2nd league (Austria)

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2nd league
2nd league (Austria) Logo.svgTemplate: Infobox football competition / maintenance / logo format
Full name 2nd league
Association Austrian Football League Association
First edition August 10, 1974
hierarchy 2nd league
Teams 16
master SV Ried
Record champions LASK (4), Wacker Innsbruck (4)
Current season 2019/20
Website 2liga.at
Bundesliga (I)
Regionalliga (III)

The 2nd league is the second highest division in Austrian professional football after the Bundesliga . From 2002 to 2018, the league was called - usually with title sponsor - First League . The organizer and sponsoring association is the Austrian Football League Association , the tenth full member of the ÖFB since December 1, 1991 . In the national league, one promoted player for the Bundesliga and three relegated teams for the regional leagues are played every year .


Current mode

From the 2018/19 season , 16 clubs will play in the 2nd division. The championship is divided into an autumn and spring season. This means that every team competes twice against every other team in the course of a season. Thus, a championship year extends to 30 rounds with eight games each.

The champions of the 2nd division are promoted directly to the Bundesliga , in return the bottom of the table in the “qualification group” of the Bundesliga is relegated to the 2nd division. The bottom three of the 2nd league must relegate to the respective regional league, although there are just as many direct promoters from the regional leagues.

Up until the league reform in 2018, a regional league champion rose, while the two remaining regional league champions played in a play-off for the second promotion spot.


The Austrian Football League (ÖFBL) is responsible and is the host or organizer for the championships of the two highest divisions, that is the Bundesliga and the 2nd league, in Austria, see also alignment .

Name history

With the reintroduction of a joint national second division in 1974, this took over the name Nationalliga from the first division, which from that point on was called the Bundesliga . However, this name only lasted for one season and the league was eventually renamed 2nd Division . In the course of the abolition of the play-off mode and the introduction of the Bundesliga as the top division in 1993, the name was extended to the 2nd division of the Bundesliga . At that time the league was also known colloquially as the 2nd Bundesliga. The second division was finally reformed in 1998, changing the name to First Division . In 2002, the Austrian electronic chain Red Zac was won as a league sponsor , so that from the 2002/03 season onwards, the division , which had been known as the First Division , was named Red Zac-First League . In spring 2008, the Austrian retail chain ADEG was won as a competition sponsor, and the first league was renamed ADEG Erste Liga with the 2008/09 season . From the 2010/11 season to the 2013/14 season there was no title sponsor and the league was called "Today for Tomorrow" First League . For the 2014/15 season , Sky Austria became the new competition sponsor and the league has been operating as Sky Go Erste Liga ever since . Since the reform of the Bundesliga in the 2018/19 season, the league has been called the 2nd division , with the sponsor name HPYBET 2nd division.

Name changes since the reintroduction:

History of the league logo:


First forerunners

Historically, the first league is not a new idea, it had already existed as a single-track second class when the Austrian football championship was introduced in 1911 by the ÖFV and was converted into the professional II. League in 1924 . At that time, however, the Austrian football championship was limited to the Vienna area.

season master
State League B
Simmeringer SC
1. Simmeringer SC

With the introduction of a national football championship in the 1949/50 season , at the end of the individual championships in the federal states, a promotion relegation was established between the regional champions from Burgenland, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria, preliminary round relegation of the regional champions from Tyrol or Vorarlberg and the Tauern League ( Carinthia and Salzburg) played in two groups of three. The first placed from these groups of three was qualified for the state league A, the second placed for the state league B and the last had to play again in his national league. The champion of the Vienna League was directly eligible for promotion. In the following transition season 1950/51 the League B (also State League B ) was created. This extended geographically to Burgenland , Lower Austria , Upper Austria , Styria , Tyrol and Vienna , clubs from Carinthia , Salzburg and Vorarlberg could not qualify. After the system of a single-track professional league was finally overturned in 1959 in favor of the regional league , discussions were held for a long time about a reintroduction.

Reintroduction as a 15/16 league

season master
National league
Graz AK
Graz AK
2nd division
First Vienna FC 1894
First Vienna FC 1894
Viennese sports club
Viennese sports club
SV Austria Salzburg
SV Austria Salzburg
SC Eisenstadt
SC Eisenstadt
SSW Innsbruck
S SW Innsbruck
1981/82 SK Austria Klagenfurt
1982/83 SV St. Veit / Glan
1983/84 SV Spittal / Drau
Salzburg AK 1914
Salzburg AK 1914

Ultimately, the decisive league reform was decided on April 21, 1974 and introduced with the 1974/75 season : The new national league started with 14 clubs, which consisted of seven relegated teams and seven regional league teams. It was only a transition season, with only one relegated team and the three promoted teams from the regional league, an increase to 16 teams was achieved, which now existed as such until 1985 , before the league system was completely reformed again. Eleven relegated teams from the 2nd division, three relegated teams from the regional leagues and five relegated teams from the 1st division created a very new composition for a twelve-league as the 2nd division, which merged with the 1st division into a play-off mode has been.

Time of the play-off leagues

season master
Middle playoff
First Vienna FC 1894
First Vienna FC 1894
VfB Mödling
VfB Mödling
VSE St. Pölten
VSE St. Pölten
SV Austria Salzburg
SV Austria Salzburg
1989/90 Donawitzer SV Alpine
VfB Mödling
VfB Mödling
Graz AK
Graz AK

The play-off leagues were introduced in 1985 and lasted until the 1992/93 season .

Return to the 16-league

season master
2nd division of the Bundesliga
Graz AK
Graz AK
FC Linz
FC Linz
SC Austria Lustenau
SC Austria Lustenau
SK Forward Steyr
SK Forward Steyr

In 1993, the 2nd Division celebrated its return as the sixteen division, but it was radically downgraded to ten teams under the new name of the First Division in the 1998/99 season . This brought seven relegated teams in the 1997/98 season .

Introduction of the ten league

season master
First division
SC Black and White Bregenz
SC Black and White Bregenz
VfB Admira Wacker Mödling
VfB Admira Wacker Mödling
FC Carinthia
FC Carinthia
ASKÖ Pasching
ASKÖ Pasching
Red Zac First League
SV Mattersburg
SV Mattersburg
FC Wacker Tirol
FC Wacker Tirol
SV Ried
SV Ried
SCR Altach
SCR Altach

From 1998 to the 2005/06 season comprised ten clubs and was played according to the same mode as is currently the case.

Relegation games from 1998 to 2004
With the introduction of the First Division as a
division of ten, a relegation was also introduced. The champions of the regional leagues and the ninth place in the ten league played for two places in the second highest level. In the 04/05 season , the relegation was abolished in favor of a direct promotion of the regional league champions.

year First leg Return leg Result
1998 SC Untersiebenbrunn - FC Austria / VSV Carinthia 2: 1 0: 2 2: 3
SV Wörgl - VSE St. Pölten 1-0 0: 1 n.V. , 6: 5 n.E. 1: 1 n.V. , 6: 5 n.e.
1999 TSV Hartberg - WSG Wattens 0: 2 2: 3 2: 5
SV Spittal / Drau - SC Untersiebenbrunn 1: 1 0-0 1: 1 ( A )
2000 FC Lustenau 07 - SV Mattersburg 1: 1 0: 5 1: 6
BSV Bad Bleiberg - FC Lower Austria St. Pölten 1
2001 ASK Kottingbrunn - ASKÖ Pasching 0: 1 2: 2 2: 3
FC Lustenau 07 - First Vienna FC 1894 3-0 3: 3 6: 3
2002 FC Hard - SV Kapfenberg 2-0 1: 5 3: 5
Wiener Sportklub 2 - FC Lustenau 07 0-0 0: 4 0: 4
2003 FC Wacker Tirol - SV Schwechat 0-0 3: 2 3: 2
BSV Bad Bleiberg - FC Blau-Weiß Linz 0: 2 4: 2 4: 4 ( A )
2004 FC Lustenau 07 - SCR Altach 2: 3 2: 3 4: 6
ESV Parndorf - FC Gratkorn 1: 1 0-0 1: 1 ( A )
1The BSV Bad Bleiberg was declared the winner due to the dissolution of the potential opponent FC Niederösterreich St. Pölten .
2The Wiener Sportklub was due to the bankruptcy of FC Tirol despite the defeat for the 2002/03 season in the second highest league.

Time as a twelve-league

season master
First division
Kapfenberger SV
Kapfenberger SV
ADEG First League
SC Wiener Neustadt
SC Wiener Neustadt
FC Wacker Innsbruck
FC Wacker Innsbruck

With the increase in the second stage to twelve clubs, the mode of a round trip round in autumn and a simple first round in spring was played for the first time in the 2006/07 season . This meant that the clubs met for the first time in a championship three times, with the award of home rights in the simple round after the placements of the previous season.

During this time, the three last-placed clubs rose from the first division to the regional leagues , while the champions of the third level moved up to the second division. Only the respective champions of the regional leagues were entitled to promotion to the first league, provided that a license was granted by Senate 5 of the Bundesliga. If a club was refused a license for economic reasons, the top-ranked of the alleged relegated members remained in the higher-ranking league, as the runner-up in a regional league basically had no right of promotion.

While the first league was played with twelve clubs, second teams of the Bundesliga clubs were allowed to participate in that. During this time the Red Bull Juniors and Austria Wien amateurs played in the first division.

The 2009/10 season , however, was the last in which the first division was played with this mode. At the end of this season it was again reduced to ten clubs, whereby the second teams in the Bundesliga had to be relegated to the respective regional league and no second team from the regional league was allowed to be promoted to the first division.

Return to the ten league

season master
"Today for tomorrow" First division
VfB Admira Wacker Mödling
FC Admira Wacker Mödling
WAC / St.  Andrä
WAC / St. Andrä
SV Grödig
SV Grödig
SCR Altach
SCR Altach
Sky Go First League
SV Mattersburg
SV Mattersburg
SKN St. Pölten
SKN St. Pölten
FC Wacker Innsbruck
FC Wacker Innsbruck

With the renewed reduction to a division of ten, the relegation mode was adjusted again. The tenth of the first division had to relegate to the respective regional league. The penultimate played in a relegation against relegation. Here, the club from the first division and a regional league champion as well as the remaining two champions of the regional leagues played against each other in a return match. The two winners of the relegation played in the first division in the following season and the two losers each in one of the regional leagues. If the champion of a regional league was not eligible to play in the first division, the top-ranked club in this regional league took its place in the relegation. So who played ESV Parndorf in the 2009/10 season in place of FC Waidhofen / Ybbs in the relegation.

According to the decision of the ÖFB, the relegation for the penultimate of the first division was abolished in the 2014/15 season and the current mode with two permanent relegators was introduced. Since then, a regional league champion has been promoted to the first division and only the two remaining regional league champions play in a play-off for the second promotion spot.

Relegation games from 2010 to 2014
With the abolition of the twelve league, relegation was reintroduced. The mode from 1998 to 2004 was used.

year First leg Return leg Result
2010 ESV Parndorf - WAC / St. Andrä 1-0 1: 4 2: 4
SV Grödig , First Vienna FC 1894 3
2011 First Vienna FC - ESV Parndorf 3-0 2: 1 5: 1
FC Blau-Weiß Linz - WSG Wattens 0: 1 1: 0 a.d. , 4: 3 a.d. 1: 1 a.d. , 4: 3 a.d.
2012 Graz AK - TSV Hartberg 0-0 0: 3 4 0: 3
WSG Wattens - SV Horn 1: 5 0: 4 1: 9
2013 FC Liefering - LASK 2-0 3-0 5-0
ESV Parndorf - FC Blau-Weiß Linz 2: 1 1-0 3: 1
2014 LASK - ESV Parndorf 1-0 1: 1 2: 1
SV Austria Salzburg - FAC Team for Vienna 2: 2 0: 3 2: 5
3Due to the bankruptcy of SK Austria Kärnten there was no second relegation game. Both SV Grödig (champion of the Regionalliga West ) and Vienna (ninth-placed team in the First League ) were therefore eligible to play in the First League for the 10/11 season .
4th At the score of 3: 0 canceled due to a storm by GAK supporters.

Relegation games until 2018
In the 2014/15 season , relegation for the penultimate of the first division was abolished. Since then, a regional league champion has been promoted to the first division and only the two remaining regional league champions play in relegation.
A special situation arose at the end of the 2015/16 season : the relegated from the Bundesliga , SV Grödig , did not participate in the second performance class, SV Austria Salzburg and SK Austria Klagenfurt received no license, so everyone three champions of the regional leagues (
WSG Wattens , Blau-Weiß Linz and SV Horn ) rose without relegation.

year First leg Return leg Result
2015 SC-ESV Parndorf 1919 5 - SK Austria Klagenfurt 2: 1 1: 2 a.d. , 1: 4 3: 5
2016 no relegation games
2017 no relegation games
2018 SC Wiener Neustadt - SKN St. Pölten 0: 2 1: 1 1: 3
5 Since the SC Ritzing as champions of the Regionalliga Ost in 2015 did not receive a license for the first division, the SC-ESV Parndorf played second place in the relegation for promotion.

Return to the 16-league as the 2nd division

season master
HPYBET 2nd division
WSG Wattens
WSG Wattens

In the 2018/19 season, following the reform of the Bundesliga, the second highest division will be played in a second division with 16 teams.


The following clubs are playing in the league for the 2019/20 season (sorted by their debut season).

Clubs of the 2nd division 2018/19
society Seat Participation since
SC Austria Lustenau.svg SC Austria Lustenau Lustenau 2000/01
Kapfenberger SV logo.svg Kapfenberger SV Kapfenberg 2012/13
FC Liefering Logo.jpg FC Liefering Salzburg 2013/14
Logo Floridsdorfer AC.png Floridsdorfer AC Vienna 2014/15
Blau-Weiß-Linz.jpg FC Blau-Weiß Linz Linz 2016/17
SV Ried.svg SV Ried reed 2017/18
SKU Amstetten Logo.png SKU Amstetten Amstetten 2018/19
SV Horn.svg SV Horn horn 2018/19
FC Juniors Upper Austria Pasching 2018/19
SK Austria Klagenfurt Logo.svg SK Austria Klagenfurt Klagenfurt 2018/19
Logo SV Lafnitz.png SV Lafnitz Lafnitz 2018/19
SKV-Logo.jpg SK Forward Steyr Steyr 2018/19
Austria Wien.svg Young Violets Austria Vienna Vienna 2018/19
GAK 1902 Logo.svg Graz AK Graz 2019/20
FC Dornbirn 1913.svg FC Dornbirn 1913 Dornbirn 2019/20
FC Wacker Innsbruck (old logo) .svg FC Wacker Innsbruck innsbruck 2019/20


The venues are arranged according to capacity.

society Stadion City / place opening capacity
FC Liefering Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim 2003 30,188
The Goldberg Stadium Grödig 1989 4.036
SK Austria Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt am Wörthersee 2007 30,000
FC Blau-Weiß Linz Linz stadium Linz 1952 21.005
Young Violets Austria Vienna Generali Arena Vienna 1925 17,500
Graz AK Mercury Arena Graz 1997 16,364
FC Wacker Innsbruck Tivoli innsbruck 2000 16.008
FC Dornbirn 1913 Birkenwiese Stadium Dornbirn 1935 12,000
Kapfenberger SV Franz Fekete Stadium Kapfenberg 1950 9,640
SK Forward Steyr Forward stadium Steyr 1986 9,000
SC Austria Lustenau Planet Pure Stadium Lustenau 1953 8,800
SV Ried Don't worry arena reed 2003 7,334
FC Juniors Upper Austria Waldstadion
(TGW Arena)
Pasching 1990 6.009
SV Horn Waldviertel Volksbank Arena horn 1958 3,500
SV Lafnitz Lafnitz soccer arena Lafnitz 3,000
SKU Amstetten Ertl Glas Stadium Amstetten 3,000
Floridsdorfer AC FAC place Vienna 1933 3,000

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The details of the league reform: this is how the game will be played from 2018/19 bundesliga.at, on December 2, 2016, accessed on June 4, 2018
  2. Bundesliga specifies direct promoters from regional leagues. Der Standard , May 13, 2014, accessed July 16, 2014 .
  3. bundesliga.at: Sky Go Erste Liga: Sky is the official competition sponsor of the second highest division ( Memento from July 11, 2014 in the web archive archive.today ), July 10, 2014
  4. ↑ The hub of Austrian football - the new 2nd league from 2018/19 ( Memento of the original from February 21, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. bundesliga.at, February 20, 2018, accessed February 20, 2018 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.bundesliga.at
  5. HPYBET new competition sponsor of the 2nd league laola1.at, on February 2019, accessed on February 27, 2019
  6. Archive link ( Memento from February 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Waidhofen / Ybbs Ostliga-Meister - Parndorf in relegation.
  7. ÖFB Bureau decided leagues format. ÖFB , March 27, 2013, accessed on July 16, 2014 .
  8. Bundesliga.at - Regulations 2nd league from 2018/19. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on November 8, 2017 ; accessed on November 8, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.bundesliga.at
  9. Data from bundesliga.at (as of July 31, 2019). This is the official number of visitors who are allowed to play a Bundesliga game per stadium. At some stadiums there are more seats, which are currently not released.