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Founded1898;123 years ago (1898)
Region Netherlands
Number of teams110
Qualifier for UEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s) Johan Cruyff Shield
Current champions Ajax (20th title)
Most successful club(s) Ajax (20 titles)
Television broadcasters ESPN
Website KNVB Cup
Soccerball current event.svg 2020–21 KNVB Cup

The KNVB Beker (pronounced [ˌkaːʔɛnveːˈbeː ˈbeːkər] ; English: KNVB Cup), branded as the TOTO KNVB Beker for sponsorship reasons, is a competition in the Netherlands organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) since 1898. [1] It was based on the format of the English FA Cup. Outside the Netherlands, it is often referred to as the Dutch Cup. The tournament consists of all teams from the top four tiers of Dutch league football (Eredivisie, Eerste Divisie, Tweede Divisie and Derde Divisie), as well as the 24 semi-finalists (or replacements) of the six KNVB District Cups. The finals of the tournament traditionally takes place in De Kuip, and has been held there every season since the 1989 final. The winners of the cup compete against the winners of the Eredivisie for the Johan Cruyff Shield, which acts as the curtain raiser for the following season.



The competition was conceived during a board meeting of the Dutch Football Association, in The Hague, on 19 January 1898. The tournament began the following season, 189899. The first final was played on 9 May 1899 between RAP Amsterdam and HVV Den Haag. In 1946, the trophy was changed to one made out of silver, which was extremely rare in the immediate aftermath of World War II. That trophy remains in use today. In 2018, a trophy colored in gold was commissioned to commemorate the 100th edition of the tournament.

Name changes

Like many national cup competitions, the name of the tournament has changed with sponsorship. From 1995, the competition went from being the KNVB Beker to being known as the Amstel Cup after the then sponsor Amstel. On 16 August 2005, the name was changed to the Gatorade Cup after the drinks company Gatorade. In 2006, the name returned to being the KNVB Beker with Gatorade remaining as the principal sponsor.

On 12 January 2018, it was announced that TOTO would be the name sponsor of the KNVB Cup, until the 2021–22 season. The competition was renamed the TOTO KNVB Beker with immediate effect.

European competition

Up until 1998, the winner of the cup entered into the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but with the abandonment of that tournament, the winner now goes into the UEFA Europa League. If the winning team has finished in the top two of the Eredivisie and thus gained entry into the UEFA Champions League, the berth will be redistributed to that season's Eredivisie.

In 1998, both KNVB Cup finalists, Ajax and PSV, gained entry in the Champions League, so a third-place play-off was played between the beaten semi-finalists, SC Heerenveen and FC Twente, to determine who would take the Cup Winners' Cup place.

Past finals

1898–99 RAP Amsterdam 10 aet HVV Den Haag
1899–1900 Velocitas Breda 31 Ajax Leiden
1900–01 HBS Craeyenhout 43 RAP Amsterdam
1901–02 Haarlem 21 HBS Craeyenhout
1902–03 HVV Den Haag 61 HBS Craeyenhout
1903–04 HFC 31 HVV Den Haag
1904–05 VOC Rotterdam 30 HBS Craeyenhout 2
1905–06 Concordia 32 AC & VV Volharding
1906–07 VOC Rotterdam 43Voorwaarts
1907–08 HBS Craeyenhout 2 31 VOC Rotterdam
1908–09 Quick Den Haag 2 20 VOC Rotterdam
1909–10 Quick Den Haag 2 20 HVV Den Haag 2
1910–11 Quick Den Haag 10 HFC Haarlem
1911–12 Haarlem 20 Vitesse
1912–13 HFC 41 DFC
1913–14 DFC 32 Haarlem
1914–15 HFC 10 HBS Craeyenhout
1915–16 Quick Den Haag 21 HBS Craeyenhout
1916–17 Ajax 50 VSV (Velsen)
1917–18 RCH 21 VVA
1918–19Not played
1919–20 CVV 21VUC Den Haag
1920–21Schoten21 RFC
1921–24Not played
1924–25 ZFC 51 Xerxes
1925–26 LONGA 52 De Spartaan
1926–27VUC Den Haag31 Vitesse
1927–28 RCH Lourents van der Bend Soccerball shade.svg 30' (o.g.)
Barend de Groot Soccerball shade.svg 70' (o.g.)
20 PEC Sportpark Berestein400
1928–29Not played
1929–30 Feijenoord 10 Excelsior
1930–31Not played
1931–32 DFC 54 PSV
1932–33Not played
1933–34 Velocitas Groningen 32 Feijenoord
1934–35 Feijenoord Arie Paauwe Soccerball shade.svg
Wim Groenendijk Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg
52HelmondDrouwen Soccerball shade.svg
Van der Velden Soccerball shade.svg
Stadion Kromme Zandweg 12,000
1936–37 FC Eindhoven 10De Spartaan
1937–38 VSV 41 AGOVV
1938–39 FC Wageningen 21 PSV
1939–42Not played
1942–43 Ajax 32 DFC Olympic Stadium
1943–44 Willem II 92 Groene Ster Jan Louwers
1944–47Not played
21 pen
DWV Olympic Stadium
1948–49 Quick 1888 11
21 pen
Helmondia Jan Louwers
1949–50 PSV 43 HFC Haarlem De Kuip
1950–56Not played
1956–57 Fortuna'54 Appel Soccerball shade.svg 14'Soccerball shade.svg 80'Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Angenent Soccerball shade.svg 78'
42 Feijenoord Schouten Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Aad Bak Soccerball shade.svg 42'
De Kuip 35,000
1957–58 Sparta Bosselaar Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Karregat Soccerball shade.svg 20' (o.g.)
Geel Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Verhoeven Soccerball shade.svg 69'
43 FC Volendam Smit Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Tol Soccerball shade.svg 41'
Smit Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Olympic Stadium 18,000
1958–59 VVV Teeuwen Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Sleven Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Klaassens Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Schatorjé Soccerball shade.svg 70'
41 ADO Den Haag Timmer Soccerball shade.svg 7' Zuiderpark 25,000
1959–60Not played
1960–61 Ajax Groot Soccerball shade.svg 78'Soccerball shade.svg 82'Soccerball shade.svg 88'30 NAC Breda De Meer 16,000
1961–62 Sparta Van Miert Soccerball shade.svg 105'10 aet DHC Delft Het Kasteel 12,000
1962–63 Willem II Louer Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Aarts Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Senders Soccerball shade.svg 81'
30 ADO Den Haag Zuiderpark
1963–64 Fortuna'54 00
43 pen
ADO Den Haag Philips Stadion 10,000
1964–65 Feijenoord Bouwmeester Soccerball shade.svg 88'10 Go Ahead De Kuip 31,000
1965–66 Sparta Madsen Soccerball shade.svg 60'10 ADO Den Haag De Kuip
1966–67 Ajax Cruyff Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Nuninga Soccerball shade.svg 99'
21 aet NAC Breda Vesters Soccerball shade.svg 88' De Meer 21,000
1967–68 ADO Den Haag Schoenmaker Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Aarts Soccerball shade.svg 28'
21 Ajax Keizer Soccerball shade.svg 48' Zuiderpark 17,500
1968–69 Feijenoord Wery Soccerball shade.svg 27'11 aet PSV Radović Soccerball shade.svg 71' De Kuip 55,000
Van Hanegem Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Wery Soccerball shade.svg 84'
De Kuip 60,000
1969–70 Ajax Keizer Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Cruijff Soccerball shade.svg 69'
20 PSV De Vliert 30,000
1970–71 Ajax Cruijff Soccerball shade.svg 62'Soccerball shade.svg 81'22 aet Sparta Kowalik Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Visser Soccerball shade.svg 74'
De Kuip 63,154
Mühren Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Johan Neeskens Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Walbeek Soccerball shade.svg 47' De Kuip 60,068
1971–72 Ajax Cruyff Soccerball shade.svg 34'
Mühren Soccerball shade.svg 61' (pen.)
Keizer Soccerball shade.svg 72'
32 FC Den Haag van Eeden Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Mansveld Soccerball shade.svg 85' (pen.)
De Kuip 60,000
1972–73 NAC Breda Bish Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Brouwers Soccerball shade.svg 75'
20 NEC De Kuip 45,801
1973–74 PSV Deijkers Soccerball shade.svg 10'
R. van de Kerkhof Soccerball shade.svg 40'
Edström Soccerball shade.svg 53'
van der Kuijlen Soccerball shade.svg 51'Soccerball shade.svg 58'Soccerball shade.svg 90'
60 NAC Breda De Kuip
1974–75 FC Den Haag Van Leeuwen Soccerball shade.svg 67'10 FC Twente De Kuip
1975–76 PSV Edström Soccerball shade.svg 98'10 aet Roda JC De Kuip
1976–77 Twente Drost Soccerball shade.svg 96'
Mühren Soccerball shade.svg 105'
Jeuring Soccerball shade.svg 110'
30 aet PEC Zwolle De Goffert 26,000
1977–78 AZ Van Rijnsoever Soccerball shade.svg 56'10 Ajax Olympic Stadium 38,248
1978–79 Ajax Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 42' (pen.)11 aet Twente Meutstege Soccerball shade.svg 14' (o.g.) De Kuip 29,553
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Tahamata Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Schoenaker Soccerball shade.svg 66'
1979–80 Feyenoord Petursson Soccerball shade.svg 39' (pen.)
De Leeuw Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Petursson Soccerball shade.svg 75'
31 Ajax Arnesen Soccerball shade.svg 19' De Kuip 50,340
1980–81 AZ Tol Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Spelbos Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Nygaard Soccerball shade.svg 74'
31 Ajax Vanenburg Soccerball shade.svg 53' Olympic Stadium 32,591
1981–82 AZ 01 FC Utrecht Wouters Soccerball shade.svg 5' Galgenwaard 10,000
Oberacher Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Kist Soccerball shade.svg 47'Soccerball shade.svg 57' (pen.)Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Tol Soccerball shade.svg 77'
51Carbo Soccerball shade.svg 27' Alkmaarderhout 12,000
1982–83 Ajax Lerby Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Schoenaker Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Ophof Soccerball shade.svg 86'
31 NEC Mulderij Soccerball shade.svg 56' De Meer 7,700
Vanenburg Soccerball shade.svg 46'Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Cruyff Soccerball shade.svg 69'
31Grim Soccerball shade.svg 60' De Goffert 24,000
1983–84 Feyenoord Houtman Soccerball shade.svg 72'10 Fortuna Sittard De Kuip
1984–85 FC Utrecht Van Loen Soccerball shade.svg 90'10 Helmond Sport Galgenwaard 18,000
1985–86 Ajax Bosman Soccerball shade.svg 46'Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Silooy Soccerball shade.svg 67'
30 RBC De Meer 23,000
1986–87 Ajax Bosman Soccerball shade.svg 11'Soccerball shade.svg 83'
van Basten Soccerball shade.svg 104'Soccerball shade.svg 106'
42 aet FC Den Haag Boere Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Morley Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Zuiderpark 8,600
1987–88 PSV Gerets Soccerball shade.svg 52'Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Lerby Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
32 Roda JC H. Smeets Soccerball shade.svg 22'
R. Smeets Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Willem II Stadion 8,500
1988–89 PSV Romário Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Ellerman Soccerball shade.svg 45'Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Kieft Soccerball shade.svg 79'
41 Groningen Meijer Soccerball shade.svg 78' De Kuip 9,483
1989–90 PSV Valckx Soccerball shade.svg 30' (pen.)10 Vitesse De Kuip 34,000
1990–91 Feyenoord Witschge Soccerball shade.svg 8'10 BVV Den Bosch De Kuip 52,000
1991–92 Feyenoord de Wolf Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Taument Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Kiprich Soccerball shade.svg 53'
30 Roda JC De Kuip 48,000
1992–93 Ajax Davids Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Overmars Soccerball shade.svg 45'Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Pettersson Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Bergkamp Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Petersen Soccerball shade.svg 87'
62 Heerenveen Regtop Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Camataru Soccerball shade.svg 90'
De Kuip 45,000
1993–94 Feyenoord Heus Soccerball shade.svg 7' (pen.)
van Loen Soccerball shade.svg 80'
21 N.E.C. Dekker Soccerball shade.svg 90' De Kuip 43,000
1994–95 Feyenoord Taument Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Obiku Soccerball shade.svg 82'
21 Volendam Wasiman Soccerball shade.svg 47' De Kuip 48,146
1995–96 PSV Cocu Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Vink Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Veldman Soccerball shade.svg 65' (o.g.)
Jonk Soccerball shade.svg 87'
van der Doelen Soccerball shade.svg 90'
52 Sparta Rotterdam van der Meer Soccerball shade.svg 45'
D. de Nooijer Soccerball shade.svg 79' (pen.)
De Kuip 35,000
1996–97 Roda JC Sibon Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Senden Soccerball shade.svg 16'
van der Luer Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Schops Soccerball shade.svg 56'
42 Heerenveen Korneev Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Talan Soccerball shade.svg 83'
De Kuip 48,000
1997–98 Ajax Babangida Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Litmanen Soccerball shade.svg 38'Soccerball shade.svg 61'Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Arveladze Soccerball shade.svg 79'
50 PSV De Kuip 22,500
1998–99 Ajax Grønkjær Soccerball shade.svg 12'Soccerball shade.svg 15'20 Fortuna Sittard De Kuip 25,000
1999–2000 Roda JC Peeters Soccerball shade.svg 19'
van der Luer Soccerball shade.svg 89'
20 NEC De Kuip 40,000
2000–01 Twente 00 aet
43 pen
PSV De Kuip 45,000
2001–02 Ajax Mido Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Wamberto Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Ibrahimović Soccerball shade.svg 93'
32 aet FC Utrecht Gluščević Soccerball shade.svg 56' (pen.)Soccerball shade.svg 76' De Kuip 37,000
2002–03 FC Utrecht de Jong Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Gluščević Soccerball shade.svg 49'Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Kuyt Soccerball shade.svg 81'
41 Feyenoord Kalou Soccerball shade.svg 73' De Kuip 45,000
2003–04 FC Utrecht van den Bergh Soccerball shade.svg 66'10 Twente De Kuip 48,000
2004–05 PSV Bouma Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Cocu Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Park Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Vennegoor of Hesselink Soccerball shade.svg 90'
40 Willem II De Kuip 35,000
2005–06 Ajax Huntelaar Soccerball shade.svg 48'Soccerball shade.svg 89'21 PSV Lamey Soccerball shade.svg 53' De Kuip 30,770
2006–07 Ajax Huntelaar Soccerball shade.svg 51'11 aet
87 pen
AZ Dembélé Soccerball shade.svg 4' De Kuip 42,200
2007–08 Feyenoord Landzaat Soccerball shade.svg 8'
de Guzmán Soccerball shade.svg 36'
20 Roda JC De Kuip 51,177
2008–09 Heerenveen Popov Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Kalou Soccerball shade.svg 112'
22 aet
54 pen
Twente Elia Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Hersi Soccerball shade.svg 118'
De Kuip 45,000
2009–10 Ajax de Jong Soccerball shade.svg 6'Soccerball shade.svg 7'20 Feyenoord Amsterdam Arena 37,283
Suárez Soccerball shade.svg 4'Soccerball shade.svg 82'
de Jong Soccerball shade.svg 64'Soccerball shade.svg 77'
41 Tomasson Soccerball shade.svg 72' De Kuip 35,000
2010–11 Twente Brama Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Janssen Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Janko Soccerball shade.svg 117'
32 aet Ajax De Zeeuw Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Ebecilio Soccerball shade.svg 40'
De Kuip 45,000
2011–12 PSV Toivonen Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Mertens Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Lens Soccerball shade.svg 63'
30 Heracles Almelo De Kuip 50,000
2012–13 AZ Maher Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Altidore Soccerball shade.svg 14'
21 PSV Locadia Soccerball shade.svg 31' De Kuip 50,000
2013–14 PEC Zwolle Thomas Soccerball shade.svg 8'Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Fernandez Soccerball shade.svg 22'Soccerball shade.svg 34'
van Polen Soccerball shade.svg 50'
51 Ajax van Rhijn Soccerball shade.svg 3' De Kuip 42,500
2014–15 FC Groningen Rusnák Soccerball shade.svg 64'Soccerball shade.svg 75'20 PEC Zwolle De Kuip 46,193
2015–16 Feyenoord Kramer Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Elia Soccerball shade.svg 75'
21 FC Utrecht Leeuwin Soccerball shade.svg 51' De Kuip 45,592
2016–17 Vitesse Van Wolfswinkel Soccerball shade.svg 81'Soccerball shade.svg 88'20 AZ Alkmaar De Kuip 46,105
2017–18 Feyenoord Jörgensen Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Van Persie Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Toornstra Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
30 AZ Alkmaar De Kuip 46,084
2018–19 Ajax Blind Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Huntelaar Soccerball shade.svg 39', 67'
Kristensen Soccerball shade.svg 76'
40 Willem II De Kuip 45,709
2019–20 Final between Utrecht and Feyenoord not played due to COVID-19 pandemic De Kuip N/A
2020–21 Ajax Gravenberch Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Neres Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
21 Vitesse Openda Soccerball shade.svg 30' De Kuip 0

Number of titles

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The Trophy
ClubTitlesRunners-upWinning years
Ajax 2061917, 1943, 1961, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2019, 2021
Feyenoord 1341930, 1935, 1965, 1969, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2016, 2018
PSV Eindhoven 981950, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2005, 2012
AZ 43 1978, 1981, 1982, 2013
Quick (H) 41909, 1910, 1911, 1916 [n 1]
FC Twente 34 1977, 2001, 2011
FC Utrecht 33 1985, 2003, 2004
Sparta Rotterdam 321958, 1962, 1966
HFC 31904, 1913, 1915
ADO Den Haag 261968, 1975
HBS Craeyenhout 251901, 1908 [n 2]
Roda JC 24 1997, 2000
Haarlem 231902, 1912
DFC 221914, 1932
VOC Rotterdam221905, 1907
Willem II 221944, 1963
Fortuna'54 21957, 1964
Wageningen 21939, 1948
RCH 21918, 1928
Vitesse 14 2017
PEC Zwolle 13 2014
NAC Breda 13 1973
HVV Den Haag 131903
Heerenveen 12 2009
FC Groningen 11 2015
VSV 111938
VUC Den Haag111927
RAP Amsterdam 111899
VVV 11959
Quick 1888 11949
FC Eindhoven 11937
Velocitas Groningen11934
Velocitas Breda11900


  1. Includes 2 for second team.
  2. Includes 1 for second team.

Media coverage

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