Western German Football and Athletics Association
|Formation||1898 / 1947|
|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
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.
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. 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):
- Football Association of the Lower Rhine (German: Fußball-Verband Niederrhein; FVN)
- Football Association of the Middle Rhine (German: Fußball-Verband Mittelrhein; FVM)
- Football and Athlectics Association of Westphalia (German: Fußball- und Leichtathletikverband Westfalen; FLVW)
The history of the WFLV dates back to 1898 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.
- (German)/(English) German Football Association official website
- (German) Western German Football and Athlectics Association official website
- (German) Football Association of the Lower Rhine official website
- (German) Football Association of the Middle Rhine official website
- (German) Football and Athlectics Association of Westphalia official website