Promotion to the 3. Liga

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Promotion to the 3. Liga
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Country Germany
Confederation UEFA
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to 3. Liga
Current champions Carl Zeiss Jena
SV Meppen
SpVgg Unterhaching
(2016–17)
Most championships Borussia Dortmund II
Holstein Kiel
(2 promotions)
2016–17 Regionalliga

The promotion to the 3. Liga (German: Aufstieg zur 3. Liga) determines the teams that will be promoted each season from the Regionalliga, the fourth tier of German football, to the third-tier 3. Liga since its formation in 2008–09. The promotion format was changed starting with the 2012–13 season when the Regionalliga was expanded from three leagues (Nord, Süd, and West) to five (Bayern, Nord, Nordost, Südwest, and West).

Format[edit]

For the first four seasons (2008–09 until 2011–12), the champions of the Regionalliga Nord, West, and Süd were promoted directly to the 3. Liga.

After the Regionalliga reform, which took effect starting with the 2012–13 season, the number of leagues was expanded to five.[1] The five league champions and the runners-up of the Regionalliga with the whose region has the most clubs and members in the German Football Association (currently Südwest) now participate in an end-of-season play-off competition to determine the three teams which will be promoted. The three pairings are drawn from a pot, with the two teams from the same league being prohibitied from being drawn together. The pairings are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs is promoted. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out.

Direct promotion (2008–09 to 2011–12)[edit]

2008–09[edit]

Regionalliga Champions
Nord Holstein Kiel
Süd 1. FC Heidenheim
West Borussia Dortmund II

2009–10[edit]

Regionalliga Champions
Nord SV Babelsberg
Süd VfR Aalen
West 1. FC Saarbrücken

2010–11[edit]

Regionalliga Champions
Nord Chemnitzer FC
Süd Darmstadt 98
West Preußen Münster

2011–12[edit]

Regionalliga Champions
Nord Hallescher FC
Süd Stuttgarter Kickers
West Borussia Dortmund II

Promotion play-offs (since 2012–13)[edit]

2012–13[edit]

The draw for the 2012–13 promotion play-offs was held on 12 May 2013.[2] The first legs were played on 29 May, and the second legs were played on 2 and 4 June 2013.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
RB Leipzig (NO) 4–2 Sportfreunde Lotte (W) 2–0 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Holstein Kiel (N) 4–1 Hessen Kassel (S1) 2–0 2–1
SV Elversberg (S2) 4–3 1860 Munich II (B) 3–2 1–1

2013–14[edit]

The draw for the 2013–14 promotion play-offs was held on 26 April,[3] with another draw between the Regionalliga Südwest teams held on 13 May 2014.[4] The first legs were played on 28 May, and the second legs were played on 1 June 2014.

SC Freiburg II, runners-up of the Regionalliga Südwest, did not submit license documents for the 3. Liga. Therfore, Mainz 05 II, third in the Regionalliga Südwest, took the spot.[5]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TSG Neustrelitz (NO) 1–5 Mainz 05 II (S3) 0–2 1–3
Sonnenhof Großaspach (S1) 1–0 VfL Wolfsburg II (N) 0–0 1–0
Fortuna Köln (W) 2–2 (a) Bayern Munich II (B) 1–0 1–2

2014–15[edit]

The draw for the 2014–15 promotion play-offs was held on 12 April,[6] with another draw between the Regionalliga Südwest teams held on 2 May 2015.[7] The first legs were played on 27 May, and the second legs were played on 31 May 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
1. FC Saarbrücken (S2) 1–1 (5–6 p) Würzburger Kickers (B) 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
1. FC Magdeburg (NO) 4–1 Kickers Offenbach (S1) 1–0 3–1
Werder Bremen II (N) 2–0 Borussia Mönchengladbach II (W) 0–0 2–0 (a.e.t.)

2015–16[edit]

The draw for the 2015–16 promotion play-offs was held on 3 April,[8] with another draw between the Regionalliga Südwest teams held on 21 May 2016.[9] The first legs were played on 25 May, and the second legs were played on 29 May 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
VfL Wolfsburg II (N) 1–2 Jahn Regensburg (B) 1–0 0–2
SV Elversberg (S2) 1–2 FSV Zwickau (NO) 1–1 0–1
Sportfreunde Lotte (W) 2–0 Waldhof Mannheim (S1) 0–0 2–0

2016–17[edit]

The draw for the 2016–17 promotion play-offs was held on 8 April,[10] with another draw between the Regionalliga Südwest teams held on 5 May 2017.[11] The first legs were played on 28 May, and the second legs were played on 31 May and 1 June 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Viktoria Köln (W) 3–3 (a) Carl Zeiss Jena (NO) 2–3 1–0
SpVgg Unterhaching (B) 5–2 SV Elversberg (S1) 3–0 2–2
Waldhof Mannheim (S2) 0–0 (3–4 p) SV Meppen (N) 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)

Statistics[edit]

Since the introduction of the 3. Liga in the 2008–09 season, Borussia Dortmund II (2009 and 2012) and Holstein Kiel (2009 and 2013) have both been promoted twice from the Regionalliga.

VfL Wolfsburg II (2014 and 2016), SV Elversberg (2016 and 2017), and Waldhof Mannheim (2016 and 2017) have all failed twice in the promotion play-offs.

Since the introduction of the promotion play-offs, the second leg has gone into extra time four times. Two of the occasions saw a winner after the extra period, while two matches were decided by a penalty shoot-out after no additional goals were scored. On the other hand, the away goals rule has decided the winner of a tie on two occasions.

Play-off winners (since 2012–13)
Regionalliga Number of
promotions
Nordost 4
Bayern 3
Nord 3
Südwest runners-up/third 2
West 2
Südwest champions 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DFB weitet die Spielklassenreform aus" [DFB is expanding the league reform]. kicker.de (in German). kicker-sportmagazin. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aufstiegsrelegation: RB Leipzig trifft auf den West-Meister" [Promotion play-offs: RB Leipzig meets the West champions]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele: West-Meister trifft auf die Bayern" [Promotion play-offs: West champions meet Bayern]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele: Großaspach trifft auf den Nordmeister" [Promotion play-offs: Großaspach meets the Nord champions]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "SC Freiburg II verzichtet auf den Aufstieg in die 3. Liga" [SC Freiburg II does not advance to the 3. Liga play-offs]. badische-zeitung.de (in German). Badische Zeitung. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele: Nord-Meister trifft auf West-Vertreter" [Promotion play-offs: Nord champions meet West representatives]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele zur 3. Liga: Glock heute Losfee" [Promotion play-offs to 3. Liga: Glock today draws]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele zur 3. Liga ausgelost" [Promotion play-offs to 3. Liga drawn]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele: Elversberg gegen Zwickau, Lotte trifft auf Mannheim" [Promotion play-offs: Elversberg vs. Zwickau, Lotte meets Mannheim]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele zur 3. Liga: West vs. Nordost" [Promotion play-offs to 3. Liga: West vs. Nordost]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Aufstiegsspiele: Mannheim vs. Meppen und Haching vs. Elversberg" [Promotion play-offs: Mannheim vs. Meppen and Haching vs. Elversberg]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 

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