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Regional Soccer Assoiciations in Germany
Country  Germany
Leagues 47
Levels on pyramid Level 6, 7 and 8

The Fußball-Landesliga (English: Football State League) is a tier of football in some of the states of Germany.

In Bavaria, Sachsen, Thuringia, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Hamburg the Landesligas are set right below the Fußball-Oberliga and therefore are the sixth tier. The reason for this is that Bavaria, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Bremen are the only places in Germany where the Oberliga, the State and the Verband are geographically the same, while the other two states simply chose to call their leagues Landesligas when establishing them in 1990. In the Middle Rhine and Lower Rhine regions of North Rhine-Westphalia it is also, since 2012, the sixth tier. In Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate (south-western part only), North Rhine-Westphalia (Westphalia), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin it is the seventh tier, below the Verbandsliga. In the Saarland, the Landesligas are set as the eighth tier.[1][2][3]

Typically, in each Bundesland, the Landesligen are split up into different Staffeln or "divisions". In Bavaria, the Landesliga is split up into three divisions, South, Central and North. In Sachsen, Bremen and Thüringen the Landesliga is in a single division format. In Hamburg, it consists of two divisions.[2]

Schleswig-Holstein and Hesse are the only two German states not to have Landesligen. The Rheinland region of Rhineland-Palatinate also operates without such a league.[2]

In Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia the league below the Landesligas is the Landesklasse (English: State Class).[2]


The Landesligas: Tier six (red) seven (yellow) and eight (blue) leagues. White denotes areas without Landesligas.

Tier-VI Landesligas[edit]

Of the 47 Landesligas in Germany 19 are set at tier six of the German football league system, these being:[2]

League State Region Promotion to Relegation to
Landesliga Sachsen Saxony Saxony NOFV-Oberliga Süd Bezirksliga Chemnitz
Bezirksliga Leipzig
Bezirksliga Dresden
Landesliga Thüringen Thuringia Thuringia NOFV-Oberliga Süd Landesklasse Ost
Landesklasse West
Landesliga Bayern-Südwest Bavaria Southwest Bayernliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Bayern-Südost Bavaria Southeast Bayernliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Bayern-Mitte Bavaria Central Bayernliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest Bavaria Northwest Bayernliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Bayern-Nordost Bavaria Northeast Bayernliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Bremen Bremen Bremen Oberliga Bremen Bezirksliga Bremen
Bezirksliga Bremerhaven
Landesliga Hamburg-Hammonia Hamburg Hamburg Oberliga Hamburg Bezirksliga Nord
Bezirksliga Ost
Bezirksliga Süd
Bezirksliga West
Landesliga Hamburg-Hansa Hamburg Hamburg Oberliga Hamburg Bezirksliga Nord
Bezirksliga Ost
Bezirksliga Süd
Bezirksliga West
Landesliga Niederrhein 1
Landesliga Niederrhein 2
Landesliga Niederrhein 3
North Rhine-Westphalia Lower Rhine Niederrheinliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Mittelrhein 1
Landesliga Mittelrhein 2
North Rhine-Westphalia Middle Rhine Mittelrheinliga Bezirksliga
Landesliga Braunschweig Lower Saxony Braunschweig Niedersachsenliga Bezirksliga Braunschweig 1
Bezirksliga Braunschweig 2
Bezirksliga Braunschweig 3
Bezirksliga Braunschweig 4
Landesliga Hannover Lower Saxony Hannover Niedersachsenliga Bezirksliga Hannover 1
Bezirksliga Hannover 2
Bezirksliga Hannover 3
Bezirksliga Hannover 4
Landesliga Lüneburg Lower Saxony Lüneburg Niedersachsenliga Bezirksliga Lüneburg 1
Bezirksliga Lüneburg 2
Bezirksliga Lüneburg 3
Bezirksliga Lüneburg 4
Landesliga Weser-Ems Lower Saxony Weser-Ems Niedersachsenliga Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 1
Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 2
Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 3
Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 4
Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 5
  • The Landesligen of Thuringia and Saxony are unique in their naming as every other league in Germany of this standing carries the name Verbandsliga. This was done so simply by choice of the local football associations in Saxony and Thuringia and the name could be changed to Verbandsliga if they wish to do so. Bavaria does not have this option however, since its Landesligas are not the highest leagues in the Verband. This position is held by the Oberligas in this state.

Tier VII-Landesligas[edit]

Apart from the above mentioned states, Landesligen also exist in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate (in the south-west part only), North Rhine-Westphalia (Westphalia), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Berlin and (as Landesklasse) Thuringia as tier seven leagues, below the Verbandsligas:[2]

Leagues State Region Promotion to Relegation to
Landesliga Württemberg 1
Landesliga Württemberg 2
Landesliga Württemberg 3
Landesliga Württemberg 4
Baden-Württemberg Württemberg Verbandsliga Württemberg Bezirksliga
Landesliga Mittelbaden
Landesliga Odenwald
Landesliga Rhein/Neckar
Baden-Württemberg Baden (North) Verbandsliga Baden Kreisliga
Landesliga Südbaden 1
Landesliga Südbaden 2
Landesliga Südbaden 3
Baden-Württemberg Baden (South) Verbandsliga Südbaden Bezirksliga
Landesliga Südwest Ost
Landesliga Südwest West
Rhineland-Palatinate Southwest Verbandsliga Südwest Bezirksliga
Landesliga Westfalen 1
Landesliga Westfalen 2
Landesliga Westfalen 3
Landesliga Westfalen 4
North Rhine-Westphalia Westphalia Verbandsliga Westfalen 1
Verbandsliga Westfalen 2
Landesliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ost
Landesliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-West
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Landesklasse
Landesliga Brandenburg-Nord
Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd
Brandenburg Brandenburg Verbandsliga Brandenburg Landesklasse
Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt-Nord
Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt-Süd
Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt Landesklasse
Landesliga Berlin 1
Landesliga Berlin 2
Berlin Berlin Berlin-Liga Bezirksliga
Landesklasse Thüringen 1
Landesklasse Thüringen 2
Landesklasse Thüringen 3
Thuringia Thuringia Thüringenliga Kreisoberliga

Tier VIII-Landesligas[edit]

Uniquely, the Saarland has the Landesligas as the eighth tier of its league system; the equivalent tier in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony-Anhalt are Landesklasses:[2]

Leagues State Region Promotion to Relegation to
Landesliga Nord
Landesliga Ost
Landesliga Süd
Landesliga West
Saarland Saarland Verbandsliga Saarland Nordost
Verbandsliga Saarland Südwest
Landesklasse Nord
Landesklasse Ost
Landesklasse Süd
Landesklasse West
Brandenburg Brandenburg Landesliga Kreisliga
Landesklasse 1
Landesklasse 2
Landesklasse 3
Landesklasse 4
Landesklasse 5
Landesklasse 6
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Landesliga Kreisoberliga
Landesklasse 1
Landesklasse 2
Landesklasse 3
Landesklasse 4
Landesklasse 5
Landesklasse 6
Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt Landesliga Kreisoberliga

Clubs in the tier-six Landesligas[edit]


  1. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  2. ^ a b c d e f g - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  3. ^ Amateurligen (German) The German amateur leagues at

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