The Brandenburg-Liga (VI) (formerly the Verbandsliga Brandenburg) is the highest league for football teams exclusively in the German state of Brandenburg and at step six of the German football league system. Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the fifth tier of the league system, until the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 the fourth tier. The champions of the Brandenburg-Liga are directly promoted to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord. If the champion is from the southern part of the state, it enters the Oberliga Süd.
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||Level 6|
|Promotion to||NOFV-Oberliga Nord or Süd|
|Current champions||None |
The Brandenburg-Liga, previously referred to as the Verbandsliga Brandenburg, was established in 1990 from thirteen clubs as a highest league for the German state of Brandenburg, which was established after the league in October 1990, and the Brandenburg Football Association, FLB (German: Fußball-Landesverband Brandenburg). It comprised the area of the three Bezirksligas of Potsdam, Frankfurt (Oder) and Cottbus. Each of those three Bezirke contributed four clubs to the new league, with one club coming from the 2nd Division. The Verbandsliga was established within the East German football league system and incorporated in the league system of the united Germany after the end of its first season, in 1991.
The league was (and still is) a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord, together with the Berlin-Liga and Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which its champion is directly promoted to. As such, it was the fourth tier of the German league system.
The Brandenburg Football Association itself was formed on 28 July 1990.
The league expanded to sixteen clubs in its second season and this number remained as the preferred strength of the league.
With the introduction of the Regionalliga Nordost as third tier of the league system in 1994, the Verbandsligas slipped to tier five.
In 2008, the league again was demoted one level when the 3. Liga was established. However, this changed nothing in the leagues status as a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga.
In 2020, the FLB conducted a board conference on 11 May and decided after that to terminate the 2019–20 season due to the coronavirus containment regulation issued by the Brandenburg state government during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, therefore there was no champion. The club at the top of the table during the termination, RSV Eintracht 1949, won promotion.
While the majority of clubs from the Brandenburg-Liga go on to play in the NOFV-Oberliga Nord, one club from the very south of the state was entered into the southern division, the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, for geographical reasons, this was the FC Energie Cottbus II.
The league champions:
|1990–91||FSV PCK Schwedt|
|1991–92||FSV Optik Rathenow|
|1992–93||SV Schwarz-Rot Neustadt/Dosse|
|1993–94||FV Motor Eberswalde|
|1995–96||SV Babelsberg 03|
|1996–97||Frankfurter FC Viktoria|
|1997–98||Energie Cottbus II|
|1998–99||Brandenburger SC Süd 05|
|1999–00||SV Schwarz-Rot Neustadt/Dosse|
|2001–02||Oranienburger FC Eintracht|
|2002–03||Frankfurter FC Viktoria|
|2005–06||SV Germania Schöneiche|
|2006–07||FSV Optik Rathenow|
|2008–09||FSV 63 Luckenwalde|
|2010–11||FSV Union Fürstenwalde|
|2011–12||SG Blau-Gelb Laubsdorf|
|2013–14||SV Germania Schöneiche|
|2014–15||1. FC Frankfurt|
|2015–16||SV Grün-Weiß Brieselang|
|2018–19||SV Victoria Seelow|
Founding members of the leagueEdit
The league was established from thirteen clubs from four leagues in 1990. Most of the East German clubs changed their names in the years after the reunion, some reverted to their old ones after a brief period, current names, when different from the one in 1990, are listed. The clubs are:
From the 2nd Division-Group A:
- FSV Velten, went bankrupt in 1998, reformed as SC Oberhavel Velten
From the Bezirksliga Potsdam:
- FSV Optik Rathenow
- SV Falkensee-Finkenkrug
- TuS Neuruppin, now MSV Neuruppin
- Brandenburger SC Süd 05, admitted to Verbandsliga through a merger with Chemie Premnitz
From the Bezirksliga Frankfurt/Oder:
- Chemie Schwedt, became 1. FC Schwedt, disbanded in 1997, reformed as FC Schwedt 02
- Stahl Finow, now 1. FV Stahl Finow
- Preußen Frankfurt, merged with Post SV Frankfurt in 2010, now Union Frankfurt
- SV Müncheberg
From the Bezirksliga Cottbus:
- "Geschichte – 1990". Fußball-Landesverband Brandenburg (in German). Retrieved 21 February 2008.
- "Entscheidung über die Saison 2019/2020 im Fußball-Landesverband Brandenburg gefallen". FLB.de (in German). 11 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
- Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (in German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga. DSFS.
- Kicker Almanach, (in German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937. Kicker Sports Magazine.
- Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (in German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables. DSFS. 2006.