In 2012, the NFV had 1,043,701 members, 3,736 member clubs and 9,697 teams playing in all its men, women and junior league systems, making it the second smallest of the five regional associations of DFB. In the 2012-13 season, at the top of the NFV men's league system sits the Regionalliga Nord, a level four division in the German football league system.
The NFV itself is formed by the following state associations:
The NFV was founded in 1905 as a merger of several local football associations in Northern Germany and used to administer the Northern 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 Northern Germany typically restarted on an informal basis, with the NFV officially reintroduced in 1948. Until 1963, the NFV had the jurisdiction on the Oberliga Nord, the regional division of the former lop level German Oberliga. After the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the NFV league system became a feeder to the nationwide divisions.