Landesliga Hannover

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Landesliga Hannover
Map of Germany with the location of Lower Saxony highlighted
Founded 1979
Country  Germany
State  Lower Saxony
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid Level 6
Promotion to Niedersachsenliga
Relegation to Bezirksliga Hannover 1-4
Current champions Hannoverscher SC

The Landesliga Hannover, called the Bezirksoberliga Hannover from 1979 to 1994 and 2006 to 2010,[1] is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the second highest league in the German state of Lower Saxony (German:Niedersachsen). It covers the region of the now defunct Regierungsbezirk Hanover.

It is one of four leagues at this level in Lower Saxony, the other three being the Landesliga Lüneburg, the Landesliga Weser-Ems and the Landesliga Braunschweig.

The term Landesliga can be translated as State league.


Map of Lower Saxony:Position of the Hanover region highlighted

The league's history goes back to 1979, when four new Bezirksoberligas (Braunschweig, Hannover, Lüneburg and Weser-Ems) were formed in the state of Lower Saxony. The Bezirksoberligas (6th tier) were set below the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen (4th tier) and the two Landesligas (5th tier) in the German football league system. In 1994, the two old Landesligas were dissolved, while the four Bezirksoberligas were renamed into Landesliga Braunschweig, Landesliga Hannover, Landesliga Lüneburg, and Landesliga Weser-Ems respectively. Due to the introduction of the new Regionalliga (IV) the new Landesligas still remained at the 6th tier of German football, however.

In 2006, the Landesliga was renamed into Bezirksoberliga again. The new Bezirksoberliga Hannover was made up of sixteen clubs,[2] eleven from the Landesliga and five from the two Bezirksligas. A decider had to be played between the two third-placed teams in the Bezirksligas, which SV Nienstädt 09 won 2-0 over SG Diepholz.[3] No club from the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-West was relegated to the league that season, all three relegated sides went to Weser-Ems. The league was formed in a reorganisation of the league system in Lower Saxony, whereby the four regional Landsligas were replaced by the Bezirksoberligas. Below these, the number of Bezirksligas was increased. In Hanover, the two Bezirksligas were expanded to four, as in the other regions, except Weser-Ems, which was expanded to five.[4]

The Bezirksoberliga, like the Landesliga before, was set in the league system below the Verbandsliga and above the now four Bezirksligas, which were numbered from one to four. The winner of the Bezirksoberliga was directly promoted to the Verbandsliga, while the bottom placed teams, in a varying number, were relegated to the Bezirksliga. The Bezirksoberligas of Weser-Ems and Hanover form the tier below the Verbandsliga West, while those of Lüneburg and Braunschweig form the tier below the eastern division of the Verbandsliga.

In the leagues first season, 2006–07, the runners-up of the league, TSV Stelingen, had to play-off with the runners-up of the Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems, SV Holthausen-Biene, a game they won 1-0 and thereby gained promotion.[5] In the following season, only the league champions were promoted while, in 2009, the SV Ramlingen-Ehlershausen moved up a level as runners-up.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, with the introduction of the 3. Liga, the Verbandsliga was renamed Oberliga Niedersachsen-West.[6] For the Bezirksoberliga, this had no direct consequences.

After the 2009-10 season, the two Oberligas (English: Premier league) in Lower Saxony were merged to one single division. The four Bezirksoberliga champions that season were not be automatically promoted, instead they had to compete with the four teams placed ninth and tenth in the Oberliga for four more spots in this league.[7]

On 17 May 2010, the Lower Saxony football association decided to rename the four Bezirksoberligas to Landesligas from 1 July 2010. This change in name came alongside the merger of the two Oberliga divisions above it into the Niedersachsenliga.[1]


Bezirksoberliga Hannover 1979–1994[edit]

Landesliga Hannover 1994–2006[edit]

  • 1995: Damla Genc Hannover
  • 1996: Niedersachsen Döhren
  • 1997: FC Stadthagen
  • 1998: SV Ramlingen-Ehlershausen
  • 1999: VfL Bückeburg
  • 2000: 1. FC Wunstorf
  • 2001: SV Linden 07
  • 2002: Fortuna Sachsenross Hannover
  • 2003: Sportfreunde Ricklingen
  • 2004: SC Twistringen
  • 2005: SV Bockenem
  • 2006: SV Bavenstedt

Bezirksoberliga Hannover 2006–2010[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2006–07 Heesseler SV TSV Stelingen SC Twistringen
2007–08 Preussen Hameln Germania Egestorf TSV Burgdorf
2008–09 VfL Bückeburg SV Ramlingen-Ehlershausen TuS Kleefeld
2009–10 Arminia Hannover Germania Egestorf TSV Burgdorf

Landesliga Hannover 2010–present[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2010–11 VfL Bückeburg 1. FC Wunstorf TSV Burgdorf
2011–12 Germania Egestorf TSV Burgdorf SV Bavenstedt
2012–13 1. FC Wunstorf TSV Burgdorf Arminia Hannover
2013–14 Arminia Hannover Heesseler SV SV Bavenstedt
2014–15 VfL Bückeburg SV Ramlingen-Ehlershausen Heesseler SV
2015–16 Hannoverscher SC SV Bavenstedt TuS Sulingen
2016–17 TuS Sulingen SV Bavenstedt OSV Hannover
2017–18 Hannoverscher SC Heesseler SV SV Ramlingen-Ehlershausen
  • Promoted teams in bold.


  1. ^ a b Fußball-Journal Niedersachsen (in German) Official monthly publication of the NFV, page: 65, published: May 2010, accessed: 5 February 2011, archived: 19 July 2011
  2. ^ Bezirksoberliga Hannover table 2006-07, accessed: 12 July 2009
  3. ^ Entscheidungsspiel BL Platz 3, accessed: 12 July 2009
  4. ^ Spielordnung des Niedersächsischen Fußballverbandes e.V. (in German) Rules and regulations of the Lower Saxony football association, published: 16 May 2009, accessed: 12 July 2009
  5. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2006-07 (in German) publisher: DSFS, page: 260
  6. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saisonn 2007-08 (in German) publisher: DSFS, page: 238
  7. ^ Oberliga Niedersachsen 2009-10: Regulations (in German) NFV website, accessed: 9 July 2009


  • 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

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