Oberliga Niederrhein

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Oberliga Niederrhein
Oberliga Niederrhein
Founded 1956
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Region Lower Rhine
Confederation Football Association of
the Lower Rhine
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga West
Relegation to Landesliga Niederrhein
(3 divisions)
Current champions KFC Uerdingen 05
2016–17 Oberliga Niederrhein

The Oberliga Niederrhein (English: Premier League of the Lower Rhine) is a German amateur football division administered by the Football Association of the Lower Rhine, one of the 21 German state football associations. Being the top flight of the Lower Rhine state association, the Oberliga is currently a level 5 division of the German football league system.


Until 1956, a total of ten Landesliga divisions, among them three divisions of Landesliga Niederrhein were the highest amateur level in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, after the regular season, the ten Landesliga champions had to play-off for two promotion spots to 2. Oberliga West. Upon decision of the superior Western German football association, in 1956 four divisions of Verbandsliga were introduced, one of them being the Verbandsliga Niederrhein.[1] These four divisions of Verbandsliga still exist today, with the Verbandsliga Niederrhein in 2008 renamed to Niederrheinliga and later in 2012 renamed to Oberliga Niederrhein.

The Verbandsliga Niederrhein was upon its interception the third tier of the German football league system, the league champion had to play-off the winners of the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein and the two divisions of Verbandsliga Westfalen for two promotion spots to the 2nd Oberliga West. Upon introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the league was set below the new Regionalliga West but remained as the third tier, with the exception of 1963 and 1974, when the league systems were changed, the champion continued to have the opportunity to win promotion. In 1964, 1970, 1976 and 1978, the league winner failed to do so, every other season they were successful; in 1977, the runners-up was promoted as Fortuna Düsseldorf II was ineligible.

The league operated with 16 clubs throughout most of its existence, only occasionally altering the numbers to balance out promotion and relegation.

With the replacement of the Regionalliga by the 2nd Bundesliga Nord in 1974, the league champion had to gain promotion through a play-off system with the winners of the other tier-three leagues in northern Germany.

In 1978, the Amateur-Oberliga Nordrhein was formed as the third tier of football in the region compromising the area of the Verbandsliga Niederrhein and Verbandsliga Mittelrhein. One of the main reasons for this move was to provide direct promotion for the tier-three champions again, the clubs placed one to seven in the league were admitted to the new Oberliga, these being:

Verbandsliga Niederrhein, together with Mittelrhein, remained as a feeder league for the new Oberliga, but now as a tier-four competition, its champion, and some years the runners-up, were directly promoted to the Oberliga Nordrhein.

With the re-introduction of the Regionalligen in 1994, the league slipped to tier five but remained unchanged otherwise.

From 2008, with the introduction of the 3rd Liga, the Verbandsliga Niederrhein was downgraded to the sixth tier, the league above it was then the new NRW-Liga, a merger of the Oberligen Nordrhein and Westfalen. The champion of the Verbandsliga continued to be directly promoted but since there were now four Verbandsligen below the Oberliga, the runners-up didn't have the option of promotion unless the league winner declined.

The NRW-Liga existed for only for seasons before it was disbanded again in the wake of the Regionalliga West becoming a league for clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia only. While the Oberliga Westfalen was established again in one half of the state the regions of Lower Rhine and Middle Rhine opted to elevate the Niederrheinliga and Mittelrheinliga to Oberliga status instead of reforming the Oberliga Nordrhein.

League champions[edit]

The league champions:

Season Club
1956–57 VfL Benrath
1957–58 TuS Lintfort
1958–59 TuS Duisburg 48/99
1959–60 BV Osterfeld
1960–61 SV Neukirchen
1961–62 FV Duisburg 08
1962–63 Homberger SV
1963–64 Homberger SV
1964–65 VfB Bottrop
1965–66 VfR Neuß
1966–67 VfB Bottrop
1967–68 Eintracht Duisburg
1968–69 SSVg Velbert
1969–70 SpVgg Sterkrade 06/07
1970–71 FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen
1971–72 1. FC Mülheim-Styrum
1972–73 Union Solingen
1973–74 VfB Remscheid
1974–75 Union Solingen
1975–76 1. FC Bocholt
1976–77 Fortuna Düsseldorf II
Season Club
1977–78 Olympia Bocholt
1978–79 FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen II
1979–80 Spfr. Hamborn 07
1980–81 VfB Bottrop
1981–82 Viktoria Goch
1982–83 1. FC Viersen
1983–84 VfL Rhede
1984–85 Spfr. Hamborn 07
1985–86 VfB Langenfeld
1986–87 Rheydter SV
1987–88 SV Wermelskirchen
1988–89 Sportfreunde Katernberg
1989–90 VfB Homberg
1990–91 Preußen Krefeld
1991–92 1. FC Wülfrath
1992–93 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1993–94 Union Solingen
1994–95 Fortuna Düsseldorf II
1995–96 SV Straelen
1996–97 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
Season Club
1997–98 Adler Osterfeld
1998–99 MSV Duisburg II
1999–2000 SSVg Velbert
2000–01 Borussia Wuppertal
2001–02 Union Solingen
2002–03 1. FC Kleve
2003–04 TuRU Düsseldorf
2004–05 VfB Speldorf
2005–06 SV Straelen
2006–07 Fortuna Düsseldorf II
2007–08 Rot-Weiß Essen II
2008–09 VfB Speldorf
2009–10 VfB Homberg
2010–11 KFC Uerdingen 05
2011–12 FC Kray
2012–13 KFC Uerdingen 05
2013–14 SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter
2014–15 SSVg Velbert
2015–16 Wuppertaler SV
2016–17 KFC Uerdingen 05

Source:"Verbandsliga Niederrhein". Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 19 March 2008. 

  • Union Solingen holds the record number of titles in the league with four.
  • The 2013–14 champions SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter declined promotion, FC Kray promoted instead.

Clubs in the Oberliga Niederrhein since 2012[edit]

The final league placings of all clubs in the league since receiving Oberliga status in 2012:[2]

Club 13 14 15 16 17 18
Wuppertaler SV R 3 2 1 R R
KFC Uerdingen 05 1 R R 2 1 R
SpVg Schonnebeck 5 2 x
1. FC Bocholt 6 12 3 x
VfR Krefeld-Fischeln 19 8 7 4 x
SSVg Velbert R R 1 R 5 x
TV Jahn Hiesfeld 9 4 7 3 6 x
VfB Homberg 10 9 18 7 x
Ratingen 04/19 5 15 3 11 8 x
SC Düsseldorf-West 6 9 x
VfB 03 Hilden 13 14 14 10 x
TuRu Düsseldorf 2 8 9 4 11 x
Sportfreunde Baumberg 12 14 16 12 x
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 6 7 12 15 13 x
Cronenberger SC 14 x
TSV Meerbusch 15 11 10 9 15
SC Kapellen-Erft 4 10 13 8 16
SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter 14 1 4 10 17
FC Kray R 2 R R 18
Düsseldorfer SC 99 x
VfB Speldorf 11 18 x
SV Straelen x
FSV Vohwinkel x
MSV Duisburg II R 5 5 13
1. FC Mönchengladbach 16
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen II 13 6 11 17
TV Kalkum-Wittlaer 18
SV Sonsbeck 8 16 15
VdS Nievenheim 17
Rot-Weiß Essen II 12
VfL Rhede 3 17
SV Uedesheim 16 19
PSV Wesel-Lackhausen 20
Wuppertaler SV II 7
Cronenberger SC 17
1. FC Wülfrath 18
Hamborn 07 20


Symbol Key
B Bundesliga (1963–present)
2B 2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
3L 3. Liga (2008–present)
R Regionalliga West (2008–present)
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

Founding members of the league[edit]

From the Landesliga Gruppe 1:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 2:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 3:



  • 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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