Copa del Rey

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey,[lower-alpha 1] commonly known as Copa del Rey[lower-alpha 2] or simply La Copa[lower-alpha 3] and formerly known as Copa del Generalísimo (1939–76), is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Copa del Rey
Organising bodyRoyal Spanish Football Federation
Founded1903; 118 years ago (1903)
RegionSpain
Number of teams126
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Supercopa de España
Current championsBarcelona (31st title)
Most successful club(s)Barcelona (31 titles)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
Websiterfef.es
2020–21 Copa del Rey

The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition played at a national level. It is considered one of the most prestigious national cup trophies in the world. Copa del Rey winners qualify for the following season's UEFA Europa League. If they have already qualified for Europe through their league position, then the Europa League spot is given to the highest-place team in the league who has not yet qualified (until 2014 this place was awarded to the Copa runners-up, unless they too had already qualified via the league).

Barcelona is the most successful club in the competition, winning their 31st overall title against Athletic Bilbao in the 2021 final held at the Estadio de La Cartuja. Athletic Bilbao have the second-most titles, with 23, while Real Madrid is third, with 19.