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Country  Germany
State  Hesse
Confederation Hessian Football Association
Founded 1945
Number of teams 17
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga Südwest
Relegation to
Domestic cup(s) Hessenpokal
Current champions TGM SV Jügesheim

The Hessenliga (until 2008 Oberliga Hessen) is the highest football league in the state of Hesse and the Hessian 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.


The league was formed in 1945 and except for its first two seasons it has always played as one single division. The league was called Landesliga-Hessen until 1950 and actually formed the second tier of southern German football. With the introduction of the 2nd Oberliga Süd in 1950, the Landesliga-Hessen was renamed Amateurliga Hessen. From 1978, it was called Amateur Oberliga Hessen and finally, in 1994 it was renamed Oberliga Hessen.

Since introduction of the Regionalliga Süd in 1994, the winner of the Oberliga Hessen is automatically promoted to this league, till 1994 the winners of the Oberligas had to play-off for the four promotion spots to the 2. Bundesliga with the other Oberliga winners.

In 1994, with the introduction of the Regionalliga, six clubs from Hessen were qualified for the new league, based on their performance over the last three seasons, these clubs being:

Originally, FSV Frankfurt, champions of 1994, would have also been qualified but gained promotion to the 2. Bundesliga instead.

The Oberliga Hessen still remained below the Regionalliga Süd after the reduction of the number of Regionalligas from four to two in 2000 but this reduction meant that the Oberliga champions in that year were not promoted.

With the changes in the league system in 2008, four clubs from the Hessenliga were promoted to Regionalliga Süd after the 2007–08 season, nominally the top four teams, however, there was also financial requirements to receive a Regionalliga license. The four clubs were:

The Hessenliga is fed by the three Verbandsligen. The winners of those are directly promoted to the Hessenliga, the three runners-up play-off with the 15th club from the Hessenliga for one more promotion spot.

The Hessenliga also, at times, accommodated teams from Bavaria, Viktoria Aschaffenburg and FC Bayern Alzenau. In the 2011–12 season, Viktoria will play in the league while Alzenau plays one level above in the Regionalliga.

From 2012 onwards, the league became a feeder league to the new Regionalliga Südwest, together with the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and the Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar. The previous league the Hessenliga was set below at, the Regionalliga Süd, was disbanded after the 2011–12 season.[1]

Champions of the Hessenliga[edit]

The league champions since 1945:

  • The record number of league championships is held by FSV Frankfurt, with eight titles to their name (including one won by their reserve team, FSV Frankfurt II).
  • In 2014 champions TGM SV Jügesheim declined promotion and no other team applied for a Regionalliga licence and finished high enough in the league to qualify.

League placings[edit]

The complete list of clubs and placings in the league since being renamed to Hessenliga in 2008:

Club 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
KSV Baunatal 5 3 3 2 1 R R
OSC Vellmar 9 15 6 7 11 2 x
1. FC Eschborn 6 8 4 1 R 3 x
TSV Lehnerz 4 x
SpVgg Hadamar 13 4 6 x
SV Wehen II R R R 6 5 7 x
Sportfreunde Seligenstadt 8 x
SV Wiesbaden 9 x
Eintracht Stadtallendorf 8 4 8 15 9 11 x
FSC Lohfelden 19 9 6 12 x
Rot-Weiß Darmstadt 11 8 12 13 x
FC Bayern Alzenau 2 R 1 R R 14 x
SV Buchonia Flieden 16 13 11 3 15 x
Viktoria Griesheim 10 16 x
FC Ederbergland 17 x
1. FC Schwalmstadt 14 17 x
SpVgg Oberrad x
TSV Steinbach x
Viktoria Aschaffenburg R 10 R R R
TGM SV Jügesheim 10 2 1
FSV Frankfurt II 1 R R R 5
FSV Fernwald 12 13 9 3 7 10
Kickers Offenbach II 4 5 5 12 13 18
Hünfelder SV 10 9 16 8 19
SC Waldgirmes 1 2 2 14 14
Viktoria Urberach 3 11 7 5 15
FSV Braunfels 16
FC Eddersheim 17
1. FCA Darmstadt 12 16 18
Rot-Weiß Frankfurt 11 7 14 17
Eintracht Wetzlar 10 18
RSV Würges 14 6 15
VfB Marburg 12 18
KSV Klein-Karben 7 16
Germania Ober-Roden 15 17
TSG Wörsdorf 13 18
SVA Bad Hersfeld 19
Borussia Fulda 17
KSV Hessen Kassel II 18


Symbol Key
Oberliga Süd (1945–63)
Bundesliga (1963–present)
2nd Oberliga Süd (1950–63)
Regionalliga Süd (1963–74)
2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
3L 3. Liga (2008–present)
R Regionalliga Süd (1994–2012)
Regionalliga Südwest (2012–present)
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league


  1. ^ DFB-Bundestag beschließt Reform der Spielklassen (German) DFB website, published: 22 October 2010, accessed: 16 July 2011


  • 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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