The competition is for IFA Premiership and IFA Championship clubs, and uses a knock-out system. Eighteen Championship teams enter in the first round, with the remaining eleven given a bye to the second round, where they are joined by the twelve Premiership clubs and the nine winners from the first round. From there on, the competition has a third round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
Each round consists of a single match. In the event that the scores are level, extra time is played, and if the teams are still level, there is a penalty shoot-out. The semi-finals are played at neutral venues. The final, generally, is played at Windsor Park.
The final has been broadcast live on television since the 2005–06 season.
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