Bezirksoberliga
Map of Germany
Founded1988
Folded2012
Country Germany
Level on pyramidLevel 7

The Bezirksoberliga (English: Football County Premier League) was the seventh tier of the German football league system in the state of Bavaria from 1988 to 2012. The Bezirksoberligas have also existed in other states of Germany, like Hesse and Lower Saxony. In Hesse, they were renamed to Gruppenligas, in Lower Saxony to Landesligas. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Bavaria abolished its Bezirksoberligas, too, leaving Germany without such a league in senior men's football unless another federation would opt to rename or introduce a league.[1][2][3]

Overview

In Niedersachsen

With the introduction of the 3. Liga and the disbanding of the Oberliga Nord in 2008, the two Verbandsligas in Niedersachsen became the highest amateur leagues for the state. Accordingly, the two leagues were renamed to Oberliga, their new names being:

Below the two former Verbandsligas, the four existing Bezirksoberligas now became the sixth tier of the league system. On 17 May 2010, the Lower Saxony football association decided to rename the four Bezirksoberligas to Landesligas from the 1 July 2010. This change in name came alongside the merger of the two Oberliga divisions above it into the Niedersachsenliga.[4]

In Bavaria

In the state of Bavaria, seven Bezirksoberligas were introduced in 1988, each covering one of the seven Regierungsbezirke:

These seven leagues formed the seventh tier of the German league system in Bavaria, below the three Bavarian Landesligas. The leagues were abolished at the end of the 2011–12 season.

In Hesse

In the state of Hesse, the previously existing Bezirksoberligas have been renamed to Gruppenligas at the end of the 2007–08 season.

In Schleswig-Holstein

In the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Landesligas were renamed to Bezirksoberligas in 1999. In 2008, the Bezirksoberligas were then renamed to Verbandsligas. Currently, there are no Bezirksoberligas in the state any more.

References

  1. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  2. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse Archived 2011-12-07 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  3. ^ Amateurligen (in German) The German amateur leagues at kicker.de
  4. ^ Fußball-Journal Niedersachsen Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (in German) Official monthly publication of the NFV, page: 65, published: May 2010, accessed: 5 February 2011

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