Austrian Regionalliga

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Regionalliga
Founded 1959
Country Austria
Number of teams 48
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to First League
Relegation to Landesliga
Domestic cup(s) Austrian Cup
International cup(s) Europa League (via Austrian Cup)
Current champions SV Horn (Ost)
FC Blau-Weiß Linz (Mitte)
WSG Wattens (West)
2016–17 Austrian Regional Leagues

The Austrian Regional League (German: Regionalliga or plural Regionalligen) is the third-highest division in Austrian football, after the Austrian Bundesliga and the First League. It is divided into three conferences: East (Ost), covering the states of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland; Central (Mitte), covering the states of Styria, Carinthia, Upper Austria and the exclave of East Tyrol; and West, covering the states of Salzburg, Tyrol (with the exception of East Tyrol) and Vorarlberg.

History[edit]

Tauernliga and Arlbergliga[edit]

With introduction of the Staatsliga A as the first division and the Staatsliga B as the second division of Austrian football in the 1949/50 season, also the teams from the Austrian states were allowed to play for the first time again in the highest leagues since the end of the second world war. This entailed also a change of the categorization in the amateur football. While Central and Eastern Austrian football teams played in the respective national leagues, from which the champions got promoted either directly or by Play-Offs (Relegationsspiele) to the Staatsliga B, the Western states didn't participate in the Staatsliga B.

In 1949/50 the teams from Carinthia (Kärnten) and Salzburg already played in the again-created Tauernliga and from 1955/56 to 1958/59 in the Tauernliga South (Kärnten) and Tauernliga North (Salzburg). Besides the Arlbergliga consisted from 1950/51 to 1959/60 the clubs from Tyrol (Tirol) and Vorarlberg. These leagues can be regarded as second divisions (apart from the Staatsliga B) since their champions played in direct duels for promotion to the Staatsliga A.

Champions[edit]

Year Tauernliga Tauernliga South Tauernliga North Arlbergliga
1950 Villacher SV --- --- ---
1951 Klagenfurter AC --- --- SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1952 Salzburger AK 1914 --- --- SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1953 SV Austria Salzburg --- --- Innsbrucker AC
1954 WSG Radenthein --- --- SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1955 SK Austria Klagenfurt --- --- FC Dornbirn 1913
1956 --- WSG Radenthein SK Bischofshofen SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1957 --- WSG Radenthein SK Bischofshofen SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1958 --- WSG Radenthein SV Austria Salzburg FC Lustenau 07
1959 --- WSG Radenthein SV Austria Salzburg FC Lustenau 07
1960 --- --- Salzburger AK 1914* FC Dornbirn 1913
  • In 1960, the Carinthian teams already played in the Central Regionalliga and the Tyrolean and Vorarlberg clubs were still in the Arlbergliga. For this reason the champion of the Salzburger Landesliga was entitled to deny the qualification matches against the champion of the Arlbergliga.

The Regionalliga and the Alpenliga[edit]

Each Regionalligas coverage.

In the season of 1959/60, the Eastern and Central Regionalligen were established and one year later the Western Regionalliga. The Regionalligen counted up to the season of 1973/74 as soccer's second division in Austria. The respective champions were allowed to get promoted directly to the top level. In 1974/75 the introduction of the first and second Austrian Bundesliga happened, with in each case 10 clubs and to the abolishment of the Western and Central Regionalligen. For the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga the champion of the Eastern Regionalliga, which was allowed to move upwards directly, and which the champions of the State Leagues (German: Landesligen) of Salzburg, Tyrol (Tirol), Vorarlberg, Carinthia (Kärnten), Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) and Styria (Steiermark) those Play Offs (Relegationsspiele) had to complete in each case. In the 1977/78 season, the states of Salzburg, Tirol and Vorarlberg merged their Landesligen to the Alpine League (in German, Alpenliga) as the 3rd division. In the 1980/81 season, the Western Regionalliga was once again introduced as the third division. The Eastern Regionalliga championship was not held from 1980/81 to 1983/84 and it would not be until the 1984/85 season that it would be reintroduced. Up until the 1995/96 season, the Champions of the Western and Eastern Regionalligen earned a direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. The Central Regionalliga, however, would not be reintroduced until the 1994/95 season. The champions of the regional organizations, the state football associations (Landesverbände) of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Carinthia (Kärnten) (with East Tyrol (Osttirol)) and Styria (Steiermark) had their only promotional spot to the 2nd division decided in play off matches.

Between the 1996/97 and 2003/04 seasons, the three champions of the Regionalligen together with the last one of the First Division (since the renaming of the First Division as "Erste Liga" the second highest division in Austria) played those Play Off matches to accomplish the two remaining promotional/relegation spots. After an expansion of the First Division to twelve clubs it was decided that - from the 2005/06 season - due to deprival of pro league licenses [Lizenzentzügen] (at present still with 10 slots), the winners of the regional leagues went up directly again. The First Division contracted back to ten teams in 2009/10, thus the number of promotions to and relegations from the second tier were reduced to two. Until 2013/14 one conference winner played the bottom First Division team, while the other conference winners contested the other promotion spot.

Since 2014/15 two teams are relegated from and promoted to the First Division. In 2014/15 the Western champions were directly promoted while those from the East and Central contested the other promotion place. In 2015/16 all three division winners were promoted to fill vacancies in the second tier.[1] For 2016/17 the Central winners take the first promotion while the other will be contested between the Eastern and Western champions.

Champions[edit]

Year Eastern Regionalliga Central Regionalliga Western Regionalliga
(Jahr) (Regionalliga Ost) (Regionalliga Mitte) (Regionalliga West)
1960 1. Schwechater SC SV Stickstoff Linz ---
1961 SK Admira Wien Kapfenberger SV Salzburger AK 1914
1962 SC Wacker Wien SK Austria Klagenfurt SV Austria Salzburg
1963 1. Wiener Neustädter SC Kapfenberger SV FC Dornbirn 1913
1964 SC Wacker Wien SK Sturm Graz FC Wacker Innsbruck
1965 1. Simmeringer SC Wien SK Austria Klagenfurt SV Austria Salzburg
1966 SC Wacker Wien SK Sturm Graz SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1967 SC Eisenstadt WSG Radenthein SV Austria Salzburg
1968 SC Wacker Wien WSV Donawitz WSG Wattens
1969 First Vienna FC 1894 Wien SK VÖEST Linz FC Dornbirn 1913
1970 1. Simmeringer SC Wien WSG Radenthein SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1971 SC Eisenstadt WSV Donawitz SK Bischofshofen
1972 ESV Admira Wiener Neustadt SK Austria Klagenfurt SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1973 1. Simmeringer SC Wien WSG Radenthein FC Rätia Bludenz
1974 SV Heid Stockerau Kapfenberger SV FC Dornbirn 191
1975 SC Tulln --- ---
1976 Kremser SC --- ---
1977 ASV Kittsee --- ---
1978 Favoritner AC Wien --- USK Anif
1979 SV Heid Stockerau --- SpG Innsbruck
1980 SC Neusiedl 1919 --- Salzburger AK 1914
1981 --- --- ASK Salzburg
1982 --- --- IG Bregenz/Dornbirn
1983 --- --- SC Kufstein
1984 --- --- USV Salzburg
1985 1. Schwechater SC --- IG Bregenz/Dornbirn II
1986 VfB Union Mödling --- SC Kufstein
1987 VSE St. Pölten --- USV Salzburg
1988 SV Stockerau --- FC Dornbirn 1913
1989 ASV Austria Vösendorf --- WSG Wattens
1990 SR Donaufeld Wien --- FC Salzburg
1991 Favoritner AC Wien --- SC Rheindorf Altach
1992 SV Oberwart --- ASVÖ FC Puch bei Hallein
1993 1. Wiener Neustädter SC --- FC Kufstein
1994 ASK Klingenbach --- SC Austria Lustenau
1995 Favoritner AC Wien SAK Klagenfurt WSG Wattens
1996 SV Stockerau TSV Hartberg SC Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1997 ASK Kottingbrunn SK Eintracht Wels SC Rheindorf Altach
1998 SC Untersiebenbrunn SK Austria Klagenfurt/VSV SV Wörgl
1999 SC Untersiebenbrunn TSV Hartberg WSG Wattens
2000 SV Mattersburg BSV Bad Bleiberg FC Lustenau 07
2001 ASK Kottingbrunn ASKÖ Pasching FC Lustenau 07
2002 Wiener Sportklub Kapfenberger SV FC Hard
2003 SV Schwechat FC Blau-Weiß Linz SPG WSG Wattens/FC Wacker Tirol
2004 SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 FC Gratkorn SC Rheindorf Altach
2005 FK Austria Wien Amateure SC Schwanenstadt FC Kufstein
2006 SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 TSV Hartberg FC Lustenau 07
2007 ASK Schwadorf SV Bad Aussee Red Bull Salzburg Amateure
2008 SKN St. Pölten 1. FC Vöcklabruck SV Grödig
2009 First Vienna FC TSV Hartberg FC Dornbirn 1913
2010 FC Waidhofen/Ybbs Wolfsberger AC SV Grödig
2011 SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 LASK Juniors Red Bull Juniors
2012 SV Horn Grazer AK WSG Wattens
2013 SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 LASK Linz FC Liefering
2014 FAC Team für Wien LASK Linz SV Austria Salzburg
2015 SC Ritzing SK Austria Klagenfurt SV Austria Salzburg
2016 SV Horn FC Blau-Weiß Linz WSG Wattens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lizenz: Entscheidung bei Austria Klagenfurt gefallen". sportnet.at (in German). 30 May 2016. 

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