The German League Cup, called “DFB-Pokal” can be of enormous financial importance, especially for the smaller clubs.
By marketing the TV and audio rights, the DFB earns several million euros, which are then distributed proportionally among the teams according to their sporting performance in the competition.
How exactly are the payments from the DFB-Pokal distributed?
In the 1st round 130,500 euros will go to the 24 representatives from the regional associations, 175,500 euros to the other 40 clubs.
Last year, 121,000 euros and 166,000 euros respectively were spent on the first round.
The increase of the payments is partly due to the TV contracts.
In the future, for example, at least two matches are to be broadcast on free TV.
The second round brings the clubs 351,000 euros, the third round 702,000 euros. In the quarter finals the clubs get 1.404 million euros, in the semi finals already 2.807 million euros.
The payments for the final have not yet been fixed at this point in time.
Here you can find the overview of the DFB-Pokal payments for this season and the last years.
1st Round: Starting Payments dependent on different factors
The clubs in the DFB-Pokal receive different starting payments.
Background: The difference of 175,500 Euro and 130,500 Euro in the amount of 45,000 Euro is divided among all participating teams in the so called “Landespokal” which is a cup of the amateur teams in which they can qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The “Landespokal” is a cup on a federal state basis.
A part of the marketing revenues will therefore be used in solidarity to support the amateur sector.
Accordingly, all clubs that have qualified for the DFB-Pokal about the “Landespokal” will receive 45,000 euros less startinig payments than clubs which are qualified about the 1. and 2. Bundesliga.
These are the Starting Payments of the participants in the DFB Pokal 2019/2020:
|FC Bayern München||175.500|
|FSV Mainz 05||175.500|
|FC Schalke 04||175.500|
|1. FC Köln||175.500|
|FC St. Pauli||175.500|
|SpVgg Greuther Fürth||175.500|
|SV Wehen Wiesbaden||175.500|
|FC Hansa Rostock||130.500|
|FC Würzburger Kickers||130.500|
|FC Energie Cottbus||130.500|
|KFC Uerdingen 05||130.500|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||130.500|
|VfB Germania Halberstadt||130.500|
|FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin||130.500|
|SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball||130.500|
|FSV Wacker Nordhausen||130.500|
|SV Atlas Delmenhorst||130.500|
|FC 08 Villingen||130.500|
Further Income from gate receipts
In addition to the payment from the DFB, the clubs can earn money in particular from gate receipts.
The clubs share the income from gate receipts per match in the DFB Pokal.
Each club receives around 45 per cent from the gate receipts. 10% of the income is used to cover the costs of pitch rental, security services, referees and the Red Cross.