Revenue Distribution DFB-Pokal Season 2019/2020


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 München175.500
Borussia Dortmund175.500
RB Leipzig175.500
Bayer Leverkusen175.500
Borussia Mönchengladbach175.500
VfL Wolfsburg175.500
Eintracht Frankfurt175.500
Werder Bremen175.500
Hertha BSC175.500
TSG Hoffenheim175.500
FSV Mainz 05175.500
FC Augsburg175.500
Fortuna Düsseldorf175.500
SC Freiburg175.500
FC Schalke 04175.500
VfB Stuttgart175.500
Hannover 96175.500
FC Nürnberg175.500
FC Heidenheim175.500
1. FC Köln175.500
FC Magdeburg175.500
Arminia Bielefeld175.500
Dynamo Dresden175.500
Erzgebirge Aue175.500
FC Ingolstadt175.500
FC St. Pauli175.500
Hamburger SV175.500
Holstein Kiel175.500
Jahn Regensburg175.500
MSV Duisburg175.500
SC Paderborn175.500
SpVgg Greuther Fürth175.500
SV Darmstadt175.500
SV Sandhausen175.500
Union Berlin175.500
VfL Bochum175.500
VfL Osnabrück175.500
Hallescher FC175.500
Karlsruher SC175.500
SV Wehen Wiesbaden175.500
FC Hansa Rostock130.500
FC Würzburger Kickers130.500
FC Energie Cottbus130.500
KFC Uerdingen 05130.500
1. FC Kaiserslautern130.500
VfB Eichstätt130.500
Waldhof Mannheim130.500
VfB Germania Halberstadt130.500
SV Drochtersen/Assel130.500
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin130.500
Chemnitzer FC130.500
SV Rödinghausen130.500
SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball130.500
FSV Wacker Nordhausen130.500
Alemannia Aachen130.500
VfB Lübeck130.500
FC Saarbrücken130.500
SC Verl130.500
KSV Baunatal130.500
FC Oberneuland130.500
TuS Dassendorf130.500
SV Atlas Delmenhorst130.500
FC 08 Villingen130.500
FSV Salmrohr130.500

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.

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