The Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt (German: Sachsen-Anhalt). 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||17|
|Level on pyramid||Level 6|
|Promotion to||NOFV-Oberliga Süd|
|Domestic cup(s)||Saxony-Anhalt Cup|
|Current champions||None |
The Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt was established in 1990 from fourteen clubs as the highest league for the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, which was established after the league in October 1990, and the Sachsen-Anhalt Football Association, SFV (German: Fußballverband Sachsen-Anhalt). It compromised the area of the two Bezirksligen of Magdeburg and Halle. Each of those two Bezirke contributed seven clubs to the new league, with one club each 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 at the end of its first season, in 1991.
The league expanded to sixteen clubs in its second season with two teams relegated. In the 1994-95 season it briefly returned to fourteen clubs, then expanded to eighteen with three relegated teams. In the 2005–06 season the league contracted to 16 clubs, a setup it retained for most seasons since.
Originally, the league was positioned below the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte, together with some of the clubs from the two halves of Berlin. As such, it was the fourth tier of the German league system. Upon the disbanding of this Oberliga in 1994, the Verbandsliga became a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, together with the Thüringenliga and Sachsenliga, which its champion is directly promoted to. With this change in the league system in 1994 went the introduction of the Regionalliga Nordost as third tier of the league system which meant the Verbandsligen slipped to fifth tier.
While the majority of clubs from the Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt play in the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, some clubs from the very north of the state are occasionally entered in the northern division, the NOFV-Oberliga Nord, for geographical reasons. Three clubs so far have spent time in "exile":
- 1. FC Magdeburg (1994–96)
- 1. FC Lok Stendal (2000–03)
- FC Anhalt Dessau (1994–97), club now ASG Vorwärts Dessau
Due to changes in the German league system, the 2007-08 runners-up 1. FC Magdeburg II also had the chance to gain promotion, having to play the runners-up of the Berlin-Liga, SV Lichtenberg. Two drawn games, 1-1 at home and 0-0 away meant promotion for Magdeburg's reserve team on the away-goal rule.
|1993–94||1. FC Aschersleben|
|1994–95||VfL Halle 1896|
|1995–96||SV Fortuna Magdeburg|
|1997–98||1. FC Aschersleben|
|1998–99||FC Anhalt Dessau|
|2001–02||FC Anhalt Dessau|
|2003–04||SV Dessau 05|
|2005–06||SV Dessau 05|
|2007–08||FC Grün-Weiß Wolfen|
|2008–09||VfL Halle 96|
|2009–10||1. FC Magdeburg II|
|2010–11||FC Grün-Weiß Piesteritz|
|2011–12||Hallescher FC II|
|2016–17||1. FC Lok Stendal|
|2018–19||1. FC Romonta Amsdorf|
Source: "Verbandsliga Sachsen–Anhalt". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German). Retrieved 19 February 2008.
- BSV Halle-Ammendorf declined promotion in 2014 and 2018, respective runners-up Askania Bernburg and SV Blau-Weiß Zorbau promoted instead.
- 1. FC Romonta Amsdorf declined promotion in 2019, runners-up VfB IMO Merseburg promoted instead.
- SV Blau-Weiß Zorbau, the club at the top of the table of standings when the 2019–20 season was suspended on 12 March 2020, was promoted, using a quotient or points-per-game average rule. The season has been planned to end on 30 June after its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic in Germany. The FSA decided not to proclaim the champions for 2020.
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 in addition to the name in 1990. The clubs are:
From the 2nd Division-Group A:
- Schönebecker SV, merged to form Union 1861 Schönebeck
From the 2nd Division-Group B:
- SV Merseburg 99 was Chemie Buna-Schkopau, merged into VfB IMO to become 1. FC Merseburg
From the Bezirksliga Magdeburg:
- Rot-Weiß Wernigerode, became Germania Wernigerode, merged to form 1. FC Wernigerode, now Germania again
- Einheit Wernigerode, merged to form 1. FC Wernigerode, now Einheit again
- VfB Germania Halberstadt
- Oscherslebener SC
- SV Staßfurt
- Fermersleber SV
From the Bezirksliga Halle:
- SV Lichtenberg 47 home page - Herren: Nicht verloren, dennoch nicht aufgestiegen (in German) accessed: 23 June 2008
- Verbandsliga Sachsen–Anhalt tables & results (in German) kicker.de, accessed: 12 June 2014
- Historic German football league tables (in German) Das Deutsche Fussball Archiv, accessed: 12 June 2014
- "FSA plant Beendigung der Saison zum 30. Juni 2020 mit Abbruch". Fußballverband Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). 14 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, publisher: DSFS
- Kicker Almanach, (in German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
- Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (in German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006