1903 German football championship Final

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1903 German championship Final
Endspiel um die Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
German Football Champion 1903.jpg
Team photo of VfB Leipzig
Event 1903 German football championship
Date 31 May 1903 (1903-05-31)
Venue Exerzierweide, Altona
Referee Franz Behr (Altona)
Attendance 2,000

The 1903 German football championship Final decided the winner of the 1903 German football championship, the 1st edition of the German football championship, a knockout football cup competition contested by the regional league winners to determine the national champions. The match was played on 31 May 1903 at the Exerzierweide in Altona. VfB Leipzig won the match 7–2 against DFC Prag to become the first national champions in German football history.[1]

Route to the final[edit]

The German football championship was an six team single-elimination knockout cup competition, featuring the champions of the regional football associations. There were a total of two rounds leading up to the final. For all matches, the winner after 90 minutes advances. If still tied, extra time was used to determine the winner.

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away; N: neutral).

VfB Leipzig Round DFC Prag
Opponent Result 1903 German football championship Opponent Result
Britannia Berlin (A) 3–1 Quarter-finals Karlsruher FV (N) Cancelled
Altonaer FC 93 (H) 6–3 Semi-finals Karlsruher FV (N) Walkover



VfB Leipzig 7–2 DFC Prag
Report Meyer Goal 22'65'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Franz Behr (Altona)
VfB Leipzig
DFC Prag
GK Germany Ernst Raydt (c)
RB Germany Erhardt Schmidt
LB Germany Arthur Werner
RH Germany Wilhelm Rößler
CH Germany Walter Friedrich
LH Germany Otto Braune
OR Germany Georg Steinbeck
IR Germany Bruno Stanischewski
CF Germany Heinrich Riso
IL Germany Adalbert Friedrich
OL Germany Ottomar Aßmus
VfB Leipzig vs DFC Prag 1903-05-31.svg
GK Austria-Hungary Charles Pick
RB Austria-Hungary Ladislaus Kurpiel
LB Austria-Hungary Johann Schwarz
RH Austria-Hungary Béla Robitsek
CH Austria-Hungary Paul Fischl
LH Austria-Hungary Franz Sedlacek
OR Austria-Hungary Karl Beck
IR Austria-Hungary Karl Kubik
CF Austria-Hungary Meyer
IL Austria-Hungary Fischer
OL Austria-Hungary Kubik

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Unlimited 10 minute intervals of sudden death extra time if scores still level.
  • Replay at the referee's discretion if no winner.
  • No substitutions.


  1. ^ "(West) Germany - List of Champions". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.