Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
Founded 2008
Folded 2012
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga West
Relegation to
Last champions Viktoria Köln

The NRW-Liga, or Nordrhein-Westfalen-Liga (English: North Rhine-Westphalia League), was the highest football league in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2008 to 2012. It was one of the eleven Oberliga groups in German football, the fifth tier of the German football league system.

With the reorganisation of the German league system in 2012, the NRW-Liga was disbanded once more as the Regionalliga West above it would then only contain clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia. The league was replaced by the three regional leagues, the Mittelrheinliga, Niederrheinliga and Oberliga Westfalen at this level.[1]


The NRW-Liga was established in 2008 as a feeder league to the also new Regionalliga West. The new Oberliga is actually a merger of the Oberliga Nordrhein and the Oberliga Westfalen, giving the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen its first statewide league since the "old" Regionalliga West was disbanded in 1974. Due to the introduction of the 3. Liga in the same year, unlike the two old Oberliga groups who were set at tier four of the league system, the new league will be fifth tier.

The league will retain the four Verbandsliga groups of the two predecessor Oberliga groups as its feeder leagues, with the champion of each of those gaining direct promotion to the NRW-Liga. In turn, the top two teams of the NRW-Liga will gain promotion to the Regionalliga West.

The league was made up from a set quota of teams from each of the two predecessor Oberliga groups and the four Verbandsliga groups. While the top four clubs from Nordrhein and Westfalen were promoted to the Regionalliga, teams placed fifth to eleventh were headed go to the new NRW-Liga. The clubs placed twelve to eighteen were relegated to their Verbandsliga group.[2][3] From the four Verbandsliga groups, the champions will each gain admittance, unless it would be a reserve team of a club already qualified for the Oberliga. In this case, the next eligible club would be admitted.

There was some dispute about the name of the league with the suggestion having been made to rather call it Oberliga West, a league of that name having already existed from 1947 to 1963, the "old" Oberliga West. The previous league of that name was a tier one league but covered the same region. It has however been decided to officially call it NRW-Liga, short for Nordrhein-Westfalen-Liga.[4]

Additionally, the Verbandsliga groups were renamed Niederrheinliga, Mittelrheinliga and 2 groups of Westfalenliga.[5]

With the end of the 2011-12 season, after four seasons of existence, the NRW-Liga was disbanded again. The place of the league as the fifth tier in North Rhine-Westphalia was then taken up by three regional leagues, the Mittelrheinliga and Niederrheinliga for the North Rhine region and the reformed Oberliga Westfalen for Westphalia. The top three clubs from the NRW-Liga gained direct entry to the Regionalliga while the teams placed fourth to seventh had to play-off with the four champions from the leagues below to determine four additional promoted teams.[1]

Teams 2011-12

Remaining in the NRW-Liga:

From the 3. Liga:

From the Regionalliga West:

From the Verbandsliga Niederrhein:

From the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen 1:

From the Verbandsliga Westfalen 2:

Champions and runners-up of the NRW-Liga

Season Champions Runners-up
2008–09 Bonner SC Fortuna Düsseldorf II
2009–10 SC Wiedenbrück 2000 Arminia Bielefeld II
2010–11 Rot-Weiss Essen Germania Windeck 1
2011–12 Viktoria Köln Sportfreunde Siegen

Placings in the league

The final placings in the league:[7]

Club 09 10 11 12
Fortuna Düsseldorf II 2 R R R
SC Wiedenbrück 1 R R
Rot-Weiß Essen R R 1 R
Fortuna Köln 9 15 3 R
Viktoria Köln 1
Sportfreunde Siegen 11 13 7 2
MSV Duisburg II 7 11 8 3
SSVg Velbert 13 12 6 4
Arminia Bielefeld II 5 2 R 5
Alemannia Aachen II 3 6 4 6
VfB Hüls 14 16 15 7
KFC Uerdingen 05 8
SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 9 12 9
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 4 4 5 10
Westfalia Rhynern 16 11
TuS Dornberg 12
SV Schermbeck 15 14 10 13
VfB Speldorf 8 9 14
TuS Erndtebrück 15
VfB Homberg 11 16
Rot-Weiss Ahlen 2B 2B 3L 17
Westfalia Herne 6 7 13 18
Germania Windeck 1 10 3 2
FC Wegberg-Beeck 3 14
SpVgg Erkenschwick 17
1. FC Kleve 4 R 10 18
Bonner SC 5 1 R
Rot-Weiß Essen II 2 8 5
Hammer SpVg 16 17
SG Wattenscheid 09 12 18
TSG Sprockhövel 19
FC Gütersloh 17
SF Oestrich-Iserlohn 18
Delbrücker SC 19



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


  1. 1 2 NRW-Liga-Staffeltagung in Duisburg: Vereine begrüßen Auf- und Abstiegsreglement (German) WFLV website, published: 19 July 2011, accessed: 20 July 2011
  2. "Current table of the Oberliga Nordrhein". Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  3. "Current table of the Oberliga Westfalen". Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  4. "NRW-Liga Statut" (PDF). WFLV Football Association. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  5. "League reform". Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  6. NRW-Liga 2010-11 (German), accessed: 16 July 2011
  7. NRW-Liga tables and results (German), accessed: 20 February 2015


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