Landesliga Weser-Ems

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Landesliga Weser-Ems
Map of Germany with the location of Lower Saxony highlighted
Country  Germany
State  Lower Saxony
Founded 1979
Number of teams 19
Level on pyramid Level 6
Promotion to Niedersachsenliga
Relegation to Bezirksliga Weser-Ems 1-5
Current champions TuS Bersenbrück

The Landesliga Weser-Ems, called the Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems from 1979 to 1994 and 2006 to 2010,[1] is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the second highest league in the German state of Lower Saxony (German:Niedersachsen). It covers the region of the now defunct Regierungsbezirk Weser-Ems.

It is one of four leagues at this level in Lower Saxony, the other three being the Landesliga Lüneburg, the Landesliga Hannover and the Landesliga Braunschweig.

The term Landesliga can be translated as State league.


Map of Lower Saxony:Position of the Weser-Ems region highlighted

The league's history goes back to 1979, when four new Bezirksoberligas (Braunschweig, Hannover, Lüneburg and Weser-Ems) were formed in the state of Lower Saxony. The Bezirksoberligas (6th tier) were set below the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen (4th tier) and the two Landesligas (5th tier) in the German football league system. In 1994, the two old Landesligas were dissolved, while the four Bezirksoberligas were renamed into Landesliga Braunschweig, Landesliga Hannover, Landesliga Lüneburg, and Landesliga Weser-Ems respectively. Due to the introduction of the new Regionalliga (IV) the new Landesligas still remained at the 6th tier of German football, however.

In 2006, the Landesliga was renamed into Bezirksoberliga again. The new Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems was made up of sixteen clubs,[2] three from the tier-five Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-West, nine from the Landesliga and two each from the two Bezirksligas. The league was formed in a reorganisation of the league system in Lower Saxony, whereby the four regional Landsligas were replaced by the Bezirksoberligas. Below these, the number of Bezirksligas was increased. In Weser-Ems, the two Bezirksligas were expanded to five, while the other three regions operate with four Bezirksligas at this level.[3]

The Bezirksoberliga, like the Landesliga before, was set in the league system below the Verbandsliga and above the now five Bezirksligas, which were numbered from one to five. The winner of the Bezirksoberliga was directly promoted to the Verbandsliga, while the bottom placed teams, in a varying number, were relegated to the Bezirksliga. The Bezirksoberligas of Weser-Ems and Hannover form the tier below the Verbandsliga West, while those of Lüneburg and Braunschweig form the tier below the eastern division of the Verbandsliga.

In the leagues first season, 2006–07, the runners-up of the league, SV Holthausen-Biene, had to play-off with the runners-up of the Bezirksoberliga Hannover, TSV Stelingen, a game they lost 1-0 and thereby failed to gain promotion.[4] In the following two seasons, only the league champions were eligible for promotion.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, with the introduction of the 3. Liga, the Verbandsliga was renamed Oberliga Niedersachsen-West.[5] For the Bezirksoberliga, this had no direct consequences, but the league was increased to eighteen clubs.

After the 2009-10 season, the two Oberligas (English: Premier league) in Lower Saxony were merged to one single division. The four Bezirksoberliga champions that season were not be automatically promoted, instead they had to compete with the four teams placed ninth and tenth in the Oberliga for four more spots in this league.[6]

On 17 May 2010, the Lower Saxony football association decided to rename the four Bezirksoberligas to Landesligas from 1 July 2010. This change in name came alongside the merger of the two Oberliga divisions above it into the Niedersachsenliga.[1]


Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems 1979–1994[edit]

  • 1980: VfL Ockenhausen
  • 1981: SV Wilhelmshaven
  • 1982: Blau-Weiß Schinkel
  • 1983: Weiße Elf Nordhorn
  • 1984: VfL Oldenburg
  • 1985: SpVg Aurich
  • 1986: SV Bad Bentheim
  • 1987: TuS Heidkrug
  • 1988: SC Spelle-Venhaus
  • 1989: Sportfreunde Oesede
  • 1990: Olympia Laxten
  • 1991: VfB Oldenburg Am.
  • 1992: VfL Germania Leer
  • 1993: FC Schüttorf 09
  • 1994: SV Concordia Ihrhove

Landesliga Weser-Ems 1994–2006[edit]

  • 1995: SV Bad Rothenfelde
  • 1996: Sparta Werlte
  • 1997: SV Meppen Am.
  • 1998: VfL Osnabrück II
  • 1999: TuRa Grönenberg Melle
  • 2000: VfL Germania Leer
  • 2001: TuS Bersenbrück
  • 2002: TuS Pewsum
  • 2003: VfL Germania Leer
  • 2004: VfL Oldenburg
  • 2005: VfL Germania Leer
  • 2006: SV Wilhelmshaven II

Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems 2006–2010[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2006–07 Germania Leer SV Holthausen/Biene VfL Löningen
2007–08 SV Bad Rothenfelde SV Brake VfL Oythe
2008–09 VfL Oythe Vorwärts Nordhorn SC Spelle-Venhaus
2009–10 FC Schüttorf 09 SC BW Papenburg SC Melle 03

Landesliga Weser-Ems 2010–present[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2010–11 SV Holthausen/Biene SSV Jeddeloh SV Bad Rothenfelde
2011–12 SSV Jeddeloh SC Melle 03 VfL Oldenburg
2012–13 VfL Oldenburg Blau-Weiß Hollage SV Bad Rothenfelde
2013–14 SC Spelle-Venhaus SV Holthausen/Biene SV Bad Rothenfelde
2014–15 TuS Lingen VfL Oythe Kickers Emden
2015–16 TuS Bersenbrück TSV Oldenburg SV Bad Rothenfelde
  • Promoted teams in bold.


  1. ^ a b Fußball-Journal Niedersachsen (German) Official monthly publication of the NFV, page: 65, published: May 2010, accessed: 5 February 2011
  2. ^ Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems table 2006-07, accessed: 12 July 2009
  3. ^ Spielordnung des Niedersächsischen Fußballverbandes e.V. (German) Rules and regulations of the Lower Saxony football association, published: 16 May 2009, accessed: 12 July 2009
  4. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2006-07 (German) publisher: DSFS, page: 260
  5. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2007-08 (German) publisher: DSFS, page: 238
  6. ^ Oberliga Niedersachsen 2009-10: Regulations (German) NFV website, accessed: 9 July 2009


  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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