Saarlandliga

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Saarlandliga
Map of Germany with the location of Saarland highlighted
Country  Germany
State  Saarland
Founded 2009
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 6
Promotion to Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar
Relegation to Verbandsliga Saarland
Domestic cup(s) Saarland Cup
Current champions FSV Jägersburg
(2014–15)

The Saarlandliga (English: Saarland league) is currently the sixth tier of the German football league system in the German federal state of Saarland. It is a new league, introduced at the end of the 2008-09 season.

In the past, the term Saarlandliga has unofficially been used for what was at times the Ehrenliga Saarland, the Amateurliga Saarland and, from 1978, the Verbandsliga Saarland. The new league however carries the name officially and is not known by any other name.

Overview[edit]

The league was introduced after a decision made by the Saarland Football Association on 31 May 2008. It was decided, that the new league will be operating from the 2009-10 season onwards and slot in between the tier-five Oberliga Südwest and the, from then on, tier-seven Verbandsliga Saarland.[1] The Verbandsliga will remain as a single-division competition, which is unusual for the German football pyramid, where most leagues have two to three feeder leagues below itself.

To qualify for the new league, a club had to finish within the following specifications at the end of the 2008-09 season:

  • All Saarland clubs relegated from the Oberliga Südwest (V) qualify.
  • The clubs placed second to seventeenth in the Verbandsliga Saarland (VI) qualify. The Verbandsliga winner earns promotion to the Oberliga.
  • The two Landesliga (VII) champions qualify.

As the number of clubs relegated from the Oberliga from Saarland was not known at the time this system was decided on, it was determined that for every team relegated, one less from the Verbandsliga would qualify. In this case, the SV Mettlach having been relegated, the seventeenth club from the Verbandsliga would not gain entry to the new Saarlandliga. The clubs from the Verbandsliga not qualified for the new league are to remain in the Verbandsliga and will not suffer relegation to the Landesligas.

Modus[edit]

Eighteen teams are scheduled to compete in the league in 2009-10, with a home-and-away season format. The league winner will be promoted to the Oberliga, while the two last placed teams will be relegated to the Verbandsliga. In turn, the best two teams out of that league will earn direct promotion to the Saarlandliga.

League champions[edit]

The league champions:

Season Club
2009-10 1. FC Saarbrücken II
2010-11 SV Röchling Völklingen
2011-12 SC Halberg Brebach
2012-13 FC Hertha Wiesbach
2013-14 Saar 05 Saarbrücken
2014–15 FSV Jägersburg
  • In 2013–14 runners-up FV Diefflen was also promoted.

Founding members[edit]

The following clubs are qualified for the new league, according to the above system:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aufstiegs- und Abstiegsregelungen nach der Saison 2008/09 (German) Saarland FA website, accessed: 14 June 2009

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
  • 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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