The 79th edition of the KNVB Cup (at the time called Amstel Cup) started on June 1, 1996. The final was played on May 8, 1997: Roda JC beat sc Heerenveen 4–2 and won the cup for the first time. A total of 78 clubs participated.
The matches of the group stage were played between August 15 and October 1, 1996. Except for four Eredivisie clubs, all other participants entered the tournament this round. 56 clubs participated, 28 advanced to the next round.
^ abDe Treffers are mentioned two times in the preliminary round, which is probably incorrect. It is possible another team has played in this round, however, that would be difficult to find out. Since 31 professional and eight amateur clubs are first mentioned in the group stage, it is possible one of those clubs actually already played in the preliminary round.