The Sachsenliga, formerly referred to as Landesliga Sachsen, is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Saxony (German: Sachsen). 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.

Map of Germany with the location of Saxony highlighted
Number of teams22
Level on pyramidLevel 6
Promotion toNOFV-Oberliga Süd
Relegation to
  • Landesklasse Mitte
  • Landesklasse Nord
  • Landesklasse Ost
  • Landesklasse West
Domestic cup(s)Saxony Cup
Current championsNone


The Landesliga Sachsen was established in 1990 from twelve clubs as the highest league for the German state of Saxony, which was established after the league in October 1990,[1] and the Saxon Football Association, SFV (German:Sächsischer Fußball Verband). It compromised the area of the three Bezirksligen of Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig. Each of those three leagues contributed four clubs to the new league. The Sachsenliga 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 Thüringenliga 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 the first season, the number of clubs in the league was increased to fourteen; in 1996 the league was again enlarged, to sixteen.

In 1994, with the establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost as the new third tier of the league system, the Sachsenliga fell to tier five in the system but remained unchanged otherwise.

In 2008, the league was again demoted one level when the 3. Liga was established. However, this changed nothing in the league's status as a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga.

The league is sponsored by door and window maker WEKU and carries therefore the official name of WEKU Sachsenliga. This is an unusual fact in Germany as football leagues don't normally carry sponsorship names.

The league had, in the 2007-08 season, the unique distinction of having a former UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finalist in its ranks, the re-formed 1. FC Lok Leipzig, loser of the 1987 final.

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.

Due to the changes to the German league system, the runner-up in 2007-08, Lok Leipzig was also promoted after winning a play-off round with the runner-up from the Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, FC Schönberg 95.

League championsEdit

The league champions:

Season Champions
1990–91 VFC Plauen
1991–92 Dresdner SC
1992–93 Chemnitzer FC II
1993–94 VFC Plauen
1994–95 Dresdner SC
1995–96 FV Dresden-Nord
1996–97 SV 1919 Grimma
1997–98 VfB Leipzig II
1998–99 VfB Zittau
1999–00 Stahl Riesa
2000–01 FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf
2001–02 FV Dresden-Laubegast
2002–03 VfB Auerbach
2003–04 FC Eilenburg
2004–05 FSV Budissa Bautzen
2005–06 FSV Zwickau
2006–07 SSV Markranstädt
2007–08 FC Erzgebirge Aue II
2008–09 Dynamo Dresden II
2009–10 Chemnitzer FC II
2010–11 VfB Fortuna Chemnitz
2011–12 SSV Markranstädt
2012–13 FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf
2013–14 RB Leipzig II
2014–15 Bischofswerdaer FV
2015–16 BSG Chemie Leipzig
2016–17 FC Eilenburg
2017–18 VfL 05 Hohenstein-Ernstthal
2019–20 No champion

Source: "Landesliga Sachsen". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 10 February 2008.

Founding members of the leagueEdit

The league was established from twelve clubs from three 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 Bezirksliga Chemnitz:

From the Bezirksliga Dresden:

From the Bezirksliga Leipzig:


  1. ^ "Short history of the SFV". Saxon Football Association. Retrieved 10 February 2008.


  • 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.

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