men and is discharged as an independent event in Cologne, an extension is provided in the score is level after 90 minutes.

Until 1991, no penalty shoot a replay was a draw after extra time initially performed, but recognized. Here, the venue turned back. Only if it was a draw in the replay after extra time, it came to the penalty shootout. As the heading of replays repeatedly led to scheduling problems, the mode starting from the season 1991/92 has been changed.


For the competition are eligible to start the 36 clubs in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, with the exception of the respective second teams who are no longer eligible since 2005, and the five newly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga last season. For this, the 21 Cup winner come from the national associations of the DFB, unless they are moved up to the 2nd Bundesliga. In this case usually occurs at the respective Cup finalist. If the second team of the Bundesliga country cup winner, the trophy finalist may register in this case.


The pairings will be drawn before each round. In the first round only so many matches will be lost, as it is necessary to reduce the number of participants to 32 teams. The remaining teams will receive a bye. The required number of byes shall be distributed to the top ranked teams in the final table of the Women's Bundesliga before the start of the draw.

The first, second and third rounds will be played separately in regionally drawn groups. The allocation of the qualified teams to these groups is made by the DFB Committee for Women's Football on a geographical basis. The DFB - committee on women's football can specify two or four groups, he may waive the definition of groups in the third round.

Within the drawn groups is solved in the first, second and third rounds of two separate pots containing the eligible teams in the Women's Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga and Women's teams from the regional associations. Here, the status applies in the game of the year unseated competition. The clubs from the national associations have home in the first, second and third round of games against women's Bundesliga teams.


The final took place since the inaugural tournament until 2009 (since 1985 at the Olympiastadion Berlin ) in principle before the finals of the men's competition instead. The only exception was 1983, when the final of the women in Frankfurt am Main, which was, however, the men played in Cologne. Since 2010, the finals will be held separately from the men's final in Cologne Rhein Energie Stadium.

The battle cry of " Berlin, Berlin, we 're going to Berlin! " Had its validity also in the Women's Cup. The qualification for the final is a lucrative proposition for the participating clubs. The performance units awarded by the DFB bonus of 70,000 euros for the finalists is a welcome additional income for many clubs. Through the live broadcast of the game on TV and the view to present themselves ten thousand spectators in front of many in the stadium - to the Bundesliga games usually come only a maximum of a few thousand spectators - is the cup final for the players to an unforgettable experience.

In recent years has been repeatedly discussed whether the final of the Women's Cup should be carried out as an independent event. Peter Peters, managing director of FC Schalke 04, in early 2007 brought the Veltins- Arena in Gelsenkirchen as the venue of the Women's finals week. He justified his proposal so that the women's final was only an " appendage " of the men's finals and finally had to emancipate. Peters ' proposal met with the leaders of the Bundesliga with rejection. Ferdinand Seidelt, President of the FCR 2001 Duisburg, accused Peters put forward only business interests. Among the fans also ran controversial debate on this issue, with most uttered, to remain in Berlin. Nevertheless, the DFB, the women's final in April 2009, wrote from the public. In December 2009, the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne was presented as a venue for the final in 2010, which is to be maintained since then as a permanent venue. The winners were awarded a new trophy on May 15, 2010.

International qualifications

In contrast to the men's competition, the victory moves the DFB Women's Cup no qualification for the UEFA Women's Champions League (until 2009: UEFA Women 's Cup ) to itself.

The trophy

In the first years of the competition there was to win no actual Cup: Cup Winners received a document tube made ​​of silver with a laurel branch. This trophy was designed by Adolf Kunesch.

Since 1994 there were for the women a "real" cup as among men; designed the trophy also by Adolf Kunesch. The cup is made of silver and 45 cm high, its material value is € 10,000. It weighs three kilograms and has a capacity of four liters. The cup is formed of two cross -contained half-shells which are decorated by nine green blue gemstone pallets of chrysocolla. On the back of the trophy, the Cup Winners' names were engraved: a total of 16 teams are immortalized here, most recently the winners of 2009.

Since 2010, a new trophy will be awarded to the Cup Winners' Cup. This trophy was designed by the Swiss designer Thomas Hug, who is 60 inches high and eleven kilograms. Are on the base to show the tradition of the previous Cup winners since 1980 engraved; on the top of the trophy is a ball that contains the paper loaded in Email Logo of the German Football Association. The production was made ​​of brass cup of the Milan-based company GDE Bertoni. The material value of the trophy is 30,000 euros.

Cup finals and Cup Winners

In the history of the DFB Cup women won ten different clubs for the title. The most successful club is the first FFC Frankfurt with eight titles. This is followed by the FSV Frankfurt and the TSV Siegen (now Sportfreunde Siegen) with five titles.

Seven teams have won the Cup as part of the Doubles from Cup victory and championship. The 1st FFC Frankfurt won six times the Double (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008), including three in a row. Three times took the SSG Bergisch Gladbach ( 1981, 1982, 1984), twice the 1 FFC Turbine Potsdam (2004, 2006), the Double. The once won the TSV Siegen ( 1987), the FSV Frankfurt ( 1995), Green - White brewing Weiler ( 1997) and VfL Wolfsburg (2013 ), the Double.

With the first FFC Frankfurt (2002, 2008) and the first VfL Wolfsburg (2013 ) won the previous two clubs the triple.

The 1st FFC Frankfurt holds ten playoff appearances in a row, five consecutive wins and three playoff losses in a row three playoff records. The TSV Siegen won between 1986 and 1989 four times in a row the title and had to leave one behind the other, both in 1991 and 1992 as well as 1994 and 1995, twice as losers on the pitch. During this time there were five consecutive finals held with participation of Siegen. Overall, the Siegenerinnen reached ten times the cup final ( 2000 Sportfreunde Siegen). Three times in a row, the first FFC Turbine Potsdam could win the Cup (2004, 2005, 2006).

FSV Frankfurt, Bayern Munich, Hamburger SV and VfL Wolfsburg are the only teams that could reach the finals in both the men and the women. Of these, so far could only FC Bayern Munich at the women and the men win the cup.

Cup surprises

Similar to the men competition, are regularly Cup surprises. Even if such sensations occur less frequently differ from regular first-and second division against teams from lower leagues.

The first great sensation was 1983 Tennis Borussia Berlin, in the first round of the reigning champion and cup winner SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach threw 3-1 from the competition. Bergisch Gladbach retaliated for the championship final with a 6-0 win. Bayern Munich ended in the second round in 1990, the winning streak of the TSV Siegen by a success in the replay on penalties.

For the greatest Cup sensation came in 1991, when the third division Green-White Brauweiler hit a Bundesliga side in all four rounds. In the final, the reigning German champions TSV beat the team in the future internationals Silke Rottenberg and Bettina Wiegmann were, wins 1-0 and is still the only second division side, who won the trophy. In the same season Brauweiler rose. Thus, the success with the ( men's ) Cup victory of Kickers Offenbach in 1970 is comparable.

The last big surprise team in 1999, the then second division side Hertha Zehlendorf. On the way to the semifinals Berlin's switched from the first division Green-White Brauweiler and 1.FC Saarbrücken before the first FFC Frankfurt kept the upper hand in the semifinals.

Early 2000s saw the Hamburger SV for several surprises. 2001 threw the then second division the reigning German champions FCR Duisburg 2-1 after extra time in the competition. A year later reached the HSV- women, and now on - the same descended to the Bundesliga again, the cup final. Again, second division, presented the HSV reigning runner- 1 FFC Turbine Potsdam in the very first round of a leg.

On 19 October 2008, the FC Bayern Munich ended with a 1-0 victory over the first FFC Frankfurt 's ten -year series of finals.


The longest winning streak in consecutive Cup Finals holds the first FFC Frankfurt. Between 1998 and 2004, the Praunheimerinnen won 29 games in a row and were thus able to win the trophy five times in a row. Only the first FFC Turbine Potsdam stopped the series on 29 May 2004 in the cup final.

The longest series of finals also holds the first FFC Frankfurt. From 1999 to 2008, they were a total of 10 times in the cup final ( fighter won 7).

The biggest win of the Cup history was 20:0, which was achieved twice. In Cup 2001/ 02 1st FFC Frankfurt won with this result at Karlsruher SC, two years later repeated the FFC Heike Rheine this result in the first-round match at FC Oberneuland. A total of 76 times ( up to and including the 2011/12 season ), there was a double-digit victory.

The highest final win was in 2009 FCR 2001 Duisburg, who defeated the first FFC Turbine Potsdam 7-0.

The current record attendance of 26,282 spectators in the DFB Cup and national team matches of the women was set up on 15 May 2010 in Cologne Rhein Energie Stadion in the game against FCR 2001 Duisburg FF USV Jena.