|Organising body||Badenese Football Association|
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||Level 6|
|Promotion to||Oberliga Baden-Württemberg|
|Domestic cup(s)||Baden Cup|
|Current champions|| FC Astoria Walldorf II |
The Verbandsliga Baden is a German amateur football division administered by the Badenese Football Association, one of the 21 German state football associations. Being the top flight of the Baden state association, the Verbandsliga is currently a level 6 division of the German football league system.
The league was formed as Amateurliga Nordbaden in 1945 in the northern half of the then state of Baden, which is now the western half of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It was a feeder league to the Oberliga Süd and therefore the second tier of the football league system in the south of Germany until the interception of the 2nd Oberliga Süd in 1950. From 1950 until the establishment of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1978, it was the third tier of the football league system.
The winner of the Amateurliga Nordbaden was not automatically promoted but rather had to take part in a promotion play-off to its league above. Usually, the champion had to compete with the winners of the Amateurligas Südbaden, Württemberg and (from 1961) Schwarzwald-Bodensee.
The separation of North Baden and South Baden results from the outcome of World War II when the state was split into two separate occupation zones. The north was in the US zone and the south in the French zone. The official names for the two FA's reflect the separation of South Baden from the original association, with North Baden just simply calling itself Baden FA.
The league was established in 1945 with ten teams, the winner gaining promotion to the Oberliga Süd. The founder members were:
The league was split into a northern and a southern group from 1946 to 1948.
With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 the Amateurliga was placed below the new Regionalliga Süd but still retained its third-tier status. It continued to do so after the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga Süd in 1974.
The longest continuous member of the league was the SV Sandhausen which gained promotion to it in 1957 and spent 21 seasons in it until its admittance to the new Oberliga in 1978. The VfR Pforzheim spent a record of 28 out of 33 possible seasons in the league.
At the same time as the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg was introduced in 1978, the Amateurliga Nordbaden was renamed Verbandsliga Nordbaden. The top five teams out of the Amateurliga went to the new Oberliga while the rest of the teams found themselves in the Verbandsliga. The league was now set at tier four of the league system.
The winner of the Verbandsliga gains direct promotion to the Oberliga. The runners-up must play-off against the runners-up of the Verbandsliga Südbaden. The winner of this play-off has to face the runners-up of the Verbandsliga Württemberg for the final Oberliga spot. In 1981 no extra spot and in 1994 three extra spots were available due to league format changes.
Feeder leagues to the Verbandsliga Baden:
The term "Verbandsliga" translates as "Football Association League". There are 21 football associations within the German Football Association, North Baden being one of them.
The league champions of the league:
Source: "Verbandsliga Nordbaden". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
Since the 1978–79 seasons the runners–up have the opportunity to play–off for promotion. The following runners–up have succeeded in the promotion round:
The complete list of clubs in the league and their league placings since 1994.
|TSG Hoffenheim II||2||2||2||10||8||6||8||5||2||1||5||7||9||10||9||3||4||6||10||9||x|
|FC Astoria Walldorf||6||6||3||4||8||5||1||8||4||2||8||7||2||1||8||11||11||11||13||5||x|
|1. CfR Pforzheim 5||5||7||12||4||7||2||5||8||13||11||13||x|
|SV Sandhausen II||6||15||14||12||5||1||10||11||16||2||18||x|
|FC Astoria Walldorf II||9||11||5||4||6||2||3||1||15||17||5||1||x|
|1. FC Bruchsal||10||9||10||1||17||6||8||4||4||6||2||x|
|VfB Gartenstadt 8||3||8||1||6|
|VfR Mannheim 3||8||8||2||7||14||10||3||8||9||1||12||10||15||16||16||4||2||2||3||15||17||3||3||3||9||8||x|
|FC Germania Friedrichstal||23||10||13||7||2||4||8||7||3||12||17||5||1||16||11||x|
|Waldhof Mannheim II 4||22||9||7||2||8||10||2||2||6||10||5||12||7||11||8||13||12||x|
|TSG Weinheim 2||20||6||10||7||5||1||15||1||16||1||18||6||3||2||4||2||5||16||2||5||11||5||2||1||18||11||14||x|
|FV Fortuna Kirchfeld||1||16||x|
|1. FC Mühlhausen||0||x|
|TSV 1887 Wieblingen||2||12||18|
|FC 07 Heidelsheim||9||7||9||3||3||11||10||13||14||16|
|FC Español Karlsruhe||1||14|
|Amicitia Viernheim 6||16||15||16||14||2||12||9||11||13||4||4||15|
|SV Kickers Pforzheim||2||1||18||16|
|SpVgg Neckarelz II||2||12||15|
|TSV Grunbach 7||1||1||13||2|
|1. FC Birkenfeld||4||11||17||6||16|
|1. FC Pforzheim 5||11||8||3||2||5||3||7||2||3||12||19||4||1||16||3||10||6|
|FC Germania Forst||11||11||10||5||13||13||14|
|TSV Viernheim 6||14||12||9||10||15||16||12||10||13|
|FC Viktoria Bammental||10||1||10||11||16||5||5||11||10||11||5||7||14|
|FV 09 Weinheim 2||7||10||5||6||18|
|1, 2, 3, ...||Bundesliga|
|1, 2, 3, ...||2. Bundesliga|
|1, 2, 3, ...||3. Liga|
|1, 2, 3, ...|| Regionalliga Süd (1994–2012)|
Regionalliga Südwest (2012–present)
|1, 2, 3, ...||Oberliga Baden-Württemberg|
|1, 2, 3, ...||Verbandsliga Baden|
|Played at a league level below this league|
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