-- ABOUT THE GREEK FOOTBALL CUP --
The Greek Football Cup is Greece’s second most important club football competition and takes place from August to May. The Cup consists of teams from the first, second, and third divisions (Super League, Football League, Gamma Ethniki). The competition has eight rounds, including a single-game final.
The winner of the Cup earns a place in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, however if the Cup champion has already earned a spot in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League via their Super League finish (1st-4th), then the fifth placed team from the Super League will enter the Europa League second qualifying round in the Cup champion’s place.
The format of the Cup will be changing for the 2019/20 edition of the competition. Check back here for details.
The Greek Football Cup, organized by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), began in 1931 and over the years has been played under various formats. Up until 1971, teams from the local leagues took part, however due to the excessive number of teams, only clubs from the top three divisions competed in the Cup. After the 2012/13 season, it was decided to only include teams from the top two divisions (Super League and Football league) until last year’s edition when teams from the third tier (Gamma Ethniki) were included.
Ten different clubs have won the competition including Panathinaikos (18), AEK (15), PAOK (7), Panionios (2), Larissa (2), Aris (1), Iraklis (1), OFI Crete (1), Ethnikos Piraeus (1), Kastoria (1), and Olympiacos who have the most titles with 27.
PAOK are the the current champions after defeating AEK 1:0 in this year’s final on May 11, 2019.