Amateurliga Schleswig-Holstein


Promotion To
Regionalliga Nord
Relegation To
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord-Ost
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Nord-West
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Süd-Ost
Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein-Süd-West
Number of Clubs
Level on Pyramid
Level 5
Current champions 2007-08
Holstein Kiel II

The Schleswig-Holstein-Liga, sometimes also referred to as Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein, is the fifth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.



The league was formed in 1947 as Schleswig-Holstein-Liga by thirty clubs in three divisions of ten, in the newly created state of Schleswig-Holstein which was then part of the British occupation zone in Germany. On 30th of August 1947, the Schleswig-Holstein FA (SHFV) was formed.

From the start, the league was a feeder league to the Oberliga Nord which its champion had the option of promotion to. Promotion had to be archived through a play-off with teams from the Amateurligen of Niedersachsen, Bremen and Hamburg. As such, the league was now the second tier of the northern German league system. The league was renamed Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein (English:Schleswig-Holstein State League) in 1948 and united in one division of twelve teams, with the bottom two teams relegated to one of the four Bezirksklassen.

In 1951, the league was expanded to sixteen teams. The number of clubs in the league fluctuated to eighteen and seventeen in 1954-55 and 1955-56 and then returned to sixteen again.

From 1954, the league was renamed Amateurliga Schleswig-Holstein.


In 1963, with the introduction of the Bundesliga, the disbanding of the Oberliga Nord and the formation of the Regionalliga Nord, the league fell to tier three, but remained unchanged otherwise, with sixteen clubs as its strength. The champion of Schleswig-Holstein continued to have to play-off for promotion, now to the Regionalliga.

From 1968, the Amateurliga reverted to the name Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein. Below the Landesliga, the number of leagues was reduced from four to two, the new Verbandsligen of Schleswig-Holstein-Nord and -Süd.


After the 1973-74 season, the Regionalliga Nord was disbanded in favor of the 2nd Bundesliga Nord. The new Oberliga Nord was now introduced in northern Germany, as the third tier of the league system, below the 2nd Bundesliga. This meant for the Landesliga a slip to tier four. The top two team of the league was however promoted to the new Oberliga. The system for promotion from the Landesliga remained mostly unchanged.

In 1978, the league was finally renamed Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein, the name it carries today. It took ten seasons for a club of the league under the new name to gain promotion again, a long stretch of nine seasons without success. Below the Verbandsliga the two leagues were now renamed Landesligen instead.


In 1994, the Regionalliga Nord was re-established, now as the third tier of the league system. The Oberliga Nord was in turn replaced by two parallel Oberligas, Niedersachsen/Bremen and Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein. For the Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein, this meant a further slip, now to tier five, but also, for the first time in its history, direct promotion for the league champion and, in some seasons, even the runners-up. In 1994, the league saw its top eight clubs elevated to the new Oberliga.

From 1999, the number of leagues below the Verbandsliga was extended from two to four and the leagues renamed Bezirksoberliga.

The 1999-2000 season saw another league system change with the reduction of numbers of Regionalligen, this however had no effect on the Verbandsliga.

In 2004, it was decided to restore the Oberliga Nord in favor of the two separate Oberligen.

The league was expanded, for the first time, to eighteen teams, for the next three seasons. In 2007-08, the number increased to nineteen. The 2006-07 league winner, TSV Kropp, did not apply for an Oberliga licence and was not promoted. Fifth placed FC Kilia Kiel applied but was refused a licence.

2008 onwards

At the end of the 2007-08 season, the new 3rd Liga was established and the Oberliga Nord disbanded, again. The four northern German states were then be the only region without an Oberliga and the five Verbandsligen sit right below the Regionalliga Nord, parallel to the two NOFV-Oberligas. At the end of the 2007-08 season, the five winners of the northern Verbandsligas played with the sixth placed team from the Oberliga Nord for one last spot in the Regionalliga. In the future seasons, promotion for the Schleswig-Holstein champion will only be available through a set of play-off matches with the league winners from Hamburg and Bremen. These three teams will compete for one promotion spot to the Regionalliga.

The Schleswig-Holstein-Liga however maintained its status as a tier five league. This fact means the league is now on the same level as other Oberligas in Germany. Accordingly, the league dropped the name Verbandsliga and simply calls itself Schleswig-Holstein-Liga. The leagues below it then adopted the name Verbandsliga.

Position of the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga in the league system

Years Tier Promotion to
1947-63 II Oberliga Nord
1963-74 III Regionalliga Nord
1974-94 IV Oberliga Nord
1994-2004 V Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein
2004-08 V Oberliga Nord
2008- V Regionalliga Nord
Source: Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein. Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved on 2008-02-29..

Founding Members of the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga

Northern Group:

  • Eckernförder SV, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • SpVgg Flensburg 08, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Husumer SV, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • ATSV Flensburg, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Schleswig 06
  • VfB Kiel
  • VfR Laboe
  • Rot-Weiß Niebüll
  • Schwarz-Weiß Elmschenhagen
  • SC Comet Kiel

Eastern Group:

  • FC Kilia Kiel, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Phönix Lübeck, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Eutin 08, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Polizei SV Kiel, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • TSV Schlutup
  • TSV Kücknitz
  • TSV Mölln
  • VfL Oldesloe
  • Preetzer TSV
  • Oldenburger SV

Western Group:

  • Itzehoer SV, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Fortuna Glückstadt, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Union Neumünster, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • TSV Brunsbüttelkoog, qualified for the new Landesliga
  • Gut-Heil Neumünster
  • Heider SV
  • Rendsburger TSV
  • VfR Neumünster
  • TuS Nortorf
  • VfL Kellinghusen

Source: Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein. Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved on 2008-02-29..

Winners of the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga

Season Club
1947-48 Itzehoer SV
1948-49 Itzehoer SV
1949-50 Itzehoer SV
1950-51 VfB Lübeck
1951-52 VfB Lübeck
1952-53 VfR Neumünster
1953-54 Itzehoer SV
1954-55 VfB Lübeck
1955-56 Heider SV
1956-57 VfB Lübeck
1957-58 Heider SV
1958-59 Heider SV
1959-60 Heider SV
1960-61 Holstein Kiel II
1961-62 Heider SV
1962-63 Heider SV
1963-64 VfL Bad Oldesloe
1964-65 Itzehoer SV
1965-66 VfR Neumünster
1966-67 Phönix Lübeck
1967-68 SV Friedrichsort
Season Club
1968-69 VfB Kiel
1969-70 SV Friedrichsort
1970-71 Rendsburger TSV
1971-72 Rendsburger TSV
1972-73 SpVgg Flensburg 08
1973-74 SpVgg Flensburg 08
1974-75 VfB Lübeck
1975-76 VfR Neumünster
1976-77 VfB Lübeck
1977-78 Phönix Lübeck
1978-79 NTSV Strand 08
1979-80 VfR Neumünster
1980-81 Eutin 08
1981-82 Blau-Weiß Friedrichstadt
1982-83 Heider SV
1983-84 NTSV Strand 08
1984-85 Itzehoer SV
1985-86 Itzehoer SV
1986-87 VfB Lübeck
1987-88 TuS Hoisdorf
Season Club
1988-89 VfB Lübeck
1989-90 VfB Lübeck
1990-91 VfB Kiel
1991-92 VfB Lübeck
1992-93 VfB Lübeck
1993-94 Holstein Kiel II
1994-95 TSV Nord Harrislee
1995-96 TSB Flensburg
1996-97 TSV Altenholz
1997-98 TuS Felde
1998-99 Eichholzer SV
1999-2000 VfR Neumünster
2000-01 Husumer SV
2001-02 Holstein Kiel II
2002-03 FT Eider Büdelsdorf
2003-04 VfB Lübeck II
2004-05 TSV Kropp
2005-06 SV Henstedt-Rhen
2006-07 TSV Kropp
2007-08 Holstein Kiel II
Source: Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein. Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved on 2008-02-29..

  • bold denotes club gained promotion.
  • In 1957, the runner-up Phönix Lübeck was also promoted.
  • In 1959, the runner-up VfB Lübeck was promoted instead.
  • In 1962, the runner-up VfB Lübeck was promoted instead.
  • In 1963, the runner-up SV Friedrichsort was promoted instead.
  • In 1968 and 1970, the runner-up Heider SV was promoted instead.
  • In 1990, the runner-up Eutin 08 was promoted instead.
  • In 1994, the top eight clubs were promoted to the new Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein.
  • In 1995, the runner-up VfR Neumünster was also promoted.
  • In 1998, the runner-up Phönix Lübeck was also promoted.
  • In 1999, the runner-up TSV Lägerdorf was also promoted.
  • In 2001, the second and third placed teams, SpVgg Flensburg 08 and FC Kilia Kiel were also promoted.
  • In 2002, the runner-up TSB Flensburg was also promoted.
  • In 2003, the runner-up TSV Kropp was also promoted.

Teams in the Schleswig-Holstein-Liga

External links


  • "Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen" - An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, published by the DSFS


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