Regionalliga West/Südwest

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Regionalliga West/Südwest
Map of Germany: Position of the Regionalliga West/Südwest highlighted
Country  Germany
State
Founded 1994
Folded 2000 (6 seasons)
Replaced by
Level on pyramid Level 3
Promotion to 2nd Bundesliga
Relegation to
Last champions 1. FC Saarbrücken
(1999–2000)

The Regionalliga West/Südwest was the third tier of the German football league system in the states of Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz and Nordrhein-Westfalen from 1994 to 2000.

Overview[edit]

The Regionalliga West/Südwest was formed in 1994 to form a regional third level of play between the 2. Bundesliga and the Oberligas Westfalen, Nordrhein and Südwest. The league was made up of 18 clubs, with six each from the three regions it covered. It was formed alongside three other Regionalligas, the Regionalliga Nord, Nordost and Süd.

The founding members were:

From the 2. Bundesliga:

From the Oberliga Westfalen:

From the Oberliga Nordrhein:

From the Oberliga Südwest:

The league varied the number of clubs it contained, 18 in the first season 1995, 19 the next year, 18 again in 1997 and 1998, 17 in 1999 and 20 in its last season.

The league winner was always promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and in two seasons the runners-up also was. The regulation on which of the runners-up of the four Regionalligas went up ment that promotion was allocated in an alternating way. After 1995, it gave the runners-up a chance to gain promotion too via a play-off.

The league only existed for six seasons. In 2000, the numbers of Regionalligas was reduced from four to two which ment that most clubs from Nordrhein-Westfalen, with the exception of the Sportfreunde Siegen, went to the Regionalliga Nord. The clubs from Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland went to the Regionalliga Süd.

In 2008, the number of Regionalligas will be expanded from two to three and there will be a new Regionalliga West which will cover exactly the area the old Regionalliga West/Südwest did, but will then be the fourth tier of German football.

Disbanding of the Regionalliga West/Südwest[edit]

When the league was disconntinued in 2000, the first two clubs in the league went to the 2. Bundesliga, clubs placed third to twelfth moved to the two remaining Regionalligas, seven to the north and three to the south. The other eight league teams were relegated down to the Oberligas.

To the Regionalliga Nord:

To the Regionalliga Süd:

The Sportfreunde Siegen were the oddity in this distribution, being from the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen which had all its clubs in the northern group except the Sportfreunde. The reason for this was the fact that Siegen is in the far south of the state.

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga West/Südwest[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1994–95 Arminia Bielefeld SC Verl
1995–96 FC Gütersloh Rot-Weiß Essen
1996–97 SG Wattenscheid 09 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1997–98 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen Sportfreunde Siegen
1998–99 Alemannia Aachen SV Eintracht Trier 05
1999–2000 1. FC Saarbrücken LR Ahlen

Source:"Regionalliga West/Südwest". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 19 March 2008. 

  • All league winners promoted.
  • In 1996 and 2000, Rot-Weiß Essen and LR Ahlen were also promoted as runners-up.

Placings in the Regionalliga West/Südwest[edit]

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

Club 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Arminia Bielefeld 1 2B B B 2B B
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 8 2 1 2B 2B
Alemannia Aachen 6 6 11 7 1 2B
1. FC Saarbrücken 2B 7 3 4 5 1
LR Ahlen 4 6 6 2
Sportfreunde Siegen 2 3 3
SG Wattenscheid 09 2B 2B 1 2B 2B 4
SV Eintracht Trier 05 7 15 9 5 2 5
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2B B B 2B 2B 6
Rot-Weiß Essen 4 2 2B 17 7
SC Preußen Münster 10 9 5 8 4 8
SC Verl 2 10 7 10 10 9
Borussia Dortmund II 14 10
KFC Uerdingen 05 B B 2B 2B 2B 11
SV Elversberg 18 12 12
TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus/SC Paderborn 07 9 5 10 9 7 13
1. FC Kaiserslautern II 16 11 11 14
VfL Bochum II 15
Bayer 04 Leverkusen II 9 16
FK Pirmasens 17
SC Idar-Oberstein 18
FSV Salmrohr 3 13 14 14 15 19
FC Gütersloh 1 2B 2B 2B 20
Wuppertaler SV 5 4 6 12 8
FC 08 Homburg 2B 3 8 3 13
SpVgg Erkenschwick 11 11 13 15 16
FC Remscheid 15 13 17
Bonner SC 12 19 16
Germania Teveren 12 18
SC Hauenstein 15 14 16
1. FC Bocholt 13 12 17
SG Wattenscheid 09 II 14 17
Borussia Neunkirchen 8 18
Preußen Köln 16
SV Edenkoben 17
VfB Wissen 18

Source:"Regionalliga West/Südwest". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 

Key[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
2B 2. Bundesliga
3L 3. Liga
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league
RL Played in one of the other Regionalligas

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen [An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga] (in German). DSFS. 
  • kicker Almanach [The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937] (in German). kicker Sports Magazine. 
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945–2005 [History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables] (in German). DSFS. 2006. 

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