The competition begins in the autumn and spring on a regional basis, after which eight teams from the regional federation of Jutland and the other five regional federations respectively qualify to the round of 16. That round is the first nationwide round, where no geographical considerations are taken into account. All rounds are played as a single game, where either the first drawn team or (when relevant) the lowest ranked team play at home. The last four rounds are played from August till newyear, where the finals (both men's and women's) are played in the city of Århus, with both games the same day.
The winner of the tournament will qualify for the European tournament EHF Cup Winners' Cup, unless they later in the season qualify to the EHF Champions League. In this case the ticket wil pass on to another team.