2013–14 3. Liga
|Goals scored||481 (2.63 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Dominik Stroh-Engel
The league consists of twenty teams: The teams placed fourth through seventeenth of the 2012–13 season, the worst two teams from the 2012–13 2nd Bundesliga, the three promoted teams the 2012–13 Fußball-Regionalliga and the losers of the relegation play-off between the 16th-placed 2nd Bundesliga team and the third-placed 3rd Liga team.
At the end of the 2012–13 season, Karlsruher SC and Arminia Bielefeld were directly promoted to the 2013–14 2nd Bundesliga. Karlsruhe made an immediate return to the 2nd Bundesliga after being relegated in 2011–12. Bielefeld returned to the 2nd Bundesliga after two seasons in the third tier. The two promoted teams were to be replaced by Jahn Regensburg and SV Sandhausen, who finished in the bottom two places of the 2012–13 2nd Bundesliga table and thus were to be directly relegated. Both Regensburg and Sandhausen were to be relegated after cameo appearances in the 2nd Bundesliga. However, MSV Duisburg were denied a licence for the 2nd Bundesliga (though not the licence for the 3rd Liga) and were relegated. Sandhausen were given the free place in the 2nd Bundesliga.
At the other end of the table, Alemannia Aachen, SV Babelsberg 03 and SV Darmstadt 98 were to be relegated to the 2013–14 Regionalliga; Aachen entered the Regionalliga West. Babelsberg would be going to the Regionalliga North-East and Darmstadt would be going to the Regionalliga South-West. However, Kickers Offenbach were denied a licence for the 3rd Liga and Darmstadt were given the free place in the 3rd Liga. Offenbach will enter the Regionalliga South-West.
The three relegated teams were replaced by the three winners of the 2012–13 Regionalliga promotion playoffs. RB Leipzig from the North-Eastern division and SV Elversberg from the South-Western Division are playing their debut seasons in the 3rd Liga, while Holstein Kiel from the Northern division returned to the national level of football after three seasons in the forth tier Regionalliga.
A further place in the league was available via a two-legged play-off between third-placed 2012–13 3rd Liga team VfL Osnabrück and 16th-placed 2012–13 2. Bundesliga sides Dynamo Dresden. The tie ended 2–1 on aggregate and saw Dresden remain in the 2nd Bundesliga.
Stadiums and locations
Personnel and sponsorships
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Rot-Weiß Erfurt||Alois Schwartz||Resigned||13 May 2013||Pre-season||Walter Kogler||20 June 2013|
|SSV Jahn Regensburg||Franciszek Smuda||Resigned||14 May 2013||Thomas Stratos||11 June 2013|
|Holstein Kiel||Thorsten Gutzeit||Resigned||4 June 2013||Karsten Neitzel||18 June 2013|
|VfL Osnabrück||Alexander Ukrow||End of tenure as caretaker||22 June 2013||Maik Walpurgis||23 June 2013|
|Hansa Rostock||Marc Fascher||End of contract||30 June 2013||Andreas Bergmann||1 July 2013|
|MSV Duisburg||Kosta Runjaić||Resigned||1 July 2013||Karsten Baumann||8 July 2013|
|SV Elversberg||Jens Kiefer||Resigned||22 August 2013||19th||Dietmar Hirsch||2 September 2013|
|Preußen Münster||Pavel Dochev||Sacked||5 September 2013||16th||Ralf Loose||15 September 2013|
|1. FC Saarbrücken||Jürgen Luginger||Sacked||5 September 2013||18th||Milan Šašić||13 September 2013|
|Wacker Burghausen||Georgi Donkov||Sacked||5 September 2013||20th||Uwe Wolf||13 September 2013|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Massimo Morales||Sacked||9 September 2013||18th||Horst Steffen||30 September 2013|
|Chemnitzer FC||Gerd Schädlich||Resigned||6 October 2013||15th||Karsten Heine||9 October 2013|
|SV Wehen Wiesbaden||Peter Vollmann||Mutual consent||21 October 2013||7th||Marc Kienle||28 October 2013|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||1. FC Heidenheim||19||14||3||2||33||11||+22||45||Promotion to the 2. Bundesliga|
|3||Hansa Rostock||19||9||4||6||24||26||−2||31||Qualification to the promotion play-offs|
|5||SV Wehen Wiesbaden||19||7||7||5||25||24||+1||28|
|7||SV Darmstadt 98||18||7||5||6||27||18||+9||26|
|9||VfB Stuttgart II||19||7||5||7||25||26||−1||26|
|15||Borussia Dortmund II||18||6||4||8||21||29||−8||22|
|18||Stuttgarter Kickers||18||5||4||9||21||24||−3||19||Relegation to the Regionalliga|
|19||1. FC Saarbrücken||18||3||7||8||22||32||−10||16|
Updated to games played on 6 Decmeber 2013.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||CHE||DAR||DO2||DUI||FCE||HFC||ROS||HEI||HKI||JRE||OSN||MÜN||RBL||RWE||SBR||ST2||SKI||UHA||BUR||WEH|
|SV Darmstadt 98||1–1||0–0||6–0||1–0||0–2||4–0||0–1||1–0||2–2|
|Borussia Dortmund II||1–1||4–0||1–1||1–2||0–3||1–1||1–0||4–2||3–1|
|1. FC Heidenheim||4–0||1–0||2–0||2–2||2–0||2–1||0–2||2–0||0–0|
|1. FC Saarbrücken||0–1||2–0||2–3||0–0||2–2||2–3||3–2||1–2|
|VfB Stuttgart II||1–1||1–1||1–1||1–2||0–3||1–1||2–1||2–1||2–0||4–0|
|SV Wehen Wiesbaden||1–1||2–0||1–3||1–1||1–1||1–1||2–1||1–1||4–0||0–2|
As of 1 December 2013.
The following players were named as player of the month throughout the season.
- August: Kingsley Onuegbu (MSV Duisburg)
- September: Michael Ratajczak (MSV Duisburg)
- October: Odisseas Vlachodimos (VfB Stuttgart II)
- "DFB-Entscheidung: MSV Duisburg erhält Drittliga-Lizenz" [DFB decision: MSV Duisburg receives 3rd Liga licence] (in German). Spiegel Online. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- Smentek, Klaus; et al (8 August 2012). "kicker Bundesliga Sonderheft 2012/13". kicker Sportmagazin (in German) (Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag). ISSN 0948-7964.
- "Trotz Klassenerhalt: Schwartz verlässt RWE" [Despite survival: Schwartz leaves RWE] (in German). Kicker. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Österreicher Kogler übernimmt in Erfurt" [Austrian Kogler takes over Erfurt] (in German). Kicker. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Folgt Loose auf Smuda?" [Will Loose replace Smuda?] (in German). Kicker. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Stratos ist neuer Trainer beim Jahn" [Stratos is new manager at Jahn] (in German). Kicker. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Gutzeit hört bei den Störchen überraschend auf" [Gutzeit surprisingly resigns at "the Storks"] (in German). Kicker. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Neitzel übernimmt die Störche" [Neitzel takes over "the Storks"] (in German). Kicker. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Walpurgis tritt Dienst beim VfL an" [Walpurgis takes on service at VfL] (in German). Kicker. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Wer kommt nach Fascher? Bergmann im Gespräch" [Who will replace Fascher? Talks about Bergmann] (in German). Kicker. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Neuer "1A-Kandidat" Bergmann übernimmt Hansa" ["#1 Candidate" Bergmann takes over at Hansa] (in German). Kicker. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Coach Kosta sagt Tschüss: Der Verein ist mir ans Herz gewachsen!" [Coach Kosta says Good Bye: I have become fond of the club!] (in German). MSV Duisburg. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "Karsten Baumann neuer Trainer – Grille verlängert bis 2016" [Karsten Baumann new coach – Grille signs new deal until 2016] (in German). MSV Duisburg. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Doppelbelastung zwingt Kiefer zum Rücktritt" [Double load forces Kiefer to resign] (in German). Kicker. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Hirsch übernimmt die SVE" [Hirsch takes over SVE] (in German). Kicker. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Dotchev muss seinen Hut nehmen" [Dochev must take his hat] (in German). Kicker. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Auch die Preußen-Bank ist besetzt: Loose kommt" [Even the Preußen-bench is now filled out: Loose arrives] (in German). Kicker. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Lugingers Zeit beim FCS ist beendet" [Luginger's time with FCS is over] (in German). Kicker. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Sasic soll Saarbrückens Fehlstart korrigieren" [Sasic shall correct Saarbrücken's bad opening] (in German). Kicker. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Donkovs Stuhl wird frei" [Donkov's seat becomes empty] (in German). Kicker. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Wolf übernimmt bei Wacker Burghausen" [Wolf takes over at Wacker Burghausen] (in German). Kicker. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Kickers trennen sich von Morales" [Kickers sack Morales] (in German). Kicker. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Zeyer verpflichtet Horst Steffen als Trainer" [Zeyer signs Horst Steffen as manager] (in German). Kicker. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "Schädlich zieht die Konsequenzen: Rücktritt!" [Schädlich draws the consequences: Resignation!] (in German). Kicker. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- "Heine übernimmt beim CFC" [Heine takes over at CFC] (in German). Kicker. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- "Wehen und Vollmann gehen getrennte Wege" [Wehen and Vollmann go their separate ways] (in German). Kicker. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- "Kienle wird neuer Coach bei Wehen" [Kienle will be new coach of Wehen] (in German). Kicker. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- "Spieler des Monats". Deutscher Fußball Bund. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- 3rd Liga on DFB page (German) (English)