Regionalliga West

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Regionalliga West
Regionalliga West
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Confederation Western German Football Association
Founded 2008
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 4
Promotion to 3. Liga
Relegation to Oberliga Niederrhein
Oberliga Mittelrhein
Oberliga Westfalen
Current champions FC Viktoria Köln
2016–17 Regionalliga West

The Regionalliga West is a German semi-professional football division administered by the Western German Football Association based in Duisburg. It is one of the five German regional football associations. Being the single flight of the Western German state association, the Regionalliga is currently a level 4 division of the German football league system. It is one of five leagues at this level, together with the Regionalliga Bayern, Regionalliga Nordost, Regionalliga Nord and the Regionalliga Südwest.

League history[edit]


The league came into existence in August 2008 and was formed from the five Regionalliga clubs in its region which did not achieve admittance to the new 3rd Liga and thirteen Oberliga clubs. The number of clubs in the new league was set at eighteen. Along with the formation of this league there was a merger of the Oberligas below it, with Nordrhein and Westfalen forming the new NRW-Liga, while the Oberliga Südwest remained independent.

With the inception of the new Regionalliga West in 2008, there were now three Regionalligas which form the fourth tier of the German football league system, these were:

The league covered the same region, as the now defunct Regionalliga West/Südwest did from 1994 to 2000. It also shares its name with the "old" Regionalliga West, which operated from 1963 to 1974, but this league only covered the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In 2008-09, with BV Cloppenburg, it included a club from Lower Saxony, while in 2009-10, with Waldhof Mannheim, a club from Baden-Württemberg played in the league. This moving-around of clubs was done to balance out the three Regionalligas in numbers. In 2010-11, in turn, Wormatia Worms, a club nominally belonging to the West, played in the South.[1]

2008–09 season[edit]

In its first season, the league was won by the reserve team of Borussia Dortmund, which finished three points ahead of the reserve side of the 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The best non-reserve side in the league was the Preußen Münster, finishing fourth, 15 points clear of the champion. At the bottom of the table, 1. FC Kleve and BV Cloppenburg suffered relegation, while 16th placed Wormatia Worms was spared because FSV Oggersheim, in 12th place, did not apply for a licence for the next season.[2] The league had an average number of 1,372 spectators by game, with Rot-Weiss Essen with 7,077 per game by far the best supported club in the league. Second in this ranking was Preußen Münster with 3,649 spectators per game while the reserve side of Bayer Leverkusen came last in this ranking, attracting only 247 spectators per home game.[3]

Sascha Mölders of Rot-Weiss Essen was by far the best scorer in the league scoring 28 times during the season, nine times more than the second-best, Christopher Kullmann.[4]

The reserve team of Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Saarbrücken and Bonner SC were promoted to the league for the following season, while Waldhof Mannheim crossed over from the southern division to the west.[5]

2009–10 season[edit]

The second edition of the competition was won by the 1. FC Saarbrücken, a club freshly promoted from the Oberliga who had played in the Bundesliga in the past but fallen down the ranks in the league system. 1. FCS beat Sportfreunde Lotte by eight points to the top spot. At the bottom end, Eintracht Trier and Wormatia Worms, two clubs from Rhineland-Palatinate, were in 17th and 18th spot with a clear gap to a non-relegation rank, while 16th placed Borussia Mönchengladbach reserves was on equal points with no less than four other clubs. All three however were spared from relegation.[5]

The top goal scorers in the second season of the league were Ercan Aydogmus and Christian Knappmann, having both scored 16 goals each.[6]

At the end of the 2009-10 season, Rot-Weiss Essen, Waldhof Mannheim and Bonner SC were all refused a Regionalliga licence and relegated. This meant, the three last-placed teams in the league that season were after all reprieved and not relegated.[5] For Rot-Weiss Essen this was especially bitter, having been the best-supported club in the league for the second year running, with 5,955 spectators per home game. The gap to the second best supported team however, the 1. FC Saarbrücken, was not as wide as in the previous year, Saarbrücken attracting 4,796 spectators a game. Bayer Leverkusen II was once more the least-best supported team but managed to raise its average to 401 spectators by game. Overall, support for the league in its second yearwent up.[7]

The teams promoted from the Oberliga at the end of the season were FC 08 Homburg, SC Wiedenbrück and the reserves of Arminia Bielefeld. The reserves of Borussia Dortmund, 2009 champions, and the Wuppertaler SV were relegated from the 3rd Liga to the Regionalliga. Wormatia Worms had left the league for the southern division to avoid an uneven number of teams between the three Regionalligas after two of the three 3rd Liga relegates had been from the west.

2010-11 season[edit]

The 2010-11 season saw the league feature thirteen clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia, of which eight are from Westphalia. Of the other five, two were from the Saarland while the remaining three were from Rhineland-Palatinate. Unlike the previous two seasons, no club from outside those three states competes in the league this year.[8]

It also featured a record ten reserve teams, leaving only eight first teams in the league.[8]

The league was won by Preußen Münster, who finished with a ten-point gap to second-placed Eintracht Trier.

Since 2012[edit]

The Fußball-Regionalliga's from 2012 onwards.

In October 2010, another reform of the Regionalligas was decided upon. The number of leagues was now expanded to five, with the Regionalliga West losing clubs from the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. The new system came into operation with the start of the 2012-13 season. It was also decided to limit the number of reserve teams per Regionalliga to seven. The later however is planned to be achieved through the shifting of clubs between leagues rather than restricting the overall number of reserve teams.[9]

Foundation clubs of the Regionalliga West[edit]

The Regionalliga West was formed in 2008 with 18 clubs, five from the two Regionalligas (III), four each from the Oberligas Südwest, Nordrhein and Westfalen (IV) and one from the Oberliga Nord (IV).

The founding members were:

From the Regionalliga Nord:

From the Regionalliga Süd:

From the Oberliga Nord:

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga West[edit]

The winners and runners-up of the league are:

Season Winner Runner-up
2008–09 Borussia Dortmund II 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
2009–10 1. FC Saarbrücken Sportfreunde Lotte
2010–11 Preußen Münster Eintracht Trier
2011–12 Borussia Dortmund II Sportfreunde Lotte
2012–13 Sportfreunde Lotte Fortuna Köln
2013–14 Fortuna Köln Sportfreunde Lotte
2014–15 Borussia Mönchengladbach II Alemannia Aachen
2015–16 Sportfreunde Lotte Borussia Mönchengladbach II
2016–17 FC Viktoria Köln Borussia Dortmund II
  • Promoted teams in bold.

League statistics[edit]

The top goal scorers and spectator statistics for the league are:

Season Overall
Per game Best supported Club Spectators
Top goal scorer Goals
2008–09 419,871 [3] 1,372 Rot-Weiss Essen 7,077 Sascha Mölders (RWE) [4] 28
2009–10 510,663 [7] 1,669 Rot-Weiss Essen 5,955 Ercan Aydogmus (BSC)
Christian Knappmann (SCV) [6]
2010–11 305,890[10] 1,000 Preußen Münster 5,640 Robert Mainka (SCW) [11] 18
2011–12 381,689[12] 1,116 Rot-Weiss Essen 6,814 Christian Knappmann (WSV) [13] 30
2012–13 455,207[14] 1,198 Rot-Weiss Essen 8,008 Sven Michel (SFS, BMG) [15] 20
2013–14 561,169[16] 1,641 Rot-Weiss Essen 7,864 Aziz Bouhaddouz (BLII) [17] 24
2014–15 587,606[18] 1,920 Alemannia Aachen 10,724 Jesse Weißenfels (LOT) [19] 20
2015–16 521,017[20] 1,523 Alemannia Aachen 7,951 Marlon Ritter (BMG) [21] 23
2016–17 555,671[22] 1,816 Rot-Weiß Essen 7,865 Mike Wunderlich (VIK) [23] 29
League record

League placings[edit]

Current extent of league[edit]

Final league positions for clubs from the region currently covered by the league:

Club 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Preußen Münster 4 6 1 3L 3L 3L 3L 3L 3L 3L
Fortuna Köln 7 2 1 3L 3L 3L 3L
Sportfreunde Lotte 10 2 3 2 1 2 6 1 3L 3L
SC Paderborn 07 3L 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B B 2B 3L x
FC Viktoria Köln 6 4 3 3 1
Borussia Dortmund II 1 3L 6 1 3L 3L 3L 4 2 x
Borussia Mönchengladbach II 6 16a 5 3 7 7 1 2 3 x
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 2B 2B 2B 3L 8 3 4 5 4 x
Rot-Weiss Essen 7 5a 8 4 9 5 12 5 x
1. FC Köln II 3 4 7 6 16c 12 10 15 6 x
Alemannia Aachen 2B 2B 2B 2B 3L 13 2 7 7 x
SG Wattenscheid 09 15 13 8 8 x
Bonner SC 10a 9 x
SV Rödinghausen 8 14 10 x
Wuppertaler SV 3L 3L 8 5 15c 11 x
Fortuna Düsseldorf II 11 16 19 12 10 9 6 12 x
SC Verl 8 9 9 10 10 11 7 9 13 x
SC Wiedenbrück 10 15 9 16 12 11 14 x
Rot-Weiss Ahlen 2B 2B 3L 13 15
FC Schalke 04 II 15 12 11 11 3 6 11 10 16
TSG Sprockhövel 17
Sportfreunde Siegen 5 5 17 18
TuS Erndtebrück 17 x
Westfalia Rhynern x
KFC Uerdingen 05 17 15 x
SSVg Velbert 13 19 16
FC Kray 20 14 18
FC Wegberg-Beeck 19
VfL Bochum II 14 3 14 14 14 14 16e
FC Hennef 05 18
Bayer Leverkusen II 9 13 15 18 11 8d
SV Lippstadt 08 18
VfB Hüls 17
SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 18
MSV Duisburg II 19
Arminia Bielefeld II 18
1. FC Kleve 18

Former extent of league[edit]

Final league positions for clubs from the regions formerly covered by the league:

Club 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1. FSV Mainz 05 II 5 15 13 12 RL RL 3L 3L 3L RL
1. FC Saarbrücken 1 3L 3L 3L 3L RL RL RL RL
SV Elversberg 11 7 12 13 RL 3L RL RL RL
Eintracht Trier 13 18a 2 4 RL RL RL RL RL
1. FC Kaiserslautern II 2 8 4 9 RL RL RL RL RL
Wormatia Worms 16 17a RL RL RL RL RL RL RL RL
FC 08 Homburg 17 RL RL RL RL RL
Waldhof Mannheim 14a RL RL RL RL RL
TuS Koblenz 2B 2B 3L 17 RL RL RL RL RL
BV Cloppenburg 17 RL RL RL RL
SC Idar-Oberstein 16 RL
FSV Oggersheim 12b


Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
2B 2. Bundesliga
3L 3. Liga
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league
RL Played in one of the other Regionalligas


  • a At the end of the 2009-10 season, Rot-Weiss Essen, Waldhof Mannheim and Bonner SC were refused a Regionalliga licence and relegated. The three last-placed teams were therefore not relegated. Wormatia Worms was transfererred into the southern group for 2010-11.[5]
  • b At the end of the 2008-09 season, FSV Oggersheim did not apply for a Regionalliga licence and was relegated. Wormatia Worms therefore remained in the league.[2]
  • c Wuppertaler SV declared insolvency after the end of the 2012-13 season and was relegated, 1. FC Köln II inherited the club's league place.[24]
  • d Bayer Leverkusen II withdrawn from competition at the end of the 2013–14 season.
  • e VfL Bochum II withdrawn from competition at the end of the 2014–15 season.


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