The 80th edition of the KNVB Cup (at the time called Amstel Cup) started on August 12, 1997. The final was played on May 17, 1998: Ajax beat PSV 5–0 and won the cup for the thirteenth time. A total of 60 clubs participated.
Ajax also won the Dutch Eredivisie championship, thereby taking the double. They would participate in the Champions League. PSV ended second in the eredivisie, and qualified for the Champions League as well.