2. Liga
HPYBET Austrian Football Second League.svg
Founded1974
Country Austria
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toAustrian Bundesliga
Relegation toAustrian Regionalliga
Domestic cup(s)Austrian Cup
International cup(s)Europa League (via Austrian Cup)
Current championsAustria Lustenau (1st title)
(2021–22)
Websitewww.2liga.at
Current: 2022–23 Austrian Football Second League

The Austrian Football Second League (German: 2. Liga) is the second-highest professional division in Austrian football. It was formerly called the First League (Erste Liga), from 2002 to 2018.

The division currently contains 16 teams, and the champion of the league is promoted to the Austrian Bundesliga. The three last placed teams are directly relegated from the Second League into the regional leagues. The Austrian Football Second Bundesliga is currently known as HPYBET 2. liga for sponsorship reasons.

Teams and stadia for the 2021–22 season

Kapfenberger SV's ground, the Franz Fekete Stadium (formerly Alpenstadion)
Kapfenberger SV's ground, the Franz Fekete Stadium (formerly Alpenstadion)

Starting in the 2018–19 season, the former First League changed its name to the Second League[1] and expanded from ten teams to 16 teams.[2]

The 16 teams competing in the 2020–21 Second League season are:

Teams

Sixteen teams will participate in the 2021–22 season. The only added team is St. Pölten, relegated from the 2020–21 Austrian Football Bundesliga.

Due to the suspension of the 2020–21 Austrian Regionalliga, no club was relegated from last season[3]

Club Name City Stadium Capacity
Austria Lustenau Lustenau Reichshofstadion 8,800
Blau-Weiß Linz Linz Donauparkstadion 2,000
Floridsdorfer AC Vienna FAC-Platz 3,000
Austria Wien II Vienna Generali-Arena 17 500
Kapfenberger SV Kapfenberg Franz-Fekete-Stadion 12,000
Liefering Salzburg EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim 4,128
Rapid Wien II Wien Allianz Stadion 28,000
St. Pölten Sankt Pölten NV Arena 8,000
Wacker Innsbruck Innsbruck Tivoli Stadion Tirol 16,000
Grazer AK Graz Merkur-Arena 15,323
FC Dornbirn Dornbirn Stadion Birkenwiese 7,500
FC Juniors OÖ Pasching Waldstadion 7,870
SV Horn Horn Sparkasse Horn Arena 7,870
SKU Amstetten Amstetten Ertl Glas Stadion 2,000
SV Lafnitz Lafnitz Sportplatz Lafnitz 3,000
Vorwärts Steyr Steyr Vorwärts-Stadion 6,000

[4]

Relegation

The destination of a club relegated from the Second League depends upon which Land (state) of the Federal Republic it is a member. The relegated clubs join one of the Regionalligen (regional leagues) in the east, centre or west of the country. The three regional league champions are promoted to the Second League. Participation in the professional Second League is conditional on their licensing by the fifth senate of the federal league. If the licence is refused for economic reasons, one team fewer will be relegated.

Past winners

Sanel Kuljić of SC Wiener Neustadt lifts the Erste Liga trophy in 2009
Sanel Kuljić of SC Wiener Neustadt lifts the Erste Liga trophy in 2009

Champions

Club Winners Championship seasons
LASK Linz
5
1978–79, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2006–07, 2016–17
Grazer AK
3
1974–75, 1992–93, 1994–95
FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002)
3
2003–04, 2009–10, 2017–18
Wiener Sport-Club
2
1976–77, 1985–86
Austria Salzburg
2
1977–78, 1986–87
Kremser SC
2
1987–88, 1988–89
SV Spittal/Drau
2
1983–84, 1989–90
Austria Klagenfurt / FC Kärnten
2
1981–82, 2000–01
FC Admira Wacker Mödling
2
1999–00, 2010–11
SC Rheindorf Altach
2
2005–06, 2013–14
SV Mattersburg
2
2002–03, 2014–15
SV Ried
2
2004–05, 2019–20
SC Austria Lustenau
2
1996–97, 2021-22
First Vienna
1
1975–76
SC Eisenstadt
1
1979–80
FC Wacker Innsbruck
1
1980–81
SV Sankt Veit
1
1982–83
Salzburger AK 1914
1
1984–85
VfB Mödling
1
1990–91
FC Linz
1
1995–96
SK Vorwärts Steyr
1
1997–98
Schwarz-Weiß Bregenz
1
1998–99
ASKÖ Pasching
1
2001–02
Kapfenberger SV
1
2007–08
SC Wiener Neustadt
1
2008–09
WAC
1
2011–12
Grödig
1
2012–13
SKN St. Pölten
1
2015–16
WSG Swarovski Tirol
1
2018–19
FC Blau-Weiß Linz
1
2020–21

Name history

The Austrian second division has had several different names and sponsors since 1974.

(Seasons below represent the first season when the name was used)

The league was known as the Sky Go Erste Liga for sponsorship reasons from 2014/15 to 2017/18, but Sky is not mentioned on the official website 2liga.at, or in the ÖFB's 2018/19 preview articles.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Drehscheibe des österreichischen Fußballs - die neue 2. Liga ab 2018/19". Bundesliga.at (in German). ÖFB. 20 February 2018. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Schulterschluss zwischen ÖFB, Bundesliga und den Landesverbänden: 2. Liga wird mit 16 Mannschaften starten". Bundesliga.at (in German). ÖFB. 13 April 2018. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Erneut kein Absteiger aus 2. Liga" [Again no relegated team from 2. Liga]. sport.orf.at (in German). ORF. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  4. ^ Sport.de-Stadien 2. Liga Österreich
  5. ^ 2. Liga wird mit 16 Mannschaften starten[permanent dead link], 14 April 2018, OeFB.at

Coordinates: 48°14′56″N 16°21′35″E / 48.2489°N 16.3597°E / 48.2489; 16.3597