Oberliga Niederrhein

Oberliga Niederrhein
Country  Germany
State Nordrhein-Westfalen
Region Lower Rhine
Confederation Football Association of
the Lower Rhine
Founded 1956
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga West
Relegation to Landesliga Niederrhein
(3 divisions)
Current champions Wuppertaler SV
2015–16 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 2. 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

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
Season Club
1976–77 Fortuna Düsseldorf II
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
Season Club
1996–97 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
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

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

Clubs in the Oberliga Niederrhein since 2012

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
FC Kray R 2 R R x
SSVg Velbert R R 1 R x
KFC Uerdingen 05 1 R R 2 x
TV Jahn Hiesfeld 9 4 7 3 x
TuRu Düsseldorf 2 8 9 4 x
SpVg Schonnebeck 5 x
SC Düsseldorf-West 6 x
VfR Krefeld-Fischeln 19 8 7 x
SC Kapellen-Erft 4 10 13 8 x
TSV Meerbusch 15 11 10 9 x
SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter 14 1 4 10 x
Germania Ratingen 5 15 3 11 x
1. FC Bocholt 6 12 x
VfB 03 Hilden 13 14 14 x
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 6 7 12 15 x
Sportfreunde Baumberg 12 14 16 x
VfB Homberg 10 9 18 x
Cronenberger SC 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
VfB Speldorf 11 18
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

From the Landesliga Gruppe 1:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 2:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 3:



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