Western German Football and Athletics Association

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Western German Football and Athlectics Association
Western German F & AA.jpg
Formation 1898 / 1947
Type Football association
1,530,526 (2012)
Parent organization
German Football Association
Affiliations Football Association of the Lower Rhine
Football Association of the Lower Rhine
Football and Athlectics Association of Westphalia
Athlectics Association of the North Rhine
Website www.wlfv.de

The Western German Football and Athletics Association (German: Westdeutsche Fußball- und Leichtathletikverband; WFLV) is one of the five regional associations of the German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund; DFB) and covers German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.[1]


DFB, its five regional and 21 state associations

In 2012, the WFLV football department had 1,530,526 members, 4,949 member clubs and 11,306 teams playing in all its men, women and junior league systems, making it the second largest of the five regional associations of DFB.[2] In the 2012-13 season, at the top of the WFLV men's league system sits the Regionalliga West, a level four division in the German football league system.

The WFLV itself is formed by the following state associations (football departments only):


The history of the WFLV dates back to 1898[3] with the foundation of the Rhineland local Rheinischer Spiel-Verband, then following several mergers with other local football associations in Western Germany. It used to administer the Western German football championship for the next decades. In 1933, the association along with all other regional associations was disbanded by the Nazi government, with all German football competitions now organized by the Reich. Soon after the World War II, football competitions in Western Germany typically restarted on an informal basis, with the association officially reintroduced in 1947. Until 1963, it had the jurisdiction on the Oberliga West, the regional division of the former lop level German Oberliga. After the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the association's league system became a feeder to the nationwide divisions. In 2002, the football department merged with the Athlectics Association of the North Rhine.


  1. ^ dfb.de: Regional Associations, accessed: 3 August 2012
  2. ^ dfb.de: Member Statistics 2012 (German), accessed: 3 August 2012
  3. ^ wflv.de: History of the WFLV (German), accessed: 3 August 2012

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