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Participation:

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85 teams participate in the competition:

- all 18 Eredivisie teams;

- all 17 non-Jong Eerste Divisie teams;

- 8 Topklasse teams - the 2 2014/2015 Topklasse group winners and the 6 2014/2015 Topklasse period winners;

- 42 other Topklasse and lower level teams, qualified through the 6 2014/2015 regional amateur cups.



The 18 Eredivisie teams enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.

The 17 Eerste Divisie teams enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.

The 2 2014/2015 Topklasse group winners (Lienden and Kozakken Boys) enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.

The 6 2014/2015 Topklasse period winners enter the competition directly at the 2nd Round.





Knockout stage:

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1st Round:

42 teams are drawn into 21 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



2nd Round:

21 teams from the 1st Round and the 43 teams that enter the competition at this stage are drawn into 32 pairs.

Teams are seeded into 2 pots, as follows:

Pot 1: the 6 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League and 2015/2016 Europa League participants (PSV, Ajax, Groningen, AZ, Vitesse and Go Ahead Eagles);

Pot 2: the other 58 teams.

Teams from Pot 1 are drawn against teams from Pot 2, until all teams from Pot 1 are drawn. The remaining Pot 2 teams are drawn against each other.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

If a Topklasse or lower level team is drawn against a Eredivisie or Eerste Divisie team, then the lower level team is host. Otherwise, hosting is determined by the draw.



3rd Round:

32 teams are drawn into 16 pairs.

Teams are seeded into 2 pots, as follows:

Pot 1: the remaining 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League and 2015/2016 Europa League participants;

Pot 2: the other teams.

Teams from Pot 1 are drawn against teams from Pot 2, until all teams from Pot 1 are drawn. The remaining Pot 2 teams are drawn against each other.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



8th Finals:

16 teams are drawn into 8 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming 2015/2016 KNVB Beker winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The match is played at a neutral venue.



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

winner: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League

* - if the KNVB Beker winner qualifies for the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League, then no team from the KNVB Beker qualifies. The best placed 2015/2016 Eredivisie team, not otherwise qualified for the 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League, earns the spot instead.


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