2011–12 Regionalliga

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Regionalliga
Season 2011–12
Champions Hallescher FC (N)
Borussia Dortmund II (W)
Stuttgarter Kickers (S)
Relegated Karlsruher SC II

The 2011–12 Regionalliga season was the eighteenth season of the Regionalliga since its re-establishment after German reunification and the fourth as a fourth-level league within the German football league system. It was contested in three regional divisions.

The season began on 8 August 2011 and ended on 20 May 2012.[1]

The champions of each division was promoted to the 2012–13 3. Liga. This tier of the German league pyramid was expanded to five divisions for the 2012–13 season.[2] No team was relegated to a lower level on competitionally aspects at the end of the season.

Teams[edit]

A total of 55 teams will compete in three geographical divisions (North, West and South); the North and South circuits will comprise 18 sides each, while the West division was expanded to 19 teams.[3]

Licensing issues prior to the season[edit]

The composition of the three divisions was severely affected by licensing difficulties for multiple teams. Rot Weiss Ahlen were demoted from the 3rd Liga at the end of its 2010–11 season after going into administration.[citation needed] Subsequently, Ahlen did not apply for a Regionalliga licence due to their financial situation, with the club aiming to participate in the fifth-tier NRW-Liga instead.[citation needed]

Insufficient funding was also the key problem for another 3rd Liga club as TuS Koblenz were forced to withdraw their participation in the 2011–12 season of the league several weeks after the last 2010–11 matches had been played.[citation needed] Koblenz then applied for a Regionalliga licence; however, it was not possible to determine in a legally binding way if the application was made in time. In order to avoid any disadvantages, the German FA hence admitted both Koblenz and TSV Havelse to the league; Havelse were originally relegated at the end of the 2010–11 Regionalliga season, but would have benefitted of a possible application rejection for Koblenz.[3]

Several eligible teams from the fifth-tier Oberliga turned down promotion as well, usually because of inability to fulfil the requirements for a Regionalliga licence. These teams include the champions and runners-up of the North division of the NOFV-Oberliga, Torgelower SV Greif and Hansa Rostock II, NRW-Liga runners-up Germania Windeck and Bayernliga champions FC Ismaning.

Relegation and promotion[edit]

The three division champions of the 2010–11 Regionalliga season, Chemnitzer FC, Preußen Münster and Darmstadt 98 were promoted to the 2011–12 3rd Liga. In turn, only one of the originally three relegated teams from the 3rd Liga, Bayern Munich II, entered the league after both Wacker Burghausen and Werder Bremen II were spared from relegation because of the financial problems in Ahlen and Koblenz. The Bayern reserves were classified into the South division.

A total of six teams were relegated at the end of the 2010–11 season. Eintracht Braunschweig II, FC Oberneuland and Türkiyemspor Berlin from the North division, FC Homburg and Arminia Bielefeld II from the West division, and SV Wehen Wiesbaden II from the South division returned to their respective fifth-level league. A further two teams, SSV Ulm 1846 and SpVgg Weiden, had to withdraw in the middle of the season after going into administration and thus were automatically demoted.[citation needed] Ulm returned to the fifth tier in 2011–12,[citation needed] while Weiden was dissolved shortly thereafter; their successor club began play at the sixth tier for the 2011–12 season.[citation needed]

Ten teams were promoted from the fifth-level leagues. Oberliga Niedersachsen champions SV Meppen, Oberliga Hamburg winners FC St. Pauli II, NOFV-Oberliga South division champions Germania Halberstadt and third-placed NOFV-Oberliga North division sides Berlin AK 07 were entered into the Regionalliga North, with the latter benefitting of both Torgelower SV Greif and Hansa Rostock II foregoing promotion. NRW-Liga winners Rot-Weiss Essen, third-placed team Fortuna Köln (as runners-up Germania Windeck chose to withdraw from the league at the end of the season) and Oberliga Südwest champions SC Idar-Oberstein were admitted into the Regionalliga West. Finally, Hessenliga champions Bayern Alzenau, Oberliga Baden-Württemberg winners Waldhof Mannheim and Bayernliga runners-up FC Ingolstadt 04 II (as champions FC Ismaning did not obtain a Regionalliga licence) were promoted to the Regionalliga South.

League reform[edit]

Origins[edit]

The German league system, having gone through its last adjustment in 2008, when the 3rd Liga was established and the number of Regionalligas increased from two to three, required another adjustment by 2011.[4] The reason for this was the large number of insolvencies on the fourth level, caused by high cost and infrastructure requirements while, at the same time, the clubs at this level complaint about low incomes and little interest from TV broadcasters. Requirements like the fact that Regionalliga stadiums had to have at least 1,000 seats and a separate stand with separate entrance for away spectators were seen as causing to much of a financial strain on amateur clubs. Many clubs also struggled to cope with the 400-pages long license application, having to rely on volunteers rather than being able draw on permanent staff.[5]

This led to Oberliga champions even, at times, declining their right for promotion to avoid the financial risk the Regionalliga meant to them, breaking with a basic principle of German football, that league champions would almost always be promoted.[6]

In a special conference of the German Football Association, the DFB, in October 2010, 223 of 253 delegates voted for a reform of the league system on the fourth level. The number of Regionalligas was to be expanded to five, with the reestablishing of the Regionalliga Nordost, the formation of the Regionalliga Bayern and a shift of the Regionalliga Süd to the new Regionalliga Süd/Südwest.[7]

The suggestion for the league reform had come from Bavaria, where, in a meeting of the Bavarian top-level amateur clubs at Wendelstein, the financial survival of the leagues and clubs in the current system was questioned. It resulted in the publication of what was called the Wendelsteiner Anstoß, which demanded a clear demarcation between professional football on the first three tiers of German football and amateur football below that. For this purpose, the paper also demanded a reestablishment of the German amateur football championship as an incentive and goal for top amateur clubs who did not want to turn professional.[6][8]

Qualifying[edit]

The new leagues will nominally be playing with 18 clubs (expect Regionalliga Nordost with 16), however, in its first, transitional season the DFB will permit up to 22 clubs in the league. Restrictions exist on reserve sides. No more than seven reserve teams are permitted per Regionalliga, should there be more in a league the additional ones would have to be moved to a different Regionalliga. Reserve teams of 3rd Liga clubs are not permitted to play in the Regionalliga. The make up of the clubs entering the new Regionalligas from the leagues below was left to the regional football association and not regulated by the DFB.[9][10]

One exception to the geographical alignment will be the Bavarian club FC Bayern Alzenau, traditionally playing in Hesse's league system, which will be grouped in the new Regionalliga Süd/Südwest, upon their own request, rather than in the Regionalliga Bayern.[11]

Regionalliga Nord (North)[edit]

The North division will comprises eighteen teams for the 2011–12 season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Hallescher FC (C) (P) 34 23 8 3 53 15 +38 77 Promotion to 2012–13 3. Liga
2 Holstein Kiel 34 24 3 7 73 31 +42 75
3 RB Leipzig 34 22 7 5 71 29 +42 73
4 TSV Havelse 34 14 9 11 54 46 +8 51
5 VfL Wolfsburg II 34 14 8 12 51 41 +10 50
6 Hannover 96 II 34 14 8 12 47 48 −1 50
7 Berliner AK 07 34 14 5 15 48 47 +1 47
8 Hamburger SV II 34 13 6 15 56 47 +9 45
9 ZFC Meuselwitz 34 12 9 13 41 52 −11 45
10 VFC Plauen 34 10 13 11 46 50 −4 43
11 VfB Lübeck 34 10 8 16 41 47 −6 38
12 SV Meppen 34 10 8 16 38 56 −18 38
13 SV Wilhelmshaven 34 12 7 15 57 64 −7 0371
14 Hertha BSC II 34 10 7 17 38 58 −20 37
15 Energie Cottbus II 34 9 9 16 39 65 −26 36
16 Germania Halberstadt 34 8 10 16 45 53 −8 34
17 FC St. Pauli II 34 8 8 18 43 72 −29 32
18 1. FC Magdeburg 34 5 14 15 23 43 −20 29

Updated to games played on 19 May 2012.
Source: kicker
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 SV Wilhelmshaven were deducted six points.[12]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: kicker (German)

22 goals
17 goals
13 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Stadium Location Club
AWD-Arena Hannover Hannover 96 II
Red Bull Arena Leipzig RB Leipzig
MDCC-Arena Magdeburg 1. FC Magdeburg
Kurt-Wabbel-Stadion Halle Hallescher FC
Millerntor-Stadion Hamburg FC St. Pauli II
Stadion der Freundschaft Cottbus Energie Cottbus II
Lohmühle Lübeck VfB Lübeck
VfL-Stadion am Elsterweg Wolfsburg VfL Wolfsburg II
MEP-Arena Meppen SV Meppen
Sternquell-Arena Plauen VFC Plauen
Holstein-Stadion Kiel Holstein Kiel
Poststadion Berlin Berlin AK 07
Jadestadion Wilhelmshaven SV Wilhelmshaven
Friedensstadion Halberstadt VfB Germania Halberstadt
Olympiapark Amateurstadion Berlin Hertha BSC II
bluechip-Arena Meuselwitz ZFC Meuselwitz
Edmund-Plambeck-Stadion Norderstedt Hamburger SV II
Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion Garbsen TSV Havelse

Regionalliga West[edit]

The West division comprises nineteen teams for the 2011–12 season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Borussia Dortmund II (C) (P) 36 24 5 7 84 39 +45 77 Promotion to 2012–13 3. Liga
2 Sportfreunde Lotte 36 22 10 4 64 31 +33 76
3 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 36 21 6 9 67 45 +22 69
4 Eintracht Trier 36 19 7 10 57 34 +23 64
5 Wuppertaler SV Borussia 36 16 9 11 68 49 +19 57
6 1. FC Köln II 36 15 11 10 59 48 +11 56
7 Fortuna Köln 36 15 8 13 54 56 −2 53
8 Rot-Weiss Essen 36 15 7 14 52 57 −5 52
9 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 36 13 12 11 56 55 +1 51
10 SC Verl 36 13 7 16 39 48 −9 46
11 FC Schalke 04 II 36 13 6 17 55 63 −8 45
12 1. FSV Mainz 05 II 36 12 7 17 49 47 +2 43
13 SV Elversberg 36 11 9 16 39 60 −21 42
14 VfL Bochum II 36 11 8 17 42 64 −22 41
15 SC Wiedenbrück 2000 36 10 10 16 44 52 −8 40
16 SC Idar-Oberstein 36 10 9 17 38 62 −24 39
17 Bayer Leverkusen II 36 7 10 19 34 57 −23 31
18 TuS Koblenz 36 6 13 17 32 51 −19 31
19 Fortuna Düsseldorf II 36 5 14 17 39 54 −15 29

Updated to games played on 19 May 2012.
Source: kicker
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: kicker (German)

30 goals
20 goals
16 goals
15 goals
14 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Name Location Club
Fritz-Walter-Stadion Kaiserslautern 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
Stadion Rote Erde Dortmund Borussia Dortmund II
Stadion am Zoo Wuppertal Wuppertaler SV Borussia
Stadion am Bruchweg Mainz 1. FSV Mainz 05 II
Lohrheidestadion Bochum-Wattenscheid VfL Bochum II
Georg-Melches-Stadion Essen Rot-Weiss Essen
Stadion Oberwerth Koblenz TuS Koblenz
Südstadion Köln SC Fortuna Köln
Mondpalast-Arena Herne FC Schalke 04 II
Moselstadion Trier Eintracht Trier
Grenzlandstadion Mönchengladbach Borussia Mönchengladbach II
Paul-Janes-Stadion Düsseldorf Fortuna Düsseldorf II
Waldstadion an der Kaiserlinde Elversberg SV Elversberg
Stadion Im Haag Idar-Oberstein SC Idar-Oberstein
SolarTechnics-Arena Lotte Sportfreunde Lotte
Franz-Kremer-Stadion Köln 1. FC Köln II
Stadion an der Poststraße Verl SC Verl
Jahnstadion Rheda-Wiedenbrück SC Wiedenbrück 2000
Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion Leverkusen Bayer 04 Leverkusen II

Regionalliga Süd (South)[edit]

The South division will comprise eighteen teams for the 2011–12 season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stuttgarter Kickers (C) (P) 34 23 9 2 66 29 +37 78 Promotion to 2012–13 3. Liga
2 SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 34 21 6 7 78 40 +38 69
3 Eintracht Frankfurt II 34 21 4 9 69 41 +28 67
4 Wormatia Worms 34 16 10 8 57 48 +9 58
5 Karlsruher SC II (R) 34 18 4 12 56 48 +8 58 Relegation to Oberliga 1
6 SpVgg Greuther Fürth II 34 15 9 10 50 48 +2 54
7 1899 Hoffenheim II 34 15 7 12 69 36 +33 52
8 SC Freiburg II 34 15 4 15 49 49 0 49
9 FC Ingolstadt 04 II 34 15 4 15 46 50 −4 49
10 1. FC Nuremberg II 34 11 11 12 59 54 +5 44
11 Hessen Kassel 34 12 6 16 43 54 −11 42
12 Waldhof Mannheim 34 10 9 15 40 46 −6 39
13 1860 Munich II 34 10 8 16 28 52 −24 38
14 Bayern Munich II 34 8 10 16 43 54 −11 34
15 FC Memmingen 34 7 12 15 37 54 −17 33
16 SC Pfullendorf 34 8 9 17 40 65 −25 33
17 FSV Frankfurt II 34 8 4 22 45 70 −25 28
18 Bayern Alzenau 34 6 8 20 39 76 −37 26

Updated to games played on 18 May 2012.
Source: kicker
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1) Karlsruher SC II ineligible for the 2012–13 Regionalliga because of the relegation of the first team to the 3. Liga.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: kicker (German)

16 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Name Location Club
Easycredit-Stadion Nürnberg 1. FC Nürnberg II
Wildparkstadion Karlsruhe Karlsruher SC II
Carl-Benz-Stadion Mannheim SV Waldhof Mannheim
Möslestadion Freiburg SC Freiburg II
Auestadion Kassel KSV Hessen Kassel
Trolli Arena Fürth SpVgg Greuther Fürth II
Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau Stuttgart Stuttgarter Kickers
Tuja-Stadion Ingolstadt FC Ingolstadt 04 II
Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt II
FSV Frankfurt II
Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße München FC Bayern München II
TSV 1860 München II
Geberit-Arena Pfullendorf SC Pfullendorf
comtech Arena Aspach SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion Sinsheim TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II
Wormatia-Stadion Worms Wormatia Worms
Memminger Arena Memmingen FC Memmingen
Städtisches Stadion am Prischoß Alzenau FC Bayern Alzenau

References[edit]

  1. ^ dfb.de:Rahmenkalender 2011/12, accessed 13.April 2011
  2. ^ dfb.de:DFB beschließt Regionalligareform
  3. ^ a b "TuS Koblenz 19. Verein in der Regionalliga West" [TuS Koblenz 19th club in Regionalliga West]. www.dfb.de. German Football Association. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Geschichte (German) DFB website - Regionalliga History, accessed: 6 July 2011
  5. ^ Regionalliga-Reform: Top-Amateure - Top-Talente in einer Liga! (German) Bavarian FA website, published: 4 October 2010, accessed: 6 July 2011
  6. ^ a b Wendelsteiner Anstoß (German) Bavarian FA website - The Wendelstein paper, accessed: 6 July 2011
  7. ^ DFB-Bundestag beschließt Reform der Spielklassen (German) DFB website, published: 22 October 2010, accessed: 28 October 2010
  8. ^ Untere Ligen erfahren eine Aufwertung (German) Augsburger Allgemeine, published: 11 April 2011, accessed: 2 May 2011
  9. ^ Grundzüge der Spielklassenreform (German) DFB website - Basics of the Regionalliga reform, accessed: 6 July 2011
  10. ^ Spielklassenreform offiziell beschlossen (German) Bavarian FA website, published: 7 June 2011, accessed: 6 July 2011
  11. ^ Lizenz da: Der FC Bayern Alzenau kann für die Regionalliga planen (German) Main Echo, published: 3 May 2011, accessed: 6 July 2011
  12. ^ "DPunktabzug für Wilhelmshaven" [Deduction for Wilhelmshaven] (in German). Kicker. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

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