Oberliga Westfalen

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Oberliga Westfalen
Karte-DFB-Regionalverbande-WF.png
Organising body Football and Athletics
Association of Westphalia
Founded1978
(reformed in 2012
after disbanding in 2008)
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
RegionWestphalia
Number of teams21
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga West
Relegation to Westfalenliga
(2 divisions)
Current champions SC Wiedenbrück
(2019–20)
Website www.oberliga-westfalen.de

The Oberliga Westfalen is the highest level football league in the region of Westphalia, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The league existed from 1978 to 2008, but was then replaced by the NRW-Liga, a new statewide league. With the reform of the league system in 2012, which reduced the Regionalliga West to clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia only and disbanded the NRW-Liga below it, the Oberliga Westfalen was reintroduced as the highest tier in the region and the fifth level overall in Germany. [1] It is one of fourteen Oberligas in German football, the fifth tier of the German football league system.

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Overview

The league was formed in 1978 as a highest level of play for the region of Westphalia, which used to be split into two groups and covered the eastern half of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The main reason for the creation of this league was to allow its champion direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Nord rather than having to go through a promotion play-off. The league was created from nine clubs from the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Nordost and eight from the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Südwest. The SC Herford was relegated from the 2. Bundesliga Nord to the new league.

The league was founded as the Amateur-Oberliga Westfalen, but from 1994 the name was shortened to Oberliga Westfalen.

With the introduction of the unified 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, direct promotion for the Oberliga champions became impossible again because there were eight of them competing for four promotion spots. The champion of the Oberliga Westfalen had to compete with the winner and the runner-up of the Oberliga Nord and the winners of the Oberliga Berlin and of the Oberliga Nordrhein for two 2. Bundesliga spots.

Upon creation of the Regionalligas in 1994, the champions of the Oberligas were directly promoted again, however the Oberligas slipped to fourth tier in the German football league system. The top six team of the Oberliga that year were admitted to the new Regionalliga West/Südwest, the clubs being:

With the reduction of the number of Regionalligas from four to two in 2000, the Oberliga Westfalen was now located below the Regionalliga Nord. However, the Sportfreunde Siegen, based in the very south of the region, played in the Regionalliga Süd.

With the creation of the 3rd Liga in 2008 the Oberliga Westfalen was replaced by the NRW-Liga, which now is the fifth tier of the league system. The Oberliga Westfalen ceased to exist after 30 seasons. Its clubs were split up over three league levels. The first four teams were promoted to the new Regionalliga West, clubs from place five to eleven went to the new Oberliga while the bottom seven teams were relegated to the Verbandsligas.

The league was reintroduced in 2012 after the NRW-Liga was disbanded again.

Throughout the league's existence the two leagues below the Oberliga were:

Champions of the Oberliga Westfalen

The league champions: [2] [3]

Original league 1978 to 2008

The league champions of the first era of the league:

SeasonClub
1978–79 SC Herford
1979–80 SpVgg Erkenschwick
1980–81 1. FC Paderborn
1981–82 TuS Schloß Neuhaus
1982–83 SC Eintracht Hamm
1983–84 FC Gütersloh
1984–85SC Eintracht Hamm
1985–86 ASC Schöppingen
1986–87SpVgg Erkenschwick
1987–88Preußen Münster
1988–89Preußen Münster
1989–90 Arminia Bielefeld
1990–91 SC Verl
1991–92Preußen Münster
1992–93Preußen Münster
SeasonClub
1993–94 SC Paderborn 07
1994–95FC Gütersloh
1995–96 LR Ahlen
1996–97 Sportfreunde Siegen
1997–98 Borussia Dortmund II
1998–99 VfL Bochum II
1999–2000 VfB Hüls
2000–01 SC Paderborn 07
2001–02 Borussia Dortmund II
2002–03 FC Schalke 04 II
2003–04Arminia Bielefeld II
2004–05 SG Wattenscheid 09
2005–06Borussia Dortmund II
2006–07SC Verl
2007–08Preußen Münster

New league from 2012

The league champions and runners-up from 2012 onwards:

SeasonChampionsRunners-up
2012–13 SV Lippstadt 08 SG Wattenscheid 09
2013–14 Arminia Bielefeld II SV Rödinghausen
2014–15 TuS Erndtebrück Rot-Weiß Ahlen
2015–16 Sportfreunde SiegenSpVgg Erkenschwick
2016–17TuS Erndtebrück Westfalia Rhynern
2017–18 SV Lippstadt 08 1. FC Kaan-Marienborn
2018–19 FC Schalke 04 II TuS Haltern
2019–20 SC Wiedenbrück Rot Weiss Ahlen

Placings in the Oberliga Westfalen

The final league placings in the second era of the league from 2012 to present:

Bundesliga (1963–present)
Played at a league level below this league
League champions
2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
3. Liga (2008–present)
Regionalliga West/Südwest (1994–2000)
Regionalliga Nord (2000–2008)
Regionalliga West (2008–present)
Club \ Year1314 15 16 1718192021
SG Wattenscheid 09 2RRRRRRRx
TuS Haltern 52Rx
SC Wiedenbrück RRRRRRR1R
SV Rödinghausen 2RRRRRRR
SV Lippstadt 08 1R5661RRR
FC Schalke 04 II RRRRR61RR
Rot-Weiss Ahlen 992RR1492R
RSV Meinerzhagen 3x
Eintracht Rheine 810758154x
Westfalia Rhynern 67352R55x
SC Paderborn 07 II 16121376x
Holzwickeder SC 117x
TuS Ennepetal 1412911912138x
1. FC Kaan-Marienborn 72R9x
Preußen Münster II10x
FC Gütersloh 2000 810131210161011x
SV Schermbeck 1717612x
ASC 09 Dortmund 1215143313x
Sportfreunde Siegen RRR1R111214x
TSG Sprockhövel 1011143R10415x
Westfalia Herne 1615189816x
TuS Erndtebrück 451R1R1417x
Hammer SpVg 12131114341618x
TSV Victoria Clarholz x
SpVgg Vreden x
SG Finnentrop/Bamenohl x
FC Brünninghausen 11717
1. FC Gievenbeck 1818
Arminia Bielefeld II 318101315
SC Hassel 817
TSV Marl-Hüls 9418
SuS Neuenkirchen 7415815
SC Roland Beckum 1164416
SuS Stadtlohn 71317
SpVgg Erkenschwick 536218
SC Zweckel 141718
VfB Hüls R1616
TuS Heven 1317
TuS Dornberg 1518
Source: [2] [3] [4]

Founding members of the Oberliga Westfalen

From the 2nd Bundesliga Nord:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Nordost:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen-Südwest:

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Historical German league tables". Das Deutsche Fussball Archiv (in German). Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Oberliga Westfalen tables and results 1994–present". Fussballdaten.de (in German). Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. "Oberliga Westfalen tables and results". Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 30 January 2015.

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