The DFB-Pokal was a 76 teams in a single-elimination knockout cup competition. There were a total of six rounds leading up to the final. In the first round, some teams were given a bye. Teams were drawn against each other, and the winner after 90 minutes would advance. If still tied, 30 minutes of extra time was played. If the score was still level, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner.
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).