|Number of Seasons|
|2nd Bundesliga Süd|
|Level on Pyramid|
|Last Champions 1973-74|
The Regionalliga Süd was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the south of Germany from 1963 until the formation of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1974. It covered the three states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen.
The league started out in 1963 with 20 clubs which were reduced for the next season to 19 and form 1965 to 1974 there was always 18 teams in the league, except in 1972 when another season of 19 clubs was played.
It was formed from the eleven clubs of the Oberliga Süd which did not get admitted to the new Bundesliga and from the top nine clubs of the 2nd Oberliga Süd. The Regionalliga Süd was as such a continuation of the Oberliga Süd under a different name and a tier lower.
Along with the Regionalliga Süd went another four Regionalligas, these five formed the second tier of German football until 1974:
The new Regionalligas were formed along the borders of the old post-2nd World War Oberligas, not after a balanced regional system. Therefore the Oberligas Berlin and West covered small but populos areas while Nord and Süd covered large areas. Südwest was something of an anachronism, neither large nor populos.
The league contained some big names of German Football, having the FC Bayern München, Kickers Offenbach and SpVgg Fürth as its founder members. In later years, clubs like TSV 1860 München, 1. FC Nuremberg and Karlsruher SC found themselves relegated to the league. The league posed something of a death trap for the big names of southern German football, as only the FC Bayern München and Kickers Offenbach archived promotion from it. Kickers Offenbach also managed to win the German Cup in 1970, while still a Regionalliga side, the only club to do so.
The FC Schweinfurt 05, SpVgg Fürth, Stuttgarter Kickers, KSV Hessen Kassel, Freiburger FC and FC Bayern Hof all played in the league for the duration of its 11 season existence. Of those six, the Stuttgarter Kickers had the longest unbroken run in the second division, from 1960 to 1988, 28 seasons.
The winners and runners-up of this league were admitted to the promotion play-off to the Bundesliga, which was staged in two groups of origanally four, later five teams each with the winner of each group going up.
The bottom three, some years four teams were relegated to the Amateurligas. Below the Regionalliga Süd were the following Amateurligas:
The league was dissolved in 1974. According to their performance of the last couple of seasons, 13 clubs of the Regionalliga went to the new 2nd Bundesliga Süd. The five remaining clubs were relegated to the Amateurligas.
The teams admitted to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd were:
The following teams were relegated to the Amateurligas:
The Regionalliga Süd was reformed in 1994, now as the third tier of the German football league system, again covering the three southern German states of Bayern, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen. In something of a repeat of history, the clubs from the Oberliga Südwest merged into the league in 2000. The Regionalliga Süd now roughly covered the same area as the 2nd Bundesliga Süd did from 1974 to 1981. In 2008, the Südwest clubs will leave the league again and join the new Regionalliga West and the Regionalliga Süd will revert to its coverage of the three original regions, but now as the fourth tier of the league system, below the new 3rd Liga.
1964 Hessen Kassel FC Bayern München
1965 FC Bayern München SSV Reutlingen
1966 FC Schweinfurt 05 Kickers Offenbach
1967 Kickers Offenbach FC Bayern Hof
1968 FC Bayern Hof Kickers Offenbach
1969 Karlsruher SC Freiburger FC
1970 Kickers Offenbach Karlsruher SC
1971 1. FC Nuremberg Karlsruher SC
1972 Kickers Offenbach FC Bayern Hof
1973 SV Darmstadt 98 Karlsruher SC
1974 FC Augsburg 1. FC Nuremberg
Bold denotes team went on to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
|FC Bayern München||2||1||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦|
|TSV 1860 München||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||4||3||3||3|
|1. FC Nuremberg||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||♦||3||1||9||5||2|
|SV Darmstadt 98||14||13||14||14||8||18||7||1||4|
|SV Waldhof Mannheim||11||4||3||11||12||11||20||7||7|
|FC Bayern Hof||13||9||9||2||1||3||4||13||2||12||9|
|FC Schweinfurt 05||7||15||1||10||5||6||5||6||12||14||15|
|KSV Hessen Kassel||1||5||6||8||8||10||7||3||4||10||16|
|SSV Jahn Regensburg||15||5||10||5||16||11||18|
|FC Wacker München||17||19||18|
|FC 08 Villingen||15||10||13||9||12||18|
|TSV Schwaben Augsburg||4||16||11||9||13||17|
|1. FC Pforzheim||15||13||7||18|
|TSG Ulm 1846||8||18|