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The 1903 German football championship was the first tournament sanctioned by the German Football Association (DFB) to crown a national champion. At the time, the newly founded DFB only had about 150 member clubs in 30 mostly local associations. Every champion of these associations was eligible for play in the championship. Additionally, associations from outside Germany were allowed to take part, such as the Prague association that sent her champion to Germany.[1]

1903 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Dates3–31 May
ChampionsVfB Leipzig
1st German title
Runners-upDFC Prag
Matches played4
Goals scored31 (7.75 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Heinrich Riso
Bruno Stanischewski
(6 goals each)

Although thirty teams would have been eligible, only six eventually entered the competition.

VfB Leipzig became the first club to be awarded the Viktoria, the trophy for the German champions from 1903 to 1944. The trophy later disappeared during the final stages of the Second World War, did not resurface until after the German reunification and was put on display at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt until 2015, when it was moved to the new Deutsches Fußballmuseum in Dortmund.[2]


Qualified teamsEdit



17 May 1903 (1903-05-17) SemifinalDFC Pragnot playedKarlsruher FVMunich[5]

The German Football Association had scheduled the match to be played in Munich, but Prag protested, as they expected higher revenue, if the match was played in Prague. Karlsruhe then protested against Prague as a venue. Due to time constraints, both teams entered the semifinal stage.[5]


The match had been scheduled to be held in Leipzig, but Karlsruhe received a telegram — supposedly sent by the German Football Association — informing them that the match had been called off. The team never went to Leipzig, and was subsequently disqualified, while Prag reached the final.[7]


VfB Leipzig7–2DFC Prag
Report Meyer   22'65'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Franz Behr (Altona)


  1. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Finale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ POKALE AUF REISEN: VIKTORIA UND CO. WANDERN INS FUSSBALLMUSEUM (in German) DFB website, accessed: 27 December 2015
  3. ^ a b c d "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Viertelfinale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Viertelfinale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Viertelfinale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Habfinale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Vereinschronik". Karlsruher (in German). Karlsruher FV e.V. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1902/1903 .:. Halbfinale". Retrieved 26 July 2011.