The seven Bezirke in Bavaria each play their own cup competition which in turn used to function as a qualifying to the German Cup (DFB-Pokal). Since 1998 these seven cup-winners plus the losing finalist of the region that won the previous event advance to the newly introduced Bavarian Cup, the Toto-Pokal. The two finalists of this competition advance to the German Cup. Bavarian clubs which play in the first or second Bundesliga are not permitted to take part in the event, their reserve teams however can. The seven regional cup winners were qualified for the first round.
1 Until the end of the 1997-98 season, a rule of the Schwaben FA stipulated that, in case of a draw after extra time, the lower classed team advances. A penalty shoot-out only applied if both teams played on the same league level. The rule was changed after 1998.
The two clubs, SV Schalding-Heining and SG Post/Süd Regensburg, who qualified through the Bavarian Cup for the DFB Cup 1998-99 both were knocked out in the first round of the national cup competition: