3. Liga

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3. Liga
3 Fußball-Liga logo.svg
Country Germany
Confederation UEFA
Founded 25 July 2008 (2008-07-25)
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to 2. Bundesliga
Relegation to
Domestic cup(s) DFB-Pokal
Current champions 1. FC Heidenheim
(2013–14)
Most championships
2014–15 3. Liga

The 3. Liga, 3. Fußball-Liga in German, is the third division of football in Germany. The league started with the beginning of the 2008–09 season, when it replaced the Regionalliga as the third tier football league in Germany. In the German football league system, it is positioned between the 2. Bundesliga and the semi-professional Regionalliga, which became the fourth division and initially consisted of three groups of 18 clubs playing separately.[1] In Germany, the 3. Liga is the highest division that a football club's reserve team can play in.

History[edit]

For more details on this topic, see History of German football.

On 8 September 2006, the German Football Association, the DFB, announced the formation of the 3. Liga. It was originally anticipated that the league's name would be 3. Bundesliga, but the DFB chose 3. Liga instead, reflecting the fact that the league will be directly administered by the DFB, not by the DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga, English:German Football League) who runs the two Bundesligen.[2]

The first match of the 3. Liga was played on 25 July 2008 between FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and Dynamo Dresden at the Steigerwaldstadion in Erfurt. Dynamo Dresden won the match 1–0, with Halil Savran scoring the only goal in the closing stages of the first half.

Apart from the first and second football division the 3. Fußball-Liga is the economically most successful professional league in all German sports.[3]

Set-up[edit]

The teams which are not reserve teams of Bundesliga teams among the 20 teams in the league compete for promotion to the 2. Bundesliga, while the three bottom teams are relegated to one of the five Regionalligen: Regionalliga Nord, Regionalliga Nordost, Regionalliga West, Regionalliga Südwest, and Regionalliga Bayern. If, however, a reserve team is playing in the 3. Liga and the respective first team is relegated to the 3. Liga, the reserve team will be relegated to the Regionalliga regardless of its league position.

Qualifying for the 3. Liga[edit]

Members of the season 2013-14

At the end of the 2007–08 season, the two best non-reserve teams from each of the two divisions of the Regionalliga were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga. The teams ranked third to tenth in both Regionalliga entered the new 3. Liga, joining the four teams relegated from the 2. Bundesliga to form the new 20-team league. Teams finishing 11th or lower in their Regionalliga remained where they were.

On 18 May 2008, at the end of the 2007–08 2. Bundesliga season, four clubs were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga and became charter members of the 3. Liga: Kickers Offenbach, FC Erzgebirge Aue, SC Paderborn 07 and FC Carl Zeiss Jena.

On 31 May 2008, at the end of the 2007–08 Regionalliga seasons, clubs placing third through tenth in the Regionalliga Nord and the Regionalliga Süd also qualified for the new 3. Liga.

From the Regionalliga Nord:

From the Regionalliga Süd:

Promotion/Relegation[edit]

The winner and runner-up in a given season is automatically promoted to the 2. Bundesliga. The third place team enters a home/away playoff against the 16th placed team of the 2. Bundesliga for the right to enter/stay in the 2. Bundesliga. Teams placing in the bottom three are automatically sent to the Regionalliga.

Season Champions Runners-up Promotion Playoff Standings
2008–09 1. FC Union Berlin Fortuna Düsseldorf SC Paderborn 07 Table
2009–10 VfL Osnabrück FC Erzgebirge Aue FC Ingolstadt 04 Table
2010–11 Eintracht Braunschweig F.C. Hansa Rostock Dynamo Dresden Table
2011–12 SV Sandhausen VfR Aalen Jahn Regensburg Table
2012–13 Karlsruher SC Arminia Bielefeld VfL Osnabrück Table
2013–14 1. FC Heidenheim RB Leipzig SV Darmstadt 98 Table
  • Bold denotes team earned promotion.

League statistics[edit]

The top goal scorers and attendance statistics for the league are:

Records[edit]

Highest win 7-0 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 07 1. FC Saarbrücken (11 August 2010)[16]
Most goals in a game 10 Eintracht Braunschweig 55 Fortuna Düsseldorf (10 May 2009)[17]
Most league appearances 209 Nils Pfingsten-Reddig (Rot-Weiss Erfurt, Kickers Offenbach, Kickers Emden)[18]
Most goals scored 69 Anton Fink (SpVgg Unterhaching, Chemnitzer FC, VfR Aalen)[19]

Updated 9 January 2014

Placings in the 3. Liga[edit]

The following clubs have played in the league and achieved the following final positions:

Club 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
SC Paderborn 07 3 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B B
Eintracht Braunschweig 13 4 1 2B 2B B 2B
Karlsruher SC B 2B 2B 2B 1 2B 2B
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 2B 2B 2B B 2B 2B
1. FC Union Berlin 1 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B
FC Ingolstadt 04 3 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B
VfR Aalen 19 16 2 2B 2B 2B
SV Sandhausen 8 14 12 1 2B 2B 2B
Erzgebirge Aue 12 2 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B
1. FC Heidenheim 6 9 4 5 1 2B
RB Leipzig 2 2B
SV Darmstadt 98 4 14 18 3 2B
Arminia Bielefeld B 2B 2B 13 2 2B x
Dynamo Dresden 9 12 3 2B 2B 2B x
Energie Cottbus B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B x
SV Wehen Wiesbaden 2B 15 4 16 7 4 x
VfL Osnabrück 2B 1 2B 7 3 5 x
SC Preußen Münster 12 4 6 x
MSV Duisburg 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 7 x
Stuttgarter Kickers 20 17 8 x
Hallescher FC 10 9 x
Rot-Weiß Erfurt 10 9 5 5 13 10 x
SSV Jahn Regensburg 15 16 8 3 2B 11 x
Chemnitzer FC 9 6 12 x
Hansa Rostock 2B 2B 2 2B 12 13 x
Borussia Dortmund II 18 16 14 x
VfB Stuttgart II 11 10 10 11 14 15 x
Holstein Kiel 19 16 x
SpVgg Unterhaching 4 11 14 15 9 17 x
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach x
1. FSV Mainz 05 II x
SC Fortuna Köln x
SV Elversberg 18
SV Wacker Burghausen 18 17 17 6 8 19
1. FC Saarbrücken 6 10 11 20
Kickers Offenbach 4 7 7 7 8 15
SV Babelsberg 03 13 17 19
Alemannia Aachen 2B 2B 2B 2B 20
FC Carl Zeiss Jena 16 5 15 18
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 19
SV Werder Bremen II 17 13 18 20
TuS Koblenz3 2B 2B 11
FC Bayern Munich II 5 8 19
Rot Weiss Ahlen2 2B 2B 20
Wuppertaler SV 14 20
Kickers Emden1 6

Notes[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
2B 2. Bundesliga
1 League champions
# League place
Blank not in 3. Liga
  • 1 Kickers Emden withdrew from the league after the 2008–09 season, relegated Burghausen received their place. Emden became insolvent in 2012.
  • 2 RW Ahlen did not receive a licence for the 2011–12 season, originally finishing 17th after 2010–11. The club was placed in 20th position and relegated. Previously relegated Burghausen, placed 18th originally, were instead placed in 17th position and were not relegated. Ahlen did not request a license in the Regionalliga and started the new season in the Oberliga.
  • 3 TuS Koblenz withdrew from the league after the 2011–12 season, relegated Bremen II received their place instead.
  • 4 Kickers Offenbach was refused a 3. Liga licence at the end of the 2012–13 season and relegated to the Regionalliga. SV Darmstadt 98 took Offenbach's place.[20]

Play-offs[edit]

At the end of the regular season the third placed team in the 3. Liga play the 16th placed team in the 2. Bundesliga over two matches. The overall winner plays in the 2. Bundesliga in the following season, and the loser in the 3. Liga.

Date 2. Bundesliga 16th 3. Liga 3rd Game 1 Game 2 Aggregate
2008–09[21] VfL Osnabrück SC Paderborn 07 0–1 0–1 0–2
2009–10[22] Hansa Rostock FC Ingolstadt 04 0–1 0–2 0–3
2010–11[23] VfL Osnabrück Dynamo Dresden 1–1 1–3 aet 2–4
2011–12[24] Karlsruher SC Jahn Regensburg 1–1 2–2 3-3 (away goals)
2012–13[25] Dynamo Dresden VfL Osnabrück 0–1 2–0 2–1
2013–14[26] Arminia Bielefeld SV Darmstadt 98 3–1 2–4 aet 5-5 (away goals)
  • Winner in bold.

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