South West Cup
|South West Cup|
|Qualifying competition for|
|Current Champions 2013-14|
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-Bundesliga 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.
Since the establishment 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 2008–09 DFB-Pokal.
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. The lower classed team always receives home advantage, except in the final, which is played on neutral ground.
Held annually at the end of season, these were the cup finals since 1974:
|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|
|1985-86||1. FSV Mainz 05|
|1986-87||SV Südwest Ludwigshafen|
|1987-88||VfR Wormatia Worms|
|1989-90||SV Südwest Ludwigshafen|
|1990-91||SV Viktoria Herxheim|
|1991-92||VfR Wormatia Worms|
|1996-97||29 May 1997||1. FC Kaiserslautern II||SV Viktoria Herxheim||2-1|
|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|
|2009-10||Offenbach, 26 May 2010||FK Pirmasens||FV Dudenhofen||3-0|
|2010-11||31 May 2011||SVN Zweibrücken||SC Idar-Oberstein||2-1 pen|
|2011-12||Idar-Oberstein, 22 May 2012||VfR Wormatia Worms||FK Pirmasens||4-1|
|2012-13||Bobenheim-Roxheim, 29 May 2013||TSG Pfeddersheim||Arminia Ludwigshafen||4-3 pen|
|2013-14||Mehlingen, 14 May 2014||Alemannia Waldalgesheim||SVN Zweibrücken||1-0||1,005|
- Winners in bold
Listed in order of wins, the Cup winners are:
- 1 Includes first and reserve team.
- "DFB Cup Men – Mode". DFB. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
- Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2006-07 (in German). DSFS. 2007. p. 280.
- Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
- Fussball.de: South West Cup (German)
- South West Football association website: List of Cup winners (German)