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The Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, (German: Sachsen-Anhalt). Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the fifth tier of the league system, until the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 the fourth tier.
The Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt was established in 1990 from fourteen clubs as a highest league for the German state of Sachsen-Anhalt, which was established after the league in October 1990, and the Sachsen-Anhalt Football Association, SFV (German: Fußballverband Sachsen-Anhalt). It compromised the area of the two Bezirksligen of Magdeburg and Halle. Each of those two Bezirke contributed seven clubs to the new league, with one club each coming from the 2nd Division. The Verbandsliga was established within the East German football league system and in cooperated in the league system of the united Germany after the end of its first season, in 1991.
The league expanded to sixteen clubs in its second season with two teams relegated. In the 1994-95 season it briefly returned to fourteen clubs, then expanded to eighteen with three relegated teams, a setup it retained for most seasons since.
Originally, the league was positioned below the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte, together with some of the clubs from the two halves of Berlin. As such, it was the fourth tier of the German league system. Upon the disbanding of this Oberliga in 1994, the Verbandsliga became a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, together with the Landesliga Thüringen and Landesliga Sachsen, which its champion is directly promoted to. With this change in the league system in 1994 went the introduction of the Regionalliga Nordost as third tier of the league system which meant the Verbandsligen slipped to fifth tier.
While the majority of clubs from the Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt play in the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, some clubs from the very north of the state are occasionally entered in the northern division, the NOFV-Oberliga Nord, for geographical reasons. Three clubs so far have spent time in "exile":
Due to changes in the German league system, the 2007-08 runners-up 1. FC Magdeburg II also had the chance to gain promotion, having to play the runners-up of the Verbandsliga Berlin, SV Lichtenberg. Two drawn games, 1-1 at home and 0-0 away meant promotion for Magdeburg's reserve team on the away-goal rule.
|1993-94||1. FC Aschersleben|
|1994-95||VfL Halle 1896|
|1997-98||1. FC Aschersleben|
|1998-99||FC Anhalt Dessau|
|2001-02||FC Anhalt Dessau|
|2003-04||SV Dessau 05|
|2005-06||SV Dessau 05|
|2007-08||FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen|
|2008-09||VfL Halle 96|
|2009-10||1. FC Magdeburg II|
|2010–11||FC Grün-Weiß Piesteritz|
|2011-12||Hallescher FC II|
Source:"Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German). Retrieved 19 February 2008.
Founding members of the league
The league was established from fourteen clubs from four leagues in 1990. Most of the East German clubs changed their names in the years after the reunion, some reverting to their old ones after a brief period. Current names, when different, are listed in addition to the name in 1990. The clubs are:
From the 2nd Division-Group A:
From the 2nd Division-Group B:
- SV Merseburg, (was Chemie Buna-Schkopau)
From the Bezirksliga Magdeburg:
- Rot-Weiß Wernigerode, became Germania Wernigerode, merged to form 1. FC Wernigerode, now Germania Wernigerode again
- Einheit Wernigerode, merged to form 1. FC Wernigerode, now Einheit Wernigerode again
- Germania Halberstadt
- Oschersleber SC
- SV Staßfurt
- Fermersleber SV
From the Bezirksliga Halle:
- Blau-Weiß Hettstedt, now FSV Hettstedt
- Blau-Weiß Sangerhausen, now VfB Sangerhausen
- 1. FC Weißenfels
- Chemie Wolfen, now Grün-Weiß Wolfen
- Arminia Aschersleben, now 1. FC Aschersleben
- Quedlinburger SV
- SV Lichtenberg 47 home page - Herren: Nicht verloren, dennoch nicht aufgestiegen (in German) accessed: 23 June 2008
- 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
- (German) Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Historic German league tables
- (German) The North East German Football Association (NOFV)
- (German) The Saxony-Anhalt football association (FSA)
- (German) Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt at Fussball.de