|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||Level 5|
|Promotion to||Regionalliga Nordost|
|Current champions||FSV Budissa Bautzen
The NOFV-Oberliga Süd is the fifth tier of the German football league system in the southern states of former East Germany. It covers the German states of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. It is one of fourteen Oberligas in German football. 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 abbreviation NOFV stands for Nordostdeutscher Fußballverband, meaning North East German Football Association.
The league was formed from clubs from six different leagues: One club from the Oberliga Nordost, the former DDR-Oberliga, fourteen clubs from the NOFV-Liga A and B, the former East German second division, and one each from the three Verbandsligas, the new state leagues. The league accommodated therefore a wide mix of clubs from the east and west of Germany. Unlike the two other NOFV-Oberligas, it contained no clubs from Berlin, due to geographical reasons, and therefore was the only one of the three to have no West German clubs in it.
The league became one of the then ten Oberligen in the united Germany, the third tier of league football. Its champion was however not directly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga but had to take part in a promotion play-off. In 1994 the league champion was successful in this competition, in 1992 and 1993 they failed.
For the duration of the league and onwards, the leagues below it are:
- Landesliga Sachsen
- Landesliga Thüringen
- Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, except clubs from the very north of the state
- Brandenburgliga, only clubs from the very south of the state
In 1994, the German football league system saw some major changes. The four Regionalligen were introduced as an intermediate level between 2nd Bundesliga and Oberligen, relegating the Oberligen to the fourth tier. In the east of Germany, the Regionalliga Nordost was formed, a league covering the area of former East Germany and West-Berlin. Four clubs from the NOFV-Oberliga Süd were admitted to the new league:
The NOFV-Oberliga Mitte was disbanded and its clubs spread between the two remaining Oberligen in the east. Four clubs from the former league were added to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd.
From 1995 to 1999, the champions of the league were directly promoted to the Regionalliga Nordost.
With the reduction of the number of Regionalligen to two, the league came under the Regionalliga Nord. Six clubs were relegated that season from the now disbanded Regionalliga Nordost to the Oberliga. The regulations about promotion kept on changing and until 2006, the league champion had to play-off with the champion of the northern league for one promotion spot. Only in 2004 did the southern champion failed to win the play-off. From the 2006 season onwards, direct promotion was awarded again.
The league changes in 2008, with the introduction of the 3rd Liga, meant the Oberligen were now the fifth tier of league football in Germany. The top three teams of the league in 2007–08 gained entry to the Regionalliga, the fourth placed team had to play-off against the fourth placed team from the north for one more spot, these teams being:
Otherwise, the setup of the league did not change and its champion was directly promoted from the 2008-09 season onwards.
Another league reform, decided upon in 2010, will saw the reestablishment of the Regionalliga Nordost from 2012 onwards, with the two NOFV-Oberligas feeding into this league again. Three teams from the league achieved direct promotion to the new league, these being VfB Auerbach, Lokomotive Leipzig and FSV Zwickau.
Founding members of the league
The founding members of the league in 1991 were:
From the Oberliga Nordost:
From the NOFV-Liga Staffel A:
From the Verbandsliga Sachsen:
From the Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt:
From the Verbandsliga Thüringen:
From the NOFV-Liga Staffel B:
- 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
- Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006
- Weltfussball.de Round-by-round results and tables of the NOFV-Oberliga Süd from 1994 onwards (German)
- NOFV-Oberliga Süd at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Nordostdeutscher Fußballverband (NOFV) (German)