For 1. FC Nuremberg it was the third national championship. It was part of Nuremberg's most successful era where the club won five titles in eight seasons from 1920 to 1927, missing out on a sixth one in the inconclusive 1922 championship. For Hamburger SV, the defending champions, it was the third final appearance in three season, having faced Nuremberg once before in the 1922 final. Hamburg's next final appearance would come in 1928 when it defeated Hertha BSC.
Seven club qualified for the knock-out competition, the champions of each of the seven regional football championships. It was the last edition with seven clubs as, from 1925 onwards, sixteen clubs would play in the competition.