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The Fußball-Verbandsliga (English: Football Association League) is usually a tier-six football league in the German football league system, covering the area of a Bundesland or a regional part of such Bundesland. [1][2][3]

As the German football league system below the tier-four Regionalliga is organised individually by the 21 state member associations of the nationwide governing body Deutscher Fußball-Bund, the league structure varies somewhat from state to state. Therefore the Verbandsliga does not exist in every Bundesland. In North Rhine-Westphalia (Middle Rhine and Lower Rhine), Saxony, Thuringia, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen and Bavaria, the corresponding sixth tier is called the Landesliga, whereas the Landesliga is only a tier-seven league in most of the other German states. Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg are divided into two or three state member associations, each running their own league system. Additionally, in some regions or states, as there are Hessen, Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein the Verbandsliga is operated in two or more groups running in parallel.

In recent years, a number of leagues have dropped the Verband out of their league name, preferring to call themselves just by the region or Bundesland they are from. The Verbandsliga Berlin became the Berlin-Liga, the Verbandsliga Brandenburg became the Brandenburg-Liga, the Verbandsliga Westfalen became the Westfalenliga and the Verbandsliga Rheinland became the Rheinlandliga. The Verbandsliga Mittelrhein became the Mittelrheinliga and the Verbandsliga Niederrhein became the Niederrheinliga, with both leagues elevated to Oberliga status in 2012.[2]


The Verbandsligas:

League Tier Promotion to Relegation to Formed
Verbandsliga Hessen-Nord VI Hessenliga Gruppenliga Fulda
Gruppenliga Kassel 1
Gruppenliga Kassel 2
Verbandsliga Hessen-Mitte VI Hessenliga Gruppenliga Wiesbaden
Gruppenliga Gießen/Marburg
Verbandsliga Hessen-Süd VI Hessenliga Gruppenliga Darmstadt
Gruppenliga Frankfurt-West
Gruppenliga Frankfurt-Ost
Verbandsliga Saarland Nordost
Verbandsliga Saarland Südwest 1
VII Saarlandliga Landesliga Saarland-Nord
Landesliga Saarland-Ost
Landesliga Saarland-Süd
Landesliga Saarland-West
Rheinlandliga VI Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar Bezirksliga Rheinland-Ost
Bezirksliga Rheinland-Mitte
Bezirksliga Rheinland-West
Verbandsliga Südwest VI Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar Landesliga Südwest-Ost
Landesliga Südwest-West
Verbandsliga Nordbaden VI Oberliga Baden-Württemberg Landesliga Mittelbaden
Landesliga Odenwald
Landesliga Rhein/Neckar
Verbandsliga Südbaden VI Oberliga Baden-Württemberg Landesliga Südbaden 1
Landesliga Südbaden 2
Landesliga Südbaden 3
Verbandsliga Württemberg VI Oberliga Baden-Württemberg Landesliga Württemberg 1
Landesliga Württemberg 2
Landesliga Württemberg 3
Landesliga Württemberg 4
Westfalenliga 1 Nordost
Westfalenliga 2 Südwest2
VI Oberliga Westfalen Landesliga Westfalen 1 Ost
Landesliga Westfalen 2 Süd
Landesliga Westfalen 3 West
Landesliga Westfalen 4 Nord
Berlin-Liga VI NOFV-Oberliga Nord Landesliga Berlin 1
Landesliga Berlin 2
Brandenburg-Liga VI NOFV-Oberliga Nord Landesliga Brandenburg-Nord
Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd
Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern VI NOFV-Oberliga Nord Landesliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ost
Landesliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-West
Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt VI NOFV-Oberliga Süd Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt-Nord
Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt-Mitte
Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt-Süd
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord-Ost VI Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein Kreisliga Kiel
Kreisliga Kiel Plön
Kreisliga Rendsburg-Eckernförde 1
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord-West VI Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein Kreisliga Flensburg
Kreisliga Nordfriesland
Kreisliga Schleswig
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Süd-Ost VI Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein Kreisliga Lübeck
Kreisliga Lauenburg
Kreisliga Ostholstein
Kreisliga Stormarn
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Süd-West VI Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein Kreisliga Neumünster
Kreisliga Segeberg
Kreisliga West
  • Some of the Verbandsligen have existed prior to their mentioned formation date under a different name. Dates given are when the leagues changed to the name Verbandsliga.
  • 1 The Verbandsliga Saarland is only a tier-seven league from 2009 onwards, after the Saarlandliga was introduced as the new tier-six league.
  • 2 The Westfalenliga is operated in two parallel groups with teams probably re-allocated according to geographical needs every new season. The four groups of Landesliga below the can feed either Westfalenliga group according to geographical needs.

Clubs in the Verbandsligen

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External links

  • The German Football Associations at