Landesliga Bayern
Map of Germany with the location of Bavaria highlighted
Founded1945 (as a Level 2 league)
1963 (as a Level 3 league)
Number of teams92
Level on pyramidLevel 6
Promotion toBayernliga
Relegation toBezirksliga
Current champions1. SC Feucht
Vatan Spor Aschaffenburg
ASV Neumarkt
VfB Hallbergmoos
FC Gundelfingen

The Landesliga Bayern sits at step 6 of the German football league system and is the third highest level in the Bavarian football league system, below the Bayernliga and organised in five regional divisions. The current Landesligas were formed in 1963, when the Bundesliga was established. From 2012, when the Regionalliga Bayern was established, the Landesligas were expanded from three to five divisions.

Previous to that, from 1945 to 1950, the Landesliga Bayern existed as a tier-two league below the Oberliga Süd.


Landesliga Bayern 1945 to 1950

From 1945 to 1950, the Bayernliga was called Landesliga Bayern. It was then the second tier of Southern German Football.[1]

The league was established after the Second World War, consisting of nine clubs, with the league winner promoted to the Oberliga Süd. After its first season, 1945–46, it expanded to two divisions, north and south, with eleven clubs each. At the end of season, the two league champions played for the Bavarian title and Oberliga promotion. In 1947–48, each division had 13 clubs.[2]

In its last two seasons, 1948–49 and 1949–50, the league returned to a single division format. In 1948–49, it consisted of 16 clubs with the top two teams earning promotion. In 1949–50, 14 clubs were in the league and the best five teams earned entry to the newly formed 2. Oberliga Süd, which became the second tier in Southern Germany. The remaining nine clubs plus seven promoted teams formed the new Amateurliga Bayern, now the third tier.[3]

Alongside the Landesliga Bayern, four other regional Landesligas existed as the second tier below the Oberliga Süd, these being:

Landesligas from 1963 to 2012

The Landesligas from 1963 to 2012.
The Landesligas from 1963 to 2012.

After the interception of the three Landesligas in 1963 the winners of the leagues were automatically promoted to the Bayernliga. The runners-up faced a relegation play-off with the team of the Bayernliga that is placed just above the relegation zone, usually the 15th placed team unless the league held more or less than the desired number of 18 teams, for a final promotion spot. Since the start of the promotion play-offs in 1981, Landesliga Süd had won the extra spot 17 times, Landesliga Mitte 8 times and Landesliga Nord only 5 times. In 1985, 1994, 1996 and 2003 additional spots were available on top of the usual four.

The German word Landesliga can be pretty literally translated as State League.

The three Landesligas cover the following areas:

From 1988 to 2012 the seven Bezirksoberligas were set below the Landesligas, covering the above-mentioned seven Bezirke. The winners of those gained promotion, the runners-up faced a promotion play-off for a number of promotion spot which vary from season to season. Previous to that, the Bezirksligas were set below the Landesligas, with the slight fluctuations in the number of leagues.

Only four teams in Bavaria have never dropped down to Landesliga level, these being FC Bayern Munich, TSV 1860 Munich, 1. FC Nürnberg and FC Augsburg, with the SpVgg Fürth, now SpVgg Greuther Fürth, being by far the most prominent club to have played in any of the three Landesligas, having three German championships to their name (1914, 1926, 1929).

Since 1980, the reserve teams of Landesliga clubs are permitted to enter the league system. Previous to that, they had to compete in separate reserve leagues, with only teams in the Bayernliga and above being permitted to enter their reserve teams in league football.[4]

Landesligas since 2012

The Landesligas from 2012 onwards.
The Landesligas from 2012 onwards.

The Bavarian football federation decided on drastic changes to the league system from 2012 onwards. With the introduction of the Regionalliga Bayern from 2012 to 2013, it placed two Bayernligas, north and south, below the new league as the new fifth tier of the German league system. Below those, five Landesligas instead of the existing three were set, which would be geographically divided to limit travel and increase the number of local derbies.[5]

The five new leagues were:[6]

The clubs in these leagues were made up from Landesliga clubs who failed to qualify for the Bayernliga, a set number of Bezirksoberliga clubs and, through a promotion round, the Bezirksliga champions.[6]

League champions

Landesliga Bayern: 1945 to 1950

Season Champions Runners–up
1945–46 1. FC Bamberg Jahn Regensburg
1946–47 FC Wacker München FC Bayern Hof
1947–48 BC Augsburg 1. FC Bamberg
1948–49 Jahn Regensburg SpVgg Fürth
1949–50 1. FC Bamberg FC Bayern Hof

Landesligas from 1963 to 2012

Season Landesliga Süd Landesliga Mitte Landesliga Nord
1963–64 TSG Augsburg SpVgg Weiden FV Würzburg 04
1964–65 SpVgg Kaufbeuren 1. FC Nürnberg II FC Bayreuth
1965–66 MTV Ingolstadt SSV Jahn Regensburg SpVgg Hof
1966–67 FC Bayern Munich II ESV Nürnberg-West VfB Coburg
1967–68 SpVgg Kaufbeuren FC Passau FC Münchberg
1968–69 MTV Ingolstadt SpVgg Vohenstrauss FC Bayreuth
1969–70 FC Memmingen FC Herzogenaurach FV Würzburg 04
1970–71 SC Fürstenfeldbruck ASV Neumarkt FC Kronach
1971–72 BSC Sendling ASV Herzogenaurach FC Bayreuth
1972–73 FC Bayern Munich II TSV Roth VfB Coburg
1973–74 SpVgg Kaufbeuren ASV Neumarkt ATS Kulmbach
1974–75 VfR Neuburg FC Amberg 1. FC Bamberg
1975–76 TSV 1860 Rosenheim SpVgg Plattling 1. FC Haßfurt
1976–77 MTV Ingolstadt FC Herzogenaurach TSV Trebgast
1977–78 SB/DJK Rosenheim FC Vilshofen TSV Hirschaid
1978–79 TSV Ampfing FC Herzogenaurach VfB Helmbrechts
1979–80 SC Fürstenfeldbruck 1. FC Nürnberg II VfL Frohnlach
1980–81 SpVgg Unterhaching FC Vilshofen 1. FC Bamberg
1981–82 FC Wacker München TSV Straubing VfB Coburg
1982–83 TSV Eching SSV Jahn Regensburg FC Bayern Hof
1983–84 ESV Ingolstadt 1. FC Nürnberg II 1. FC Schweinfurt 05
1984–85 SC Fürstenfeldbruck SpVgg Weiden SV Heidingsfeld
1985–86 TSV Großhadern FC Amberg FC Schweinfurt 05
1986–87 FC Wacker München TSV Vestenbergsgreuth FC Kronach
1987–88 SV Türk Gücü München SpVgg Weiden FC Bayern Hof
1988–89 SpVgg Starnberg SpVgg Plattling VfB Helmbrechts
1989–90 TSV Eching SSV Jahn Regensburg Kickers Würzburg
1990–91 TSV Schwaben Augsburg SpVgg Fürth SC 08 Bamberg
1991–92 SpVgg Starnberg FC Passau VfL Frohnlach
1992–93 Wacker Burghausen SpVgg Plattling VfB Helmbrechts
1993–94 SV Türk Gücü München Jahn Forchheim FC Bayern Hof
1994–95 TSV 1860 Rosenheim SG Quelle Fürth SC Weismain
1995–96 TSV 1860 Munich II SG Post/Süd Regensburg SpVgg Stegaurach
1996–97 TSV 1860 Rosenheim 1. SC Feucht Kickers Würzburg
1997–98 TSV Schwaben Augsburg SC 04 Schwabach SpVgg Bayreuth
1998–99 FC Kempten SSV Jahn Regensburg FV Würzburg 04
1999–2000 FC Ismaning ASV Neumarkt 1. FC Sand
2000–01 Falke Markt Schwaben SpVgg Greuther Fürth II SpVgg Bayreuth
2001–02 SC Fürstenfeldbruck SG Post/Süd Regensburg TSV Gerbrunn
2002–03 FC Memmingen SpVgg Landshut FV Würzburg 04
2003–04 MTV Ingolstadt 1. FC Bad Kötzting VfL Frohnlach
2004–05 Wacker Burghausen II SG Quelle Fürth FV Würzburg 04
2005–06 SV Heimstetten SpVgg Weiden SpVgg Bayern Hof
2006–07 FC Kempten SpVgg Ansbach FC Schweinfurt 05
2007–08 TSV Buchbach FSV Erlangen-Bruck VfL Frohnlach
2008–09 TSV 1860 Rosenheim SV Schalding-Heining SV Memmelsdorf
2009–10 SV Heimstetten Freier TuS Regensburg Würzburger FV
2010–11 SB/DJK Rosenheim SC Eltersdorf VfL Frohnlach
2011–12 Wacker Burghausen II SpVgg Landshut Kickers Würzburg

Five divisions: since 2012

Season Landesliga Nordost Landesliga Nordwest Landesliga Mitte Landesliga Südost Landesliga Südwest
2012–13 SpVgg SV Weiden SV Erlenbach TSV Bogen SV Pullach FC Pipinsried
2013–14 TSV Neudrossenfeld SpVgg Ansbach 1. FC Bad Kötzting TSV Dachau TSV Landsberg
2014–15 1. SC Feucht DJK Don Bosco Bamberg SpVgg Ruhmannsfelden SV Kirchanschöring TSV Kottern
2015–16 ASV Neumarkt SpVgg Ansbach DJK Ammerthal FC Ismaning FC Gundelfingen
2016–17 TSV Kornburg 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 II DJK Gebenbach TuS Holzkirchen TSV Schwaben Augsburg
2017–18 ATSV Erlangen TSV Abtswind SSV Jahn Regensburg II Türkgücü-Ataspor Munich TSV 1861 Nördlingen
2018–19 FC Eintracht Bamberg TSV Karlburg SV Donaustauf TSV 1880 Wasserburg TSV Landsberg
2019–20 No champions. Season suspended because of COVID-19 pandemic in Germany and later extended to 2021
2020–21 1. SC Feucht Vatan Spor Aschaffenburg ASV Neumarkt VfB Hallbergmoos FC Gundelfingen

Source:"The Bavarian Landesligas" (in German). Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 12 November 2008.


  1. ^ Süddeutschlands Fußballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German). p. 142. Retrieved 17 April 2009
  2. ^ Süddeutschlands Fußballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German). p. 148. Retrieved 17 April 2009
  3. ^ Süddeutschlands Fußballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German). p. 157. Retrieved 17 April 2009
  4. ^ 50 Jahre Bayerischer Fußball-Verband, p. 28
  5. ^ Attraktive Gegner, regionale Einteilung, weniger Fahrtkosten Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in German) BFV website, published: 12 February 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011
  6. ^ a b Auf- und Abstiegsregelung der Bayernliga und der Landesligen für das Qualifikationsspieljahr 2011/2012 Archived 5 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Bavarian FA website - Regulations for promotion and relegation in 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2011