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The 2015–16 KNVB Cup is the 98th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The winner qualifies for the group stage of the Europa League the following season and the Johan Cruyff Shield, the Dutch Supercup match between the Cup winner and the champions of the Eredivisie.

2015–16 KNVB Cup
Country Netherlands
Runners-upFC Utrecht
Top goal scorer(s)Netherlands Patrick Gerritsen (5 goals)


Teams qualified for the Cup through the following: (reserve teams are excluded)

Competition (tiers and how they qualified) Number of teams Round in which they enter
Eredivisie, Eerste Divisie (1, 2) 35 Second round
Topklasse (3, champions and winners of period titles of the 2014–15 Topklasse) 10
Topklasse (remaining teams of the 2015–16 Topklasse) 16 First round
KNVB District Cups (15 from tier 4, 4 from tier 5, 2 from tier 6 and 3 from tier 7,

the semi-finalists of the 2014–15 KNVB District Cups)



The calendar is as follows:

Round Draw date (location of the draw) Date
First round 1 July 2015

(at the KNVB headquarters in Zeist)

26 August 2015
Second round 22–24 September 2015
Third round 24 September 2015

(at De Kuip, Rotterdam)

27–29 October 2015
Round of 16 29 October 2015

(at the Rabobank IJmond Stadion, Velsen-Zuid)

15–17 December 2015
Quarter-finals 17 December 2015

(at De Kuip, Rotterdam)

2–4 February 2016
Semi-finals 4 February 2016

(at the Philips Stadion, Eindhoven)

2 and 3 March 2016
Final 24 April 2016

Source: Royal Dutch Football Association[1]

First roundEdit

Only amateur teams compete in this round. Matches were played on 26 August 2015. Due to heavy rainfall four matches were abandoned during the game and finished one week later on 2 September 2015

Second roundEdit

Winners from the first round compete against all professional clubs.

Third roundEdit

The 32 winners from the previous round progress to this stage.

Fourth roundEdit

The 16 winners from the previous round progress to this stage.


The 8 winners from the previous round progress to this stage.

Semi FinalEdit

The 4 winners from the previous round progress to this stage.


The 2 winners from the previous round progress to this stage. The winner of the semi-final match between Feyenoord and AZ is marked as the 'home' team in the final, as that was the first match to be drawn at the draw for the semi-finals.

Feyenoord2–1FC Utrecht
Kramer   42'
Bednarek   75' (o.g.)
Leeuwin   51'
Attendance: 45,592


  1. ^ "PROGRAMMA BETAALD VOETBAL SEIZOEN 2015/'16 EREDIVISIE / JUPILER LEAGUE" [Schedule professional football 2015–16 season Eredivisie/Jupiler League] (PDF) (in Dutch). Zeist: Royal Dutch Football Association. 28 June 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 28 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)