The Supercup usually launches the season. The teams playing for the Supercup are the winners of the Bundesliga championship and of the DFB Cup. In case of a double winner, they play against the Bundesliga runner-up.
DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga e.V. sets the date and place for the Supercup. In case of a draw at the end of normal time of 90 minutes, this is followed by a penalty shoot-out with five players from each team. As the Supercup is a compulsory game, only three substitutions may be made per team, in general. Yellow cards are not registered and therefore do not lead to suspensions.
The match is broadcast live in more than 200 countries, thus reaching viewers around the world alongside the fans in Germany. Since the Supercup was reintroduced in 2010, the DFL presents the winner with a trophy that was created specifically for the occasion.