Saarlandliga

The Saarlandliga (English: Saarland league) is currently the sixth tier of the German football league system in the German federal state of Saarland. It was a new league, introduced at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Saarlandliga
Map of Germany with the location of Saarland highlighted
Founded2009
CountryGermany
StateSaarland
Number of teams17
Level on pyramidLevel 6
Promotion toOberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar
Relegation toVerbandsliga Saarland
Domestic cup(s)Saarland Cup
Current championsFV Eppelborn
(2019–20)

In the past, the term Saarlandliga has unofficially been used for what was at times the Ehrenliga Saarland, the Amateurliga Saarland and, from 1978, the Verbandsliga Saarland. The new league however carries its name officially and is not known by any other name.

OverviewEdit

The league was introduced after a decision made by the Saarland Football Association on 31 May 2008. It was decided that the new league will be operating from the 2009-10 season onwards and slot in between the tier-five Oberliga Südwest and, from then on, the tier-seven Verbandsliga Saarland.[1] The Verbandsliga remains as a single-division competition, which is unusual for the German football pyramid, where most leagues have two to three feeder leagues below itself.

To qualify for the new league, a club had to finish within the following specifications at the end of the 2008-09 season:

  • All Saarland clubs relegated from the Oberliga Südwest (V) qualify.
  • The clubs placed second to seventeenth in the Verbandsliga Saarland (VI) qualify. The Verbandsliga winner earns promotion to the Oberliga.
  • The two Landesliga (VII) champions qualify.

As the number of clubs relegated from the Oberliga from Saarland was not known at the time this system was decided on, it was determined that for every team relegated, one fewer from the Verbandsliga would qualify. In this case, the SV Mettlach having been relegated, the seventeenth club from the Verbandsliga would not gain entry to the new Saarlandliga. The clubs from the Verbandsliga not qualified for the new league are to remain in the Verbandsliga and will not suffer relegation to the Landesligas.

ModusEdit

Eighteen teams are scheduled to compete in the league since 2009-10, with a home-and-away season format. The league winner will be promoted to the Oberliga, while the two last placed teams will be relegated to the Verbandsliga. In turn, the best two teams out of that league will earn direct promotion to the Saarlandliga.

League championsEdit

The league champions:[2]

Season Club
2009–10 1. FC Saarbrücken II
2010–11 SV Röchling Völklingen
2011–12 SC Halberg Brebach
2012–13 FC Hertha Wiesbach
2013–14 Saar 05 Saarbrücken
2014–15 FSV Jägersburg
2015–16 FV Diefflen
2016–17 FV Eppelborn
2017–18 TuS Herrensohr
2018–19 SV Elversberg II
2019–20 FV Eppelborn
  • In 2013–14 runner-up FV Diefflen was also promoted.
  • In 2017–18 TuS Herrensohr declined promotion; runner-up VfB Dillingen was instead promoted.
  • In 2019–20 runner-up FSV Jägersburg was also promoted.

Founding membersEdit

The following clubs qualified for the new league, according to the above system:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aufstiegs- und Abstiegsregelungen nach der Saison 2008/09 (in German) Saarland FA website. Retrieved 14 June 2009
  2. ^ Saarlandliga tables & results (in German) kicker.de. Retrieved 9 June 2014

SourcesEdit

  • 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
  • Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German) History of Southern German football in tables, by Ludolf Hyll
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (in German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables. DSFS. 2006.

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