Amateurliga Südwest

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Amateurliga Südwest
Deutschland Lage von Rheinland-Pfalz.svg
Founded1952
Folded1978 (26 seasons)
Replaced by
CountryFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
State Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Rheinland-Pfalz
Level on pyramid Level 3
Promotion to
Domestic cup(s) South West Cup
Last champions FSV Mainz 05
(1977–78)

The Amateurliga Südwest was the highest football league in the region of the Südwest FA and the third tier of the German football league system from its inception in 1952 to the formation of the Oberliga Südwest and the Verbandsliga Südwest below it in 1978.

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Overview

The Amateurliga Südwest was formed in 1952 in the southern half of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Before its inception, three separate leagues operated in the area as the highest level of play. The league was a feeder league to the 2. Oberliga Südwest. From 1952 until the establishment of the Oberliga Südwest in 1978, it was the third tier of the football league system.

The winner of the Amateurliga Südwest was not automatically promoted to its superior league but rather had to take part in a promotion play-off. The champion would have to compete with the winners of the Amateurligas Saarland and Rheinland.

Until 1933, the region covered by the Südwest FA was politically part of two other German states. The south, the Pfalz region, was part of Bavaria and the north, the Rheinhessen region, was part of Hessen. After the war, these regions were incorporated into the new state of Rheinland-Pfalz. The separation of these areas from their original states results from the outcome of World War II when they became part of the French occupation zone, while Hessen and Bavaria where in the US zone.

The league was established in 1952 with sixteen teams, the winner gaining promotion to the 2. Oberliga Südwest. The founder members were:

With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 the Amateurliga was placed below the new Regionalliga Südwest but still retained its third-tier status. It continued to do so after the introduction of the 2. Bundesliga Süd in 1974.

The 1. FC Kaiserslautern II holds the record for years in the league, having spent 21 continuous seasons in it from 1957 to 1978.

There is room for some confusion with the existence of the Oberliga Südwest as well as the Verbandsliga Südwest and the now defunct leagues Regionalliga Südwest and Amateurliga Südwest. While the Oberliga and Regionalliga of that name cover and covered the whole states of Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, the Verbandsliga and Amateurliga only covered the southern part of Rheinland-Pfalz and operated as feeders for the first two. The root of the problem lies in the lack of common history in the region and therefore the lack of a common name.

Disbanding of the Amateurliga Südwest

In 1978, the Oberliga Südwest was formed to allow direct promotion to the 2. Bundesliga Süd for the Amateure champion of the area. The teams placed one to five gained entry to the Oberliga while the next eleven teams were put into the new Verbandsliga Südwest, now the fourth tier of the football league system. The bottom four teams were relegated to the Bezirksliga.

Admitted to the new Oberliga:

Relegated to the new Verbandsliga:

Relegated to the Bezirksliga:

Winners of the Amateurliga Südwest

SeasonClub
1952–53BSC Oppau
1953–54SpVgg Weisenau
1954–55FC Sobernheim
1955–56Normannia Pfiffigheim
1956–57 Hassia Bingen
1957–58SC Ludwigshafen
1958–59Hassia Bingen
1959–60 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
1960–61FC Sobernheim
1961–62Phönix Bellheim
1962–63 ASV Landau
1963–64 Eintracht Kreuznach
1964–65 SV Alsenborn
SeasonClub
1965–66VfR Kaiserslautern
1966–67SC Ludwigshafen
1967–681. FC Kaiserslautern II
1968–69ASV Landau
1969–70VfR Frankenthal
1970–71Phönix Bellheim
1971–72Eintracht Kreuznach
1972–73Eintracht Kreuznach
1973–74FK Clausen
1974–75Eintracht Kreuznach
1975–76 VfR Wormatia Worms
1976–77VfR Wormatia Worms
1977–78 FSV Mainz 05

Source: "Verbandsliga Südwest". Das deutsche Fussball–Archiv. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.

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