Super cup

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A super cup is a competition, usually but not exclusively in association football, which often forms the "curtain-raiser" to a season. It is typically contested on a national level by two competition winners of the previous season: the knock-out cup winner and the league winner. There are also continental super cups, like the UEFA Super Cup in football, which puts together winners of the top- and second-tier UEFA competitions. Sometimes these are two-legged ties, with a match played at each side's stadium, but increasingly they are one-off fixtures at a neutral venue, such as a national stadium. Some Super Cups have even been staged in venues outside their home country, such as the Italian, French, Mexican and Turkish games.

If the league champions are also the national cup winners, they may play the runners-up from one of the competitions.

Football[edit]

National super cups[edit]

The FA Community Shield is contested by the champions of the Premier League and FA Cup

The following nations have an active super cup competition:

Defunct super cups[edit]

Cross-border super cups[edit]

Continental super cups[edit]

Most of the continental football federations also have their own super cups:

Intercontinental super cups[edit]

Most of the continental football federations have jointly held a competition pitting their champions against each other:

All of these competitions are now defunct and have been succeeded by the FIFA Club World Cup, which features the champions of all of the federations, plus the champion of the host country.

A similar tournament is held at international level, the FIFA Confederations Cup. It is held on a quadrennial basis, the year before a World Cup in its host country, and features the six continental champions, the World Cup winners and the host.

Basketball[edit]

National Supercups[edit]

Continental level[edit]

Other sports[edit]