Svenska Cupen

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Svenska Cupen
Svenskacupen.jpg
Founded 1941
Region  Sweden
Number of teams 96
Current champions IF Elfsborg
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s) Malmö FF
(14 titles)
Television broadcasters SVT
Website Svenska Cupen
2014–15 Svenska Cupen

Svenska Cupen (English: The Swedish Cup), is a knockout cup competition in Swedish football and the main Swedish football cup. Svenska Cupen usually refers to the men's tournament, although a women's tournament is also held. Each year 98 teams compete, comprising the 16 teams from Allsvenskan and the 16 teams of Superettan together with 68 teams from lower tiers of the league system. The winners qualify for the qualifying stages of the UEFA Europa League. The winner is awarded Gustaf VI Adolf Cup.

Compared to cups in many other countries, Svenska Cupen attracts considerably less public interest and even the cup final is rarely sold out. Consequently the Swedish Football Association has experimented with the format in order to raise the profile of the cup. The final has been staged at a neutral venue, at the national stadium as well as being played as a two-leg match. Starting 2013, the newly built national stadium Friends Arena in Solna will host the final, it is not currently known if the stadium will continue to host the final annually.

Svenska Cupen was first held in 1941. The current holders of Svenska Cupen are IF Elfsborg, who beat Helsingborgs IF 1–0 in the 2014 final for their third cup title. Malmö FF are the most successful club of the competition having won 14 titles, the latest in 1989.

Rounds and teams[edit]

Friends Arena, Solna - venue for the 2013 and 2014 Svenska Cupen finals
Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Round 1 96 64 none 64 64 teams from Division 1 and lower.
Round 2 64 64 32 32 Allsvenskan
Superettan
Group stage 32 32 32 none none
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

The winner of Svenska Cupen qualifies for the first qualification round of the UEFA Europa League. The qualification spot is awarded to the fourth positioned team in Allsvenskan if the winner is already qualified for the UEFA Europa League or the UEFA Champions League.

How district teams qualify[edit]

There are a number of districts in the Swedish football organization, and each of them receives a number of spots in Svenska Cupen, due to how many eleven-player teams and nine-player teams the district has in the leagues. The only three associations of the Swedish District Football Associations that has a qualifying round to 2014–15 Svenska Cupen are Dalarnas FF and Örebro Läns FF, the other district decides their teams by Distriktsmästerskap (District Championships) or by club ranking 2013. Only teams in Division 1 or lower are included, because teams in Allsvenskan and Superettan are automatically qualified for Round 2.

Ranking[edit]

This is the number of places each of the districts will have in the first round of the 2014–15 Svenska Cupen. Updated as of 31 May 2013.

Rank Association Teams
1 Stockholm 10
2 Skåne 9
3 Småland 6
Västergötland
5 Göteborg 5
6 Halland 3
Uppland
Östergötland
9 Södermanland 2
Värmland
Örebro Län
12 Blekinge 1
Rank Association Teams
12 Bohuslän 1
Dalarna
Dalsland
Gestrikland
Gotland
Hälsingland
Jämtland-Härjedalen
Medelpad
Norrbotten
Västerbotten
Västmanland
Ångermanland

Winners[edit]

Further information: List of Svenska Cupen winners

External links[edit]