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NOFV Oberliga Süd

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Country  Germany
Current champion  1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Promotion to  Regionalliga Nordost
Number of teams  16
Date founded  1991
State  Saxony-Anhalt  Thuringia  Saxony
Current champions  1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (2015–16)
Level on pyramid  German football league system
Relegation to  Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringenliga, Sachsenliga
Teams  1 FC Lokomotive Leipzig, VfL Halle 1896, VfB Germania Halberstadt, BSG Wismut Gera, SV Schott Jena

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The NOFV-Oberliga Süd is the fifth tier of the German football league system in the southern states of former East Germany. It covers the German states of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. It is one of fourteen Oberligas in German football. Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the fourth tier of the league system, until the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 the third tier.



The NOFV-Oberliga Sud was formed in 1991 when, along with the political reunion of Germany, the former East German football league system was integrated into the German one.

The abbreviation NOFV stands for Nordostdeutscher Fußballverband, meaning North East German Football Association.

Along with this league, two other NOFV-Oberligen were formed, the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte and the NOFV-Oberliga Nord.

The league was formed from clubs from six different leagues: One club from the Oberliga Nordost, the former DDR-Oberliga, fourteen clubs from the NOFV-Liga A and B, the former East German second division, and one each from the three Verbandsligas, the new state leagues. The league accommodated therefore a wide mix of clubs from the east and west of Germany. Unlike the two other NOFV-Oberligas, it contained no clubs from Berlin, due to geographical reasons, and therefore was the only one of the three to have no West German clubs in it.

The league became one of the then ten Oberligen in the united Germany, the third tier of league football. Its champion was however not directly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga but had to take part in a promotion play-off. In 1994 the league champion was successful in this competition, in 1992 and 1993 they failed.

For the duration of the league and onwards, the leagues below it are:

  • Sachsenliga
  • Thüringenliga
  • Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, except clubs from the very north of the state
  • Brandenburg-Liga, only clubs from the very south of the state
  • In 1994, the German football league system saw some major changes. The four Regionalligen were introduced as an intermediate level between 2nd Bundesliga and Oberligen, relegating the Oberligen to the fourth tier. In the east of Germany, the Regionalliga Nordost was formed, a league covering the area of former East Germany and West Berlin. Four clubs from the NOFV-Oberliga Süd were admitted to the new league:

  • FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
  • FC Erzgebirge Aue
  • FC Sachsen Leipzig
  • Bischofswerdaer FV 08
  • The NOFV-Oberliga Mitte was disbanded and its clubs spread between the two remaining Oberligen in the east. Four clubs from the former league were added to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd.

    From 1995 to 1999, the champions of the league were directly promoted to the Regionalliga Nordost.

    With the reduction of the number of Regionalligen to two, the league came under the Regionalliga Nord. Six clubs were relegated that season from the now disbanded Regionalliga Nordost to the Oberliga. The regulations about promotion kept on changing and until 2006, the league champion had to play-off with the champion of the northern league for one promotion spot. Only in 2004 did the southern champion failed to win the play-off. From the 2006 season onwards, direct promotion was awarded again.

    The league changes in 2008, with the introduction of the 3. Liga, meant the Oberligen were now the fifth tier of league football in Germany. The top three teams of the league in 2007–08 gained entry to the Regionalliga, the fourth placed team had to play-off against the fourth placed team from the north for one more spot, these teams being:

  • Hallescher FC
  • Chemnitzer FC
  • VFC Plauen
  • Sachsen Leipzig qualified for play-offs
  • Otherwise, the setup of the league did not change and its champion was directly promoted from the 2008-09 season onwards.

    Another league reform, decided upon in 2010, will saw the reestablishment of the Regionalliga Nordost from 2012 onwards, with the two NOFV-Oberligas feeding into this league again. Three teams from the league achieved direct promotion to the new league, these being VfB Auerbach, Lokomotive Leipzig and FSV Zwickau.

    Founding members of the league

    The founding members of the league in 1991 were:

    League champions

    The league champions:

    Placings in the league

    The complete list of clubs in the league and their final placings:


  • 1 1. FC Markkleeberg declared bankruptcy in 1994.
  • 2 VfB Leipzig II had to withdraw from the league in 2000 because the first team was relegated. VfB Leipzig folded in 2004 and reformed as 1. FC Lok Leipzig.
  • 3 VfL Halle 96 withdrew its team to the Verbandsliga in 2001.
  • 4 FV Dresden-Nord renamed itself SC Borea Dresden in 2007. The club withdrew from the league after four rounds of the 2011–12 season.
  • 5 1. FC Gera 03 withdrew from the league during the 2011–12 season.
  • 6 FC Sachsen Leipzig declared insolvency at the end of the 2010–11 season and folded.
  • 7 In 2009 SSV Markranstädt sold its Oberliga licence to RB Leipzig.
  • 8 Dynamo Dresden II, Chemnitzer FC II, Erzgebirge Aue II and Hallescher FC II withdrawn from competition at the end of the 2014–15 season.
  • 9 BSG Wismut Gera was formed in 2007 in a merger of 1. SV Gera, Blau-Weiß Gera and Geraer KFC Dynamos.
  • 10 Rot-Weiß Erfurt II and FC Energie Cottbus II withdrew from the league at the end of the 2015–16 season.
  • References

    NOFV-Oberliga Süd Wikipedia