The Thüringenliga is the sixth tier (VI) of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Thuringia (German: Thüringen). 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.
|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||Level 6|
|Promotion to||NOFV-Oberliga Süd|
|Domestic cup(s)||Thuringia Cup|
|Current champions||FC An der Fahner Höhe |
The Thüringenliga was established in 1990 as the Landesliga Thüringen from fourteen clubs as a highest league for the German state of Thuringia, which was established after the league in October 1990, and the Thuringia Football Association, TFV (German: Thüringer Fußball-Verband). It comprised the area of the three Bezirksligen of Erfurt, Gera and Suhl. Each of those three leagues contributed a number of clubs to the new league while one club was relegated from the DDR-Liga, then the second division. The Thüringenliga was established within the East German football league system and incorporated in the league system of the united Germany at the end of its first season, in 1991.
The league has been a feeder league, together with the Sachsenliga and Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, which its champion is directly promoted to. As such, it was the fourth tier of the German league system.
After having fourteen clubs in the league in its first season, the number went to seventeen the year after and was then set at sixteen, which it maintained for most seasons. It some years the number does however vary to balance out promotion and relegation.
In 1994, with the establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost as the new third tier of the league system, the Thüringenliga fell to tier five in the system but remained unchanged otherwise.
The Landesligen of Thuringia and Saxony are unique in their naming as every other league in Germany of this standing carries the name Verbandsliga. This was done so simply by choice of the local football associations (German:Fußballverband) in Saxony and Thuringia and the name could be changed to Verbandsliga if they wish to do so.
The league champions:
|1991–92||SV Funkwerk Kölleda|
|1992–93||1. Suhler SV|
|1993–94||FC Carl Zeiss Jena II|
|1996–97||SV Schott Jena|
|1998–99||1. SV Gera|
|2000–01||FSV Wacker 03 Gotha|
|2004–05||Rot-Weiß Erfurt II|
|2005–06||FC Carl Zeiss Jena II|
|2006–07||1. FC Gera 03|
|2007–08||Rot-Weiß Erfurt II|
|2008–09||SV Schott Jena|
|2009–10||BSV Eintracht Sondershausen|
|2010–11||1. FC Gera 03|
|2012-13||SV Schott Jena|
|2014–15||Wacker Nordhausen II ‡|
|2015–16||FC Blau-Weiß Dachwig/Döllstädt ‡|
|2016–17||Wacker Nordhausen II ‡|
|2017–18||Wacker Nordhausen II|
|2019–20||FC An der Fahner Höhe|
- ‡ Denotes club declined or ineligible for promotion.
Founding members of the leagueEdit
The league was established from fourteen clubs from four leagues in 1990. Most of the East German clubs changed their names in the years after the reunion, some reverting to their old ones after a brief period. Current names, when different, are listed alongside the name in 1990. The clubs are:
From the 2nd Division-Group B:
From the Bezirksliga Erfurt:
- SV Funkwerk Kölleda, now FSV 06 Kölleda
- Glückauf Sondershausen, now BSV Eintracht Sondershausen
- SC Leinefelde
- Grün-Weiß Erfurt
- Preußen Bad Langensalza
- SV Motor Gotha, now FSV Wacker 03 Gotha
From the Bezirksliga Gera:
- FV Zeulenroda, now FC Motor Zeulenroda again
- Blau-Weiß Gera, later FV Gera Süd, now BSG Wismut Gera again
- SV Jenaer Glaswerk, now SV Schott Jena
From the Bezirksliga Suhl:
- 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.