NOFV-Oberliga

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NOFV-Oberliga
Founded
1990
Nation
 Germany
Map of Germany:Position of the Regionalliga Nordost highlighted
States
Flag of Berlin Berlin
Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg
Flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Flag of Sachsen-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt
Flag of Sachsen Saxony
Flag of Thüringen Thuringia
Promotion To
2. Bundesliga 1991–1994
Regionalliga Nordost 1994–2000
Regionalliga Nord 2000–
Relegation To
Berlin-Liga
Brandenburg-Liga
Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt
Thüringenliga
Sachsenliga
Level on Pyramid
Level 5
Current Champions 2010–11
North:
Torgelower SV Greif
South:
VfB Germania Halberstadt

The NOFV-Oberliga is a division at step 5 of the German football league system. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it became the successor of the DDR-Oberliga, and functions today as a 5th division in the former territory of East Germany and the city of Berlin.

This league is named after the Nordostdeutscher Fußballverband (NOFV; North-East German Football Association), the regional association of the DFB in the former East German territories.

The league is currently split in two groups, north and south, the NOFV-Oberliga Nord and NOFV-Oberliga Süd. A third league, the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte existed from 1991 to 1994.

Season 1990–91[edit]

The NOFV-Oberliga developed after the entry of the Deutscher Fußball-Verband (the East German Football Association) to the Deutscher Fußball-Bund. It was the successor of the DDR-Oberliga and functioned as the elite division in the former East Germany for this season only.

FC Hansa Rostock became champions of that league, with Dynamo Dresden being the runners-up. Thereby both acquired the starting rights for the 1991–92 Fußball-Bundesliga season.

The following teams qualified directly for the 2. Bundesliga:

These two teams qualified indirectly through a playoff round:

All remaining clubs continued to play in the NOFV-Oberliga. This became the third-highest division starting with the 1991–92 season.

1991–1994[edit]

During these three seasons the NOFV-Oberliga was the third-highest league in German football. At this time it consisted of three divisions: North, Central and South. Overall there were 10 Oberligen in Germany at the time. At the end of the season, the Oberliga champions had a play-off for promotion to the 2. Bundesliga. The bottom two teams of each division were relegated to the Landesligen.

Division champions and promotion to 2. Bundesliga:

1994–2007[edit]

With the introduction of the Regionalliga the NOFV-Oberliga became the 4th level of the pyramid starting with the 1994–95 season. The number of divisions was reduced by one so that only North and South remained. Today it is the highest amateur division. The champions of both divisions were promoted directly to Regionalliga until Regionalliga was reduced from 4 to 2 divisions from the 1999–2000 season. Due to that change, there was no promotion from Oberliga in the 1998–99, but more teams were relegated to Oberliga than usual.

Starting with the 1999–2000 season promotion was decided by a two-leg playoff between the division champions. This rule was scrapped for the 2005–06 season, so that both division champions will be promoted to Regionalliga at the end of this season.

The bottom three teams of each division are relegated to the 5th level of the pyramid, but this number can increase depending on which teams are relegated from Regionalliga.

The NOFV-Oberliga is played in two divisions:

Promotions to the Regionalliga since 1994–95:

League reform in 2008[edit]

At the end of the 2007–08 season, the NOFV-Oberligen were demoted one tier due to the inception of the new 3rd Liga. The best three teams from each of the two leagues were promoted to the Regionalliga this season, the two fourth-placed teams played off for one more promotion spot:[1]

Additionally to the six Verbandsliga champions, three runners-up from this leagues were also promoted to the Oberliga. To determined the three teams, three promotion play-off match-ups were drawn:

  • Winners in bold

Current NOFV-Oberliga teams[edit]

The following clubs will compete in the two divisions:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NOFV-NEWS (in German) accessed: 23 June 2008
  2. ^ Lok Leipzig home page: Rückspiel Aufstiegs-Relegation zur Oberliga Saison 2007/2008 (in German) statistics to the second play-off game, accessed: 23 June 2008
  3. ^ SV Lichtenberg 47 home page - Herren: Nicht verloren, dennoch nicht aufgestiegen (in German) accessed: 23 June 2008

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