The 65th edition of the KNVB Cup started on September 4, 1982. The two legs of the final were played on May 10 and 17, 1983: Ajax beat NEC 3–1 on both occasions and won the cup for the ninth time. From the quarter finals onwards, two-legged matches were held. If two teams drew both matches, or if they both won one, extra time was played right after the second match, no matter what the aggregate score was.
The quarter finals were played on February 23 and March 9, 1983. Two-legged matches were played from this point on. When both teams won once, or drew twice, extra time (and if necessary a penalty shootout) was held no matter what the aggregate score was.