|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||Level 5|
|Promotion to||Regionalliga West|
|Last champions||Viktoria Köln
The NRW-Liga, or Nordrhein-Westfalen-Liga, was the highest football League in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was one of the eleven Oberliga groups in German football, the fifth tier of the German football league system.
With the reorganisation of the German league system in 2012, the NRW-Liga was disbanded once more as the Regionalliga West above it would then only contain clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia. The league was be replaced by the three regional leagues, the Mittelrheinliga, Niederrheinliga and Oberliga Westfalen at this level.
The NRW-Liga was established in 2008 as a feeder league to the also new Regionalliga West. The new Oberliga is actually a merger of the Oberliga Nordrhein and the Oberliga Westfalen, giving the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen its first statewide league since the "old" Regionalliga West was disbanded in 1974. Due to the introduction of the 3. Liga in the same year, unlike the two old Oberliga groups who were set at tier four of the league system, the new league will be fifth tier.
The league will retain the four Verbandsliga groups of the two predecessor Oberliga groups as its feeder leagues, with the champion of each of those gaining direct promotion to the NRW-Liga. In turn, the top two teams of the NRW-Liga will gain promotion to the Regionalliga West.
The league was made up from a set quota of teams from each of the two predecessor Oberliga groups and the four Verbandsliga groups. While the top four clubs from Nordrhein and Westfalen were promoted to the Regionalliga, teams placed fifth to eleventh were headed go to the new NRW-Liga. The clubs placed twelve to eighteen were relegated to their Verbandsliga group. From the four Verbandsliga groups, the champions will each gain admittance, unless it would be a reserve team of a club already qualified for the Oberliga. In this case, the next eligible club would be admitted.
There was some dispute about the name of the league with the suggestion having been made to rather call it Oberliga West, a league of that name having already existed from 1947 to 1963, the "old" Oberliga West. The previous league of that name was a tier one league but covered the same region. It has however been decided to officially call it NRW-Liga, short for Nordrhein-Westfalen-Liga.
Additionally, the Verbandsliga groups were renamed Niederrheinliga, Mittelrheinliga and 2 groups of Westfalenliga.
With the end of the 2011-12 season, after four seasons of existence, the NRW-Liga was disbanded again. The place of the league as the fifth tier in North Rhine-Westphalia was then taken up by three regional leagues, the Mittelrheinliga and Niederrheinliga for the North Rhine region and the reformed Oberliga Westfalen for Westphalia. The top three clubs from the NRW-Liga gained direct entry to the Regionalliga while the teams placed fourth to seventh had to play-off with the four champions from the leagues below to determined four additional promoted teams.
Remaining in the NRW-Liga:
From the 3. Liga:
From the Regionalliga West:
From the Verbandsliga Niederrhein:
From the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein:
From the Verbandsliga Westfalen 1:
From the Verbandsliga Westfalen 2:
Champions and runners-up of the NRW-Liga
|2008–09||Bonner SC||Fortuna Düsseldorf II|
|2009–10||SC Wiedenbrück 2000||Arminia Bielefeld II|
|2010–11||Rot-Weiss Essen||Germania Windeck 1|
|2011–12||Viktoria Köln||Sportfreunde Siegen|
- 1 The TSV Germania Windeck declined its right to promotion and withdrew to the Mittelrheinliga, with Fortuna Köln promoted instead.
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- 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
- (German) Official league website
- (German) Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Historic German league tables
- (German) Weltfussball.de Round-by-round results and tables of the NRW-Liga
- (German) Niederrhein Football Association (FVN)
- (German) Mittelrhein Football Association (FVM)
- (German) Westfalen Football Association (FLVW)