The Amateurliga Rheinland was the highest football league in the region of the Rheinland FA and the third tier of the German football league system from its inception in 1952 to the formation of the Oberliga Südwest and the Verbandsliga Rheinland below it in 1978.
|Folded||1978 (26 seasons)|
|Level on pyramid||Level 3|
|Domestic cup(s)||Rheinland Pokal|
|Last champions||TuS Neuendorf |
The Amateurliga Rheinland was formed in 1952 in the northern half of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Before its interception, three separate leagues operated in the area as the highest level of play. The league was a feeder league to the 2. Oberliga Südwest. From 1952 until the establishment of the Oberliga Südwest in 1978, it was the third tier of the football league system.
The winner of the Amateurliga Rheinland was not automatically promoted to its superior league but rather had to take part in a promotion play-off. The champion would have to compete with the winners of the Amateurligas Saarland and Südwest.
The league was established in 1952 with sixteen teams, the winner gaining promotion to the 2. Oberliga Südwest. The founder members were:
- SpVgg Bendorf
- FC Urbar
- VfL Trier
- SpVgg Neuwied
- SC Wirges
- SV Niederlahnstein
- SV Ehrang
- Germania Mudersbach
- TuS Konz
- SSV Heimbach-Weis
- SpVgg Zewen
- VfB Lützel
- SV Remagen
- TuS Mayen
- SV Trier-West
- SG Betzdorf
In 1956 the league was split into a western and an eastern group with twelve teams each. In 1963 it reverted to its old single group setup.
With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 the Amateurliga was placed below the new Regionalliga Südwest but still retained its third-tier status. It continued to do so after the introduction of the 2. Bundesliga Süd in 1974.
The SC Bad Neuenahr and SC Sinzig hold the record for years in the league, each with 22 out of a possible 26.
Disbanding of the Amateurliga RheinlandEdit
In 1978, the Oberliga Südwest was formed to allow direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd for the Amateure champion of the area. The teams placed one to five gained entry to the Oberliga while the next ten teams were put into the new Verbandsliga Rheinland, now the fourth tier of the football league system. The bottom team was relegated to the Bezirksliga.
Admitted to the new Oberliga:
Relegated to the new Verbandsliga:
- SV Leiwen
- VfL Neuwied
- SV Remagen
- SC Bad Neuenahr
- FC Bitburg
- TuS Mayen
- Alemannia Plaidt
- VfB Wissen
- SC Sinzig
- TuS Hahnstetten
Relegated to the Bezirksliga:
Winners of the Amateurliga RheinlandEdit
|1956–57||FC Germania Metternich|
|1958–59||FC Germania Metternich|
|1959–60||FC Germania Metternich|
|1963–64||FC Germania Metternich|
|1965–66||FC Germania Metternich|
- Bold denotes team gained promotion.
- The TuS Neuendorf, winner of the last two league titles, changed its name to TuS Koblenz in 1982.
- Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (in German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
- Kicker Almanach, (in German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
- Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897–1988 (in German) History of Southern German football in tables, publisher & author: Ludolf Hyll
- Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945–2005 (in German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006