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South West Cup
Map of Germany: Position of Rheinland-Pfalz highlighted
Flag of Rheinland-Pfalz Rheinland-Pfalz
Qualifying competition for
German Cup
Current Champions 2008-09
Wormatia Worms

The South West Cup (German: Südwestpokal) is one of the 21 regional cup competitions of German football. The winner of the competition gains entry to the first round of the German Cup. It is limited to clubs from the Rheinhessen-Pfalz region of Rhineland-Palatinate, however, teams from the Fussball-Bundesliga and 2nd Fussball-Bundeliga are not permitted to compete. It is one of two cup competitions in the state, the other being the Rhineland Cup, which covers roughly the northern half of the state.

The competition is sponsored by the Bitburger brewery and carries the name Bitburger-Verbandspokal. It is operated by the South West German Football Association, the SWFV.



The Cup was established in 1973. The South West Cup is played annually.

From 1974 onwards, the winner of the South West Cup qualified for the first round of the German Cup.[1]

Since the establishement of the 3rd Liga in 2008, reserve teams can not take part in the German Cup anymore, but are permitted to play in the regional competitions. For the 2007-08 cup winner, 1. FC Kaiserslautern II, this meant, the runners-up, SV Niederauerbach, was qualified instead for the DFB-Pokal 2008–09.


Clubs from fully professional leagues are not permitted to enter the competition, meaning, no teams from the Fussball-Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga can compete.

All clubs from the South West playing in the 3rd Liga (III), Regionalliga West (IV), Oberliga Südwest (V), Verbandsliga Südwest (VI) and the two Landesligas (VII) gain direct entry to the first round. Additionally, all clubs that have reached the quarter finals of the two Bezirkspokale, the two regional cup competitions staged for teams below the Landesligas, also enter the competition. In 2007, for example, 129 clubs took part.[2] The lower classed team always receives home advantage, except in the final, which is played on neutral ground.

Cup finals

Held annually at the end of season, these were the cup finals since 1974:

Season Location Winner Finalist Result Attendance
1973-74 FC Rodalben
1974-75 ASV Landau
1975-76 VfR Wormatia Worms
1976-77 SG Eintracht Bad Kreuznach
1977-78 SG Eintracht Bad Kreuznach
1978-79 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
1979-80 1. FSV Mainz 05
1980-81 BFV Hassia Bingen
1981-82 1. FSV Mainz 05
1982-83 BFV Hassia Bingen
1983-84 SV Südwest Ludwigshafen
1984-85 SC Birkenfeld
1985-86 1. FSV Mainz 05
1986-87 SV Südwest Ludwigshafen
1987-88 VfR Wormatia Worms
1988-89 TSG Pfeddersheim
1989-90 SV Südwest Ludwigshafen
1990-91 SV Viktoria Herxheim
1991-92 VfR Wormatia Worms
1992-93 TSG Pfeddersheim
1993-94 SV Edenkoben
1994-95 TSG Pfeddersheim
1995-96 TSG Pfeddersheim
1996-97 29 May 1997 1. FC Kaiserslautern II SV Viktoria Herxheim 2-1
1997-98 SC Idar-Oberstein
1998-99 FK 03 Pirmasens
1999-2000 Neustadt, 7 June 2000 TSG Pfeddersheim 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 2-2 (4-2 pen) 400
2000-01 Bad Kreuznach, 7 June 2001 1. FSV Mainz 05 II VfR Grünstadt 1-0 400
2001-02 Alzey, 30 May 2002 1. FSV Mainz 05 II 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 3-0 1,500
2002-03 Worms, 3 June 2003 1. FSV Mainz 05 II 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 1-0 800
2003-04 Ludwigshafen, 3 June 2004 1. FSV Mainz 05 II SC Hauenstein 3-1 500
2004-05 Grünstadt, 25 May 2005 1. FSV Mainz 05 II SC Hauenstein 2-0
2005-06 Alzey, 24 May 2006 FK 03 Pirmasens FSV Mainz 05 II 2-1 1,150
2006-07 Ludwigshafen, 1 May 2007 VfR Wormatia Worms 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 1-0 3,700
2007-08 21 May 2008 1. FC Kaiserslautern II SV Niederauerbach 2-1
2008-09 19 May 2009 VfR Wormatia Worms FSV Oggersheim 5-1
  • Winners in bold


Listed in order of wins, the Cup winners are (2009):

Club Wins
1. FSV Mainz 05 1 8
VfR Wormatia Worms 5
TSG Pfeddersheim 5
1. FC Kaiserslautern II 3
SV Südwest Ludwigshafen 3
FK Pirmasens 2
BFV Hassia Bingen 2
SG Eintracht Bad Kreuznach 2
SC Idar-Oberstein 1
SV Edenkoben 1
SV Viktoria Herxheim 1
SC Birkenfeld 1
ASV Landau 1
FC Rodalben 1
  • 1 Includes first and reserve team.

External links



  1. ^ DFB Cup Men - Mode DFB website, accessed: 2 June 2009
  2. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2006-07 (German), publisher: DSFS, published: 2007, page: 280, accessed: 2 June 2009


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