The Swiss Football Cup was founded in 1925, bringing together professional and amateur teams from all over the country. All teams in the Super League and the Challenge League are automatically qualified to take part in this competition, 20 clubs in total. The Swiss Cup is a knockout competition.
Professional teams of the 1st Division and 2nd Division come into play at the same time in the final 32 but cannot play against each other. The winner of the Swiss Cup qualifies to play in the Europa League.
Swiss Championship 2nd division – Challenge League
The Swiss league is called D2 Challenge League. This Division is made up of the 10 best teams in the category. Most players in the Swiss championship are professionals. As in the Super League (D1 Switzerland), every team plays each other twice at home and twice away during the season. Each club thus plays a total of 36 Swiss league matches. The last club is relegated to the third division (1st Promotion league) while the winning team is automatically promoted to the Super League (Division 1).
Swiss Championship 1st division – Super League
The Swiss championship D1, the Super League, is the highest division of the country. The Swiss championship also features 10 teams. Each club will participate in a total of 36 matches. Each team will play the other teams twice at home and twice away, in the Swiss league division 1. The first two teams qualify for the preliminary round of the Champions League and the following two for the Europa League.