Qatar Cup history
The Qatar Cup, formerly known as the Heir Apparent Cup, is the traditional end-of-season tournament involving the top-four sides in QNB Stars League. The straight knockout competition features two semifinal matches, with the winners progressing to the final.
The first tournament was held during the 1994-95 season as the Heir Apparent Cup, a mark of respect to the rulers of the State of Qatar. Al Rayyan were crowned winners after they defeated Al Arabi in the final. The competition continued under the same guise until the 2013-14 season.
That year, the tournament was rebranded to the Qatar Cup to represent the great State of Qatar and its people. El Jaish won the inaugural edition by defeating Lekhwiya 4-3 after a penalty shoot-out.
The tournament is managed under the guidance of Qatar Stars League (QSL) and is seen as an important opportunity for QSL clubs to lift silverware.