Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar

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Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar
Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar
Country  Germany
State
Confederation Football Association
of the South West
Founded 1978
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga Südwest
Relegation to
Domestic cup(s)
Current champions FK Pirmasens
(2013-14)

The Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar, formerly the Oberliga Südwest, is the highest regional football league for the Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland state of Germany. It is the fifth tier of the German football league system. It is one of fourteen Oberligas in German football, the fifth tier of the German football league system. Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the fourth tier of the league system, until the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 the third tier.

From January 1946 up until the creation of the Fußball-Bundesliga in 1963, the Oberliga Südwest was one of the five highest divisions in Germany. The current league originates from 1978.

History[edit]

The Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar is one of seven Oberliga's in Germany. The league is a combination of the regional Football Federations Rhine County, Saarland and Southwest, the next league up is Regionalliga West. It was formed in 1978 out of the top teams of the Amateurligas Rheinland, Saarland and Südwest. Until 2008, when the 3rd Liga was introduced, the Oberliga was the fourth tier of the league system.

From 2012 onwards, the league became a feeder league to the new Regionalliga Südwest, together with the Hessenliga and the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. The previous league the Oberliga Südwest was set below at, the Regionalliga West, from then on only accommodate clubs from Northrhine-Westphalia.[1]

At the end of the 2011-12 season the league was also renamed from Oberliga Südwest to Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar, with Oddset being the official naem sponsor of the league.[2]

Rules[edit]

There are 18 teams that will compete for the Oberliga Südwest title. Teams play each other twice, once at home and once away. At the end of the season the champion used to be promoted into either the Regionalliga Süd or the Regionalliga Nord depending on their geographical location. From 2008, the league winner will be promoted to the new Regionalliga West. In the 2006-07 season, the teams finishing from 2nd to 4th were also be promoted.

If the team who wins the Oberliga Südwest or is on a promotion spot at the end of the season fails to have the correct license then the team who finishes next would be promoted instead of them.

Teams promoted to the new Regionalliga in 2008:

Promotion[edit]

The winner of the Oberliga Südwest was originally directly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. After introduction of the unified 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, the champion had to take part in a promotion play-off. With the introduction of the Regionalliga in 1994 the league winners were again directly promoted. However, this league was demoted to fourth tier of German football until 2008.

Relegation[edit]

The bottom three clubs of the Oberliga will be relegated to the Verbandsliga of their Football Association (Verband). These are:

In turn, the Verbandsliga champions will gain entry to the Oberliga.

Previous winners[edit]

Source: "Oberliga SW". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 

League placings[edit]

The complete list of clubs and placings in the league while operating as the tier five Oberliga Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar and feeding the Regionalliga Südwest (2012–Present):

Club 13 14 15 16
SVN Zweibrücken 1 R R
FK Pirmasens 8 1 R
FSV Salmrohr 2 2 x
SC Hauenstein 3 3 x
Arminia Ludwigshafen 6 4 x
SV Elversberg II 15 5 x
SC Idar-Oberstein R 6 x
TSG Pfeddersheim 11 7 x
FC Hertha Wiesbach 8 x
SV Gonsenheim 14 9 x
SpVgg Burgbrohl 10 x
1. FC Saarbrücken II 4 11 x
SG Betzdorf 9 12 x
TuS Mechtersheim 7 13 x
SV Röchling Völklingen 10 14 x
Borussia Neunkirchen 5 15 x
SpVgg EGC Wirges 16 x
SV Saar 05 Saarbrücken x
FV Diefflen x
TSV Schott Mainz x
SV Mehring 13 16
SV Alemannia Waldalgesheim 17
SV Roßbach/Verscheid 12 18
SC Halberg-Brebach 17
Sportfreunde Köllerbach 18

Key[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga (1963–present)
2B 2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
3L 3. Liga (2008–present)
R Regionalliga West/Südwest (1994–2000)
Regionalliga Süd (2000–2008)
Regionalliga West (2008–2012)
Regionalliga Südwest (2012–present)
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

References[edit]

  1. ^ DFB-Bundestag beschließt Reform der Spielklassen (German) DFB website, published: 22 October 2010, accessed: 16 July 2011
  2. ^ FRV Südwest gratuliert dem Oberliga-Meister (German) fussball.de, published: 30 May 2012, accessed: 4 July 2012

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (German) History of Southern German football in tables, publisher & author: Ludolf Hyll
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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