Oberliga Westfalen

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Oberliga Westfalen
Founded
1978
Disbanded
2008
Reformed
2012
Nation
 Germany
Oberliga Westfalen
State
Flag of Nordrhein-Westfalen North Rhine-Westphalia
Region
Wappen des Landschaftsverbandes Westfalen-Lippe.svg Westphalia
Governing body
Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia
Promotion To
Regionalliga West
Relegation To
Westfalenliga
(2 divisions)
Number of clubs
18
Level on Pyramid
Level 5
Current Champions 2012-13
SV Lippstadt 08

The Oberliga Westfalen is the highest Football League in the region of Westphalia, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The league previously existed from 1978 to 2008, but was then replaced by the NRW-Liga, a new state-wide league. With the reform of the league system in 2012, which saw the Regionalliga West reduced to clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia only and the NRW-Liga below it disbanded, the Oberliga Westfalen was reintroduced again as the highest tier in the region and the fifth level overall in Germany.[1] It is one of fourteen Oberligas in German football, the fifth tier of the German football league system.

Overview[edit]

The league was formed in 1978 as a highest level of play for the region of Westphalia, which previously was split into two groups and covered the eastern half of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The main reason for the creation of this league was to allow its champion direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Nord rather than having to go through a promotion play-off. The league was created from nine clubs from the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Nordost and eight from the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Südwest. The SC Herford was relegated from the 2. Bundesliga Nord to the new league.

Originally, the league was called Amateur-Oberliga Westfalen, from 1994 this was shortened to just Oberliga Westfalen.

With the introduction of the unified 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, direct promotion for the Oberliga champions became impossible again because there were eight of them competing for four promotion spots. The champion of the Oberliga Westfalen had to compete with the winner and the runner-up of the Oberliga Nord and the winners of the Oberliga Berlin and of the Oberliga Nordrhein for two 2. Bundesliga spots.

Upon creation of the Regionalligas in 1994, the champions of the Oberligas were directly promoted again, however the Oberligas slipped to fourth tier in the German football league system. The top six team of the Oberliga that year were admitted to the new Regionalliga West/Südwest, the clubs being:

With the reduction of the number of Regionalligas from four to two in 2000, the Oberliga Westfalen was now located below the Regionalliga Nord. However, the Sportfreunde Siegen, based in the very south of the region, played in the Regionalliga Süd.

With the creation of the 3rd Liga in 2008 the Oberliga Westfalen was replaced by the NRW-Liga, which now is the fifth tier of the league system. The Oberliga Westfalen ceased to exit after 30 seasons. Its clubs were split up over three league levels. The first four teams were promoted to the new Regionalliga West, clubs from place five to eleven went to the new Oberliga while the bottom seven teams were relegated to the Verbandsligas.

The league was reintroduced in 2012 after the NRW-Liga was disbanded once more.

Throughout the league's existence the two leagues below the Oberliga were:

Champions of the Oberliga Westfalen[edit]

Original league 1978 to 2008[edit]

The league champions of the first era of the league:

Season Club
1978-79 SC Herford
1979-80 SpVgg Erkenschwick
1980-81 1. FC Paderborn
1981-82 TuS Schloß Neuhaus
1982-83 Eintracht Hamm
1983-84 FC Gütersloh
1984-85 Eintracht Hamm
1985-86 ASC Schöppingen
1986-87 SpVgg Erkenschwick
1987-88 Preußen Münster
1988-89 Preußen Münster
1989-90 Arminia Bielefeld
1990-91 SC Verl
1991-92 Preußen Münster
1992-93 Preußen Münster
Season Club
1993-94 SC Paderborn 07
1994-95 FC Gütersloh
1995-96 LR Ahlen
1996-97 Sportfreunde Siegen
1997-98 Borussia Dortmund II
1998-99 VfL Bochum II
1999–2000 VfB Hüls
2000-01 SC Paderborn 07
2001-02 Borussia Dortmund II
2002-03 FC Schalke 04 II
2003-04 Arminia Bielefeld II
2004-05 SG Wattenscheid 09
2005-06 Borussia Dortmund II
2006-07 SC Verl
2007-08 Preußen Münster

New league from 2012[edit]

The league champions and runners-up from 2012 onwards:

Season Champions Runners-up
2012-13 SV Lippstadt 08 SG Wattenscheid 09

Source:"Oberliga Westfalen". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 

Placings in the Oberliga Westfalen 1979 to 2008[edit]

The final league placings in the league during its original period until 2008:

Club 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
Arminia Bielefeld 2 1 5 4 3 3
Rot-Weiß Ahlen 1
Sportfreunde Siegen 15 4 7 4 5 13 12 16 16 15 7 2 1
SC Paderborn 07 2 6 8 9 2 8 5 5 1 1
Borussia Dortmund II 10 4 10 4 10 4 8 2 4 3 1 1 1
SC Verl 9 13 7 6 1 3 2 5 2 5 2 1
Preußen Münster 5 3 3 4 5 2 1 1 1 1 2 6 1
SG Wattenscheid 09 1 16
Arminia Bielefeld II 14 1 9 3 11
FC Schalke 04 II 12 13 15 2 2 2 5 2 1 3 3 2 2
VfL Bochum II 13 11 7 11 13 14 9 7 13 18 4 1 2 5 2 3 2 6 10 3
FC Gütersloh 4 6 4 2 6 1 14 3 8 6 6 15 11 13 9 1 4 9 3 8 10 4 5 10
SpVgg Erkenschwick 3 1 3 10 7 10 7 1 5 11 11 10 6 7 4 15 12 15 12 12
SG Wattenscheid 09 II 5 4 15 10 6 8 3 6 7 6 12 6 12
TuS Schloß Neuhaus 2 5 3 1 5 5
Rot-Weiß Lüdenscheid 8 2 10 11 12 11 16 11 15 17 4 10 15
SC Herford 1 14 11 6 8 15 4 17
DSC Wanne-Eickel 5 11 9 8 2 4 4 11 14 4 13 9 16
Westfalia Herne 9 12 17 15 16 9 6 3 2 5 16 5 8 6 17 8 7 5
Sportfreunde Lotte 8 5 8 4
SV Schermbeck 13 13 17 6
Germania Gladbeck 7
Hammer SpVgg 8 10 14 14 6 13 12 9 13 14 11 6 9 10 16 14 8
Delbrücker SC 12 9 9
Rot-Weiß Ahlen II 5 7 11 15 13
Sportfreunde Oestrich-Iserlohn 7 10 7 12 11 14 17 13 14
FC Eintracht Rheine 14 14 6 9 16 10 13 16 9 8 7 3 5 10 9 14 11 15
SV Lippstadt 08 3 3 11 14 4 11 15 13 4 16
SC Wiedenbrück 17
TSG Sprockhövel 16 15 16 16 18
Borussia Emsdetten 12 14 6 10 17
VfB Hüls 14 12 14 12 12 4 1 3 4 7 6 4 7 18
Sportfreunde Siegen II 10 15 14 16
VfB Fichte Bielefeld 7 9 4 11 18
Vorwärts Kornharpen 9 17
SC Hassel 7 12 12 15 8 11 7 18
SuS Stadtlohn 8 5 13 8 8 9 13 13 8 17
Lüner SV 19 9 10 13 18
DJK TuS Hordel 4 13 10 6 10 11 16
TSG Dülmen 15 5 9 7 10 12 15 18
Preußen Lengerich 13 15 16
Hövelhofer SV 18
SpVgg Beckum 18 8 9 14 11 11 3 8 14 11 13 14 18
VfB Kirchhellen 11 12 19
BW Post Recklinghausen 6 5 16
SV Rotthausen 12 7 14 17
BV Langendreer 04 18 14
Hasper SV 5 3 2 5 15
Spfr. Brackel 9 12 6 11 11 15
VfR Sölde 5 3 2 14 10 9 9 6
SV Holzwickede 7 7 15 20 14 13 13 16
Rot-Weiß Lennestadt 10 15
SV Blau-Weiß Wewer 14 16
VfL Gevelsberg 11 3 2 18 12 8 7 16
SpVgg Marl 12 8 7 12 8 6 16
ASC Schöppingen 7 12 3 1 7 3 3 3 2 7
Eintracht Recklinghausen 8 11 16 10 15 6 16
VfL Reken 13 14 10 15
SuS Hüsten 09 12 10 10 16 4 17 8 14
Eintracht Hamm 6 1 2 1 9 16
Hellweg Lütgendortmund 6 8 13 12 18 16 17
1. FC Paderborn 5 2 1 15 12 9 15
VfB Waltrop 16 9 7 8 4 17
FC Gohfeld 15 18
Teutonia Lippstadt 15 11 13 17
STV Horst-Emscher 14 21
VfB Altena 13 13 17
Bünder SV 9 12 18
TSG Harsewinkel 10 18
SpVgg Emsdetten 16 17
SV Ahlen 17

Source:"Oberliga Westfalen". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 

  • denotes club played in a league higher than the Oberliga.
  • In 1992, the ASC Schöppingen withdrew from the league.
  • In 1994, the VfB Rheine changed its name to Eintracht Rheine.
  • In 1997, the VfR Sölde withdrew from the league.
  • The Tus Ahlen and BW Ahlen merged in 1996 to form LR Ahlen, which changed its name to Rot-Weiß Ahlen in 2006.
  • The Tus Schloß Neuhaus merged with FC Paderborn to form TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus in 1985 and changed its name to SC Paderborn 07 in 1997.
  • The SG Wattenscheid 09 II had to withdraw from the league in 2004 because the first team of the club was relegated to the Oberliga.

Founding Members of the Oberliga Westfalen[edit]

From the 2nd Bundesliga Nord:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Nordost:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Südwest:

Disbanding of the league[edit]

At the end of the 2007-08 season, the Oberliga Westfalen was disbanded and its clubs distributed to various leagues according to the seasons final standings:

To the Regionalliga West:

To the Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen:

To the Verbandsligas Westfalen:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die neue Spielklassenstruktur (German) FLVW website, accessed: 20 July 2011

Sources[edit]

  • 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

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