3rd soccer league

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3rd league
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Association German Football Association
First edition July 25, 2008
hierarchy 3rd league
Teams 20th
master FC Bayern Munich II
Record champions VfL Osnabrück (2 titles)
Record player Tim Danneberg (332)
Record scorer Anton Fink (136)
Current season 2019/20
Website dfb.de
Qualification for 2nd Bundesliga

The 3rd league is the third highest division in the championship system of German club football . It became the 2008-09 season as a new pro - Liga between the 2. Bundesliga and the Regionalliga introduced.


Logo of the 3rd division from 2008 to 2014

In January 2006, the discussion about a reorganization of the amateur leagues and the establishment of a single-track “3. Bundesliga ". The aim of the reform was to create a greater performance density for the substructure of the 2nd Bundesliga with better support and development opportunities for talented players. In addition, better marketing of the third division should be achieved. A violent dispute broke out in the run-up to the decision scheduled for September 2006 at the DFB Bundestag about the participation of second teams in the first and second division. After the U23 teams of the professional clubs were initially not supposed to take part in the newly created league for reasons of distortion of competition and low attendance, several Bundesliga clubs demanded an unrestricted right to participate. In the end, a compromise was worked out that initially only allowed four second substitutes to play in the first season of the third division. On September 8, 2006, the introduction of the single-track 3rd division was finally decided at an extraordinary DFB Bundestag. For the first season, half of the clubs from the existing regional leagues North and South were able to qualify, plus four relegated teams from the 2nd Bundesliga . For the time being, the third German soccer division is supported and administered by the DFB and has therefore been the top division since the 2008/09 season that is exclusively organized by the DFB. Since the DFL is responsible for organizing the national leagues, the new class is not called the 3rd Bundesliga . On April 10, 2008, the DFB presented the logo for the new division to the public.

Map of the champions of the 3rd division

In contrast to the introduction of the 2nd division in 1974 or the merging of the north and south seasons to form the single-track 2. Bundesliga for the 1981/82 season , there was no multi-year rating when determining the participants for the first season of the new 3rd division. It was only the performance of the teams in the qualifying period of the regional league season 2007/08. The teams that were in places three to ten in the final tables of the two regional league relays were athletically qualified for the third division. In addition, there were the four second division relegated from the 2007/08 season. The regional league players who were not qualified for the new division after completing the admission process competed in the new three-pronged fourth-division regional league, provided they were granted a license to do so.

The first game of the 3rd division was played on July 25, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. in the Steigerwald Stadium in Erfurt by FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and SG Dynamo Dresden . The game ended 0-1 and was broadcast live on MDR television . The first goal scorer in the 3rd division was Halil Savran , the first table leader of SC Paderborn 07 . The first champion of the 3rd division was 1. FC Union Berlin on May 9, 2009 , who received the eight and a half kilogram silver championship trophy.

In the 2018/19 season , for the first time in the history of the third division, four relegated teams were determined, and for the first time there were regular Monday games. Furthermore, for the first time no U23 team from a higher-class club was able to qualify for the league. With the relegation of the last founding member of the third division, FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, in the preseason, for the first time, no team that had been part of the league without interruption took part in the game. In addition, at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season , the DFB and Adidas signed a partner contract that will run until the end of the 2021/2022 season , according to which the company provides a uniform match ball; in all previous seasons each club had its own ball sponsor. The first ball provided by Adidas for all clubs was the Telstar 18 , which was also used at the 2018 World Cup .

Logo of the 3rd division from the 2019/20 season

For the 2019/20 season , as in the two national leagues, warnings for club officials were introduced in the form of cards. On the 13th match day, the DFB expanded the regulation by an addition - as with players, club officials are threatened with suspension of more than one game, as well as yellow card suspensions, after being sent off after being checked by the competent authority. In view of the global COVID-19 pandemic , gaming operations had to be temporarily suspended after 27 match days on March 11, 2020, and finally completely ceased on March 16; the measure initially applied until at least April 30 of the same year. On April 3, the DFB announced extensive changes to the game rules as a result. Among other things, it was also possible to carry out seasonal operations beyond June 30, 2020, in which case the following season would open later than the planned time or, if necessary, not take place at all. Ultimately, the final game day took place on July 4th. In addition, any application to open insolvency proceedings within the 2019/20 season would no longer result in a point deduction, in the following season only three points would be deducted instead of the usual nine; From the 2021/22 season onwards , the usual regulation should apply again. On May 21, it was decided to resume game operations on May 30, and the DFB and DFL had worked out a hygiene concept for all three leagues with the help of the "Sports Medicine / Special Game Operations Task Force". In parallel to the two national leagues, the DFB increased the substitution quota per team from three to five players for the 3rd division before the end of the season. Likewise, in the third-highest German division, no staging in front of spectators is allowed.

Game mode

season Third division champions
2008/09 1. FC Union Berlin
2009/10 VfL Osnabrück
2010/11 Eintracht Braunschweig
2011/12 SV Sandhausen
2012/13 Karlsruher SC
2013/14 1. FC Heidenheim
2014/15 Arminia Bielefeld
2015/16 Dynamo Dresden
2016/17 MSV Duisburg
2017/18 1. FC Magdeburg
2018/19 VfL Osnabrück
2019/20 FC Bayern Munich II

Since the first season in 2008/09, 20 clubs have been playing for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. The first two teams are promoted directly, the third in the table has to play for promotion in two playoffs in the relegation against the third from bottom of the 2nd Bundesliga. The last three clubs (four from the 2018/19 season) will be relegated to the fourth-class regional league and will be replaced by four (three until 2018/19) promoted teams from the regional leagues . The four best teams in the league qualify for the DFB Cup .

In the founding year, a maximum of four second teams from clubs in the two national leagues could qualify for the third division. However, this rule was subsequently suspended. If there had been too many second teams in the 3rd division, the regulations would have been revised in 2010. But there were never more than four second representatives in the league at the same time in the first three seasons. In return, the clubs of the national leagues waived the right to compete with their second teams in the DFB Cup competition. In addition, the second representations are not entitled to a share of the television money.

U-23 scheme

All top teams in the 3rd division are obliged to list at least four players on the score sheet for each game who are eligible to play for a DFB selection team and who have not yet reached the age of 23 on July 1st of the respective season. Second teams from the first and second division may use a maximum of three players who have reached the age of 23 on July 1 at the same time in a game.


Since the establishment of the 3rd division in 2008, a total of 60 clubs have played in this division. Are represented for the first time in the league in the season 2020/21 of SC Verl , Türkgücü Munich and VfB Lübeck . The last club that has been represented in the 3rd division without interruption since it was founded in 2008 is FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , which was relegated in 2018 . The longest uninterrupted club playing in the league was SV Wehen Wiesbaden , which from 2009 until its promotion to the second division in 2019, i.e. H. Had played in the 3rd division for ten years and also leads the all-time table. The clubs that have remained the longest at the moment are Hansa Rostock and Hallesche FC , which have remained in this division since 2012. The clubs with the currently most - ten - seasons in the 3rd division are SV Wehen Wiesbaden and SpVgg Unterhaching .

Clubs of the 2020/21 season

Clubs of the 3rd division 2020/21

2 relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga :

14 teams from the previous season:

4 newcomers from the regional leagues :

Stadiums 2020/21

Flyeralarm Arena Würzburg
Rudolf Harbig Stadium Dresden
Carl Benz Stadium Mannheim
Ostseestadion Rostock
Lohmühle Lübeck
Fritz Walter Stadium Kaiserslautern
society Stadion capacity
KFC Uerdingen 1 Merkur Spiel-Arena Düsseldorf 54,600
1. FC Kaiserslautern Fritz Walter Stadium 49,850
Dynamo Dresden Rudolf Harbig Stadium 32,123
MSV Duisburg Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena 31,500
1. FC Magdeburg MDCC arena 30,098
Hansa Rostock Ostseestadion 29,000
SV Waldhof Mannheim Carl Benz Stadium 24,302
FC Ingolstadt 04 Audi sports park 15,200
Hallescher FC Natural gas sports park 15,057
SpVgg Unterhaching Unterhaching sports park 15.053
SC Verl 2 Benteler Arena Paderborn 15,000
TSV 1860 Munich Municipal stadium on Grünwalder Strasse 15,000
FC Bayern Munich II
SV Meppen Hänsch Arena 13,815
Türkgücü Munich 3 Flyeralarm Arena Würzburg 13,090
SV Wehen Wiesbaden Brita Arena 12,566
VfB Lübeck Wage Mill 10,800
FSV Zwickau GGZ arena 10.134
FC Viktoria Cologne Höhenberg sports park 10,001
1. FC Saarbrücken 4th Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion Völklingen 06,800
1Since the Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld does not currently meet the requirements of the 3rd division, the KFC Uerdingen plays its home games in Düsseldorf.
2Since the Sportclub Arena in Verl does not currently meet the requirements of the 3rd division, SC Verl plays its home games in Paderborn.
3Türkgücü Munich has named the Würzburg Flyeralarm Arena as the fully available venue. In addition, home games are to take place in the stadium on Grünwalder Strasse and in the Munich Olympic Stadium .
4thSince the renovation of the Ludwigsparkstadion is delayed, 1. FC Saarbrücken has to play its home games in a different stadium. In the event of an exception, this is the previous alternative venue in Völklingen, otherwise the PSD Bank Arena in Frankfurt am Main .


With an annual turnover of 186 million euros (as of 2017/18), the 3rd soccer league was ahead of the Austrian Bundesliga , the Swedish Fotbollsallsvenskan , the Scottish Premiership or the Greek Super League and well ahead of the German ice hockey league , the Handball Bundesliga and Basketball Bundesliga (see: List of sports leagues by turnover ).

License terms

In addition to sporting qualifications, the clubs concerned must also meet the economic and technical-organizational requirements that are mandatory by the DFB Presidium. These include that the capacity of the stadiums in the 3rd division must be more than 10,000 seats (of which 2000 seats); of these spaces, in turn, at least a third must be covered. A stadium capacity of 5000 seats is sufficient for second teams. The coaches must have completed the football teacher training course.

In particular, the conditions relating to the arcade infrastructure repeatedly prompt potential climbers from the subordinate regional leagues not to submit any licensing documents; for example SV Rödinghausen or Berliner AK 07 , both of which play in stadiums that are clearly too small. On the other hand, cases such as that of KFC Uerdingen 05 , 1. FC Saarbrücken or Türkgücü Munich show that even a temporary game in alternative venues is just as problematic as the search for one.

Broadcast rights

The media rights contract with SportA , the sports rights agency of the German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF , ran until the end of the 2017/2018 season. Under this contract, the ARD and its third programs broadcast at least 100, a maximum of 120 games and the promotion games to the 3rd league live. The third programs broadcast further games via live stream on the Internet . This reached an average of around four million viewers. In addition, the ARD sports show showed summaries of selected games on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Since the start of the 2017/2018 season, Telekom has been broadcasting all games for customers and subscribers as internet live streams. A new contract will come into force from the 2018/2019 season to the 2021/22 season, with which SportA and Telekom will jointly hold the media rights to the 3rd division. The ARD and its regional broadcasters will then show 86 games from the 3rd division and the promotion games to the 3rd division live.

The clubs in the 3rd division have each received well over a million euros for television rights since the 2018/19 season, around 40 percent more than before. When the third division was introduced, the clubs received a total of 10 million euros. Since the 2009/10 season, the annual payout has been 12.8 million euros. The second teams of professional clubs do not participate in the television money.

Audience numbers

The number of spectators in the third division varies greatly. Big city traditional clubs like Dynamo Dresden , 1. FC Kaiserslautern , 1. FC Magdeburg , Hansa Rostock , MSV Duisburg , Arminia Bielefeld , Karlsruher SC , Alemannia Aachen , Eintracht Braunschweig , 1860 Munich and Fortuna Düsseldorf , but also the ambitious newcomer RB Leipzig often had one Average attendance of well over 10,000 viewers per game. Dynamo Dresden achieved the highest value with an average of 27,500 spectators in the 2015/16 season. For the second Bundesliga teams, the average attendance is often less than 1500 spectators per game. Werder Bremen II had the lowest value in the 2011/12 season with an average of 626. In the 2018/19 season, more than three million viewers were registered for the first time with an average of over 8,000, and six clubs achieved a five-digit average attendance.

season All in all per game
2008/09 2,136,190 5622
2009/10 1,951,798 5136
2010/11 2,125,282 5593
2011/12 1,737,336 4572
2012/13 2,340,861 6160
2013/14 2,321,252 6109
2014/15 2,563,562 6746
2015/16 2,687,035 7071
2016/17 2,268,748 5970
2017/18 2,345,390 6172
2018/19 3,090,122 8132
2019/20 1 2,326,721 6123

Overall, the 3rd league has audience figures that are comparable to the second soccer leagues in Italy ( Serie B ), France ( Ligue 2 ) and Spain ( Segunda División ). Only the third-rate English Football League One has similarly high or higher attendance figures.

In the 2014/15 season, for the first time, more spectators per game came in the 3rd division than in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL). Since then, the average has always been just above that of the DEL. Right from the start, the average number of spectators in the 3rd division exceeded that of the handball and basketball Bundesliga .

1Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , spectators were no longer allowed to be present in the stadiums from matchday 28, which resulted in reduced values. In addition, the values ​​are based on data from the DFB .

Economic situation of the clubs

Since its first season, the 3rd league has had a higher turnover than the first-class German leagues in all other sports. For a number of clubs their participation in the 3rd division ended with major financial problems. In 2009 the Stuttgarter Kickers got down after the DFB had imposed a three-point deduction for a loan that was not repaid on time. In addition, Kickers Emden had to withdraw its application for a license for the 3rd division for economic reasons. In 2010/11 , the opening of insolvency proceedings resulted in the forced relegation of Rot Weiss Ahlen . In the same season the TuS Koblenz waived their right to start for the following third division season due to financial bottlenecks. 2013 was Alemannia Aachen after the opening of bankruptcy early relegated fixed and kickers Offenbach was the withdrawn third division license . 2016/17 presented VfR Aalen and FSV Frankfurt insolvency applications. Both clubs were deducted nine points, which meant relegation for FSV Frankfurt. In March 2018, Rot-Weiß Erfurt filed for insolvency, followed by Chemnitzer FC in April . Both clubs were relegated after deducting ten or nine points. Several other clubs are constantly threatened with bankruptcy.

At a press conference in mid-October 2019, the DFB published the balance sheet report for the 2018/19 season . A record turnover of 185 million euros was offset by an average loss of 1.5 million euros, which meant a new negative record. It was also the ninth of eleven years in which the clubs showed overall deficits, while seven clubs were still able to generate a profit. One of the main drivers of this situation, according to the report, was increased spending on human resources, especially on player transfers and salaries. The average earnings of a third division player for 2018/19 was given as around 7,000 euros. In addition, the number of spectators in the stadiums continued to rise, but in return it fell significantly on television.

Financial fair play and promotion of young talent

In order to counteract the problem, the DFB decided in September 2018 to introduce so-called financial fair play in the 3rd division as well as a youth development fund to improve the economic situation of the clubs and strengthen their talent development. A total of around € 3.5 million is to be distributed to the clubs. Up to € 550,000 is to be shared equally among clubs with “positive seasonal results” and clubs that “have achieved or even exceeded their target season goal”. A further € 2.95 million is to flow into the youth development of the participants, whereby the use of U21 players with German nationality should have a positive effect on the distribution rate per club.

The pots are distributed in September at the end of a season. With the first distribution, Hansa Rostock received the highest amount for the top position in the categories “positive annual result” and “planned quality” after a record turnover of 19 million euros in the 2018/19 season .

Seasonal balance sheets

Promoted and relegated from the 3rd division

season Promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga three relegated to the regional leagues
2008/09 1. FC Union Berlin , Fortuna Düsseldorf , SC Paderborn 07 Kickers Emden (relegation to the Oberliga) 2 , VfR Aalen , Stuttgarter Kickers
2009/10 VfL Osnabrück , FC Erzgebirge Aue , FC Ingolstadt 04 Borussia Dortmund II , Holstein Kiel , Wuppertaler SV
2010/11 Eintracht Braunschweig , Hansa Rostock , Dynamo Dresden TuS Koblenz 3 , FC Bayern Munich II , Rot Weiss Ahlen (relegation to the Oberliga) 4
2011/12 SV Sandhausen , VfR Aalen , SSV Jahn Regensburg FC Carl Zeiss Jena , Rot-Weiß Oberhausen , Werder Bremen II
2012/13 Karlsruher SC , Arminia Bielefeld Kickers Offenbach 5 , SV Babelsberg 03 , Alemannia Aachen
2013/14 1. FC Heidenheim , RB Leipzig , SV Darmstadt 98 SV Elversberg , Wacker Burghausen , 1. FC Saarbrücken
2014/15 Arminia Bielefeld , MSV Duisburg Borussia Dortmund II , SpVgg Unterhaching , SSV Jahn Regensburg
2015/16 Dynamo Dresden , FC Erzgebirge Aue , Würzburger Kickers Stuttgarter Kickers , Energie Cottbus , VfB Stuttgart II
2016/17 MSV Duisburg , Holstein Kiel , SSV Jahn Regensburg SC Paderborn 07 6 , 1. FSV Mainz 05 II , FSV Frankfurt
2017/18 1. FC Magdeburg , SC Paderborn 07 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , Chemnitzer FC , Werder Bremen II
season Promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga four relegated to the regional leagues
2018/19 VfL Osnabrück , Karlsruher SC , SV Wehen Wiesbaden Energie Cottbus , Sportfreunde Lotte , SC Fortuna Cologne , VfR Aalen
2019/20 Würzburger Kickers , Eintracht Braunschweig Chemnitzer FC , Prussia Munster , SG Sonnenhof Großaspach , FC Carl Zeiss Jena
2The table sixth Kickers Emden withdrew for financial reasons in the Oberliga Niedersachsen-West . Wacker Burghausen , who was relegated in eighth place in the table, remained in the 3rd division.
3The table eleventh TuS Koblenz did not apply for a license for the 3rd league and was relegated to the Regionalliga West . Werder Bremen II , who were relegated as eighth in the table, remained in the third division.
4thBecause of the opening of insolvency proceedings, the seventeenth Rot Weiss Ahlen was downgraded to the last place in the table. The club gave up its starting place in the regional league and was relegated to the NRW league . As a result, Wacker Burghausen moved up to seventeenth place in the table and held the class.
5The fifteenth table Kickers Offenbach was denied the license for the following season of the 3rd league, the club was relegated to the Regionalliga Südwest . The SV Darmstadt 98 , as a table Eighteenth relegated sporty, characterized remained in the third league.
6thThe second division relegated TSV 1860 Munich did not apply for a license for the third division season 2017/18. The SC Paderborn 07 , relegated as table eighteenth, remained in the 3rd division.

Moved up and relegated to the 3rd division

season three relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga three newcomers from the regional leagues (north, south, west)
2008/09 VfL Osnabrück , FC Ingolstadt 04 , SV Wehen Wiesbaden Holstein Kiel , 1.FC Heidenheim , Borussia Dortmund II
2009/10 Hansa Rostock , TuS Koblenz , Rot Weiss Ahlen SV Babelsberg 03 , VfR Aalen , 1. FC Saarbrücken
2010/11 VfL Osnabrück , Rot-Weiß Oberhausen , Arminia Bielefeld Chemnitzer FC , SV Darmstadt 98 , Prussia Munster
2011/12 Karlsruher SC , Alemannia Aachen , Hansa Rostock Hallescher FC , Stuttgarter Kickers , Borussia Dortmund II
season Relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga three newcomers from the regional leagues (Bavaria, North, Northeast, Southwest or West)
2012/13 MSV Duisburg 7 , SSV Jahn Regensburg Holstein Kiel (north), RB Leipzig (northeast), SV Elversberg (southwest)
2013/14 Arminia Bielefeld , Dynamo Dresden , Energie Cottbus SG Sonnenhof Großaspach , 1. FSV Mainz 05 II (both south-west), SC Fortuna Cologne (west)
2014/15 VfR Aalen , FC Erzgebirge Aue Werder Bremen II (North), 1. FC Magdeburg (Northeast), Würzburger Kickers (Bavaria)
2015/16 SC Paderborn 07 , FSV Frankfurt , MSV Duisburg SSV Jahn Regensburg (Bavaria), FSV Zwickau (northeast), Sportfreunde Lotte (west)
2016/17 Karlsruher SC , Würzburger Kickers , TSV 1860 Munich 8 SV Meppen (North), SpVgg Unterhaching (Bavaria), FC Carl Zeiss Jena (Northeast)
2017/18 1. FC Kaiserslautern , Eintracht Braunschweig KFC Uerdingen (West), TSV 1860 Munich (Bavaria), Energie Cottbus (Northeast)
season Relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga four newcomers from the regional leagues (Bavaria, North, Northeast, Southwest or West)
2018/19 MSV Duisburg , 1. FC Magdeburg , FC Ingolstadt FC Bayern Munich II (Bayern), SV Waldhof Mannheim (southwest), Chemnitzer FC (northeast), FC Viktoria Köln (west)
2019/20 SV Wehen Wiesbaden , Dynamo Dresden 1.FC Saarbrücken (southwest), VfB Lübeck (north), Türkgücü Munich (Bavaria), SC Verl (west)
7thIn sporting terms, SV Sandhausen was relegated as seventeenth in the table, but on May 28, 2013, MSV Duisburg was refused the license for the following season. This decision became final when it was confirmed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration of the DFB on June 19, 2013.
8thTSV 1860 Munich - who had been relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga athletically qualified for the 2017/18 season - had not submitted any documents for admission to the 3rd division. Instead, he played the season in the fourth-class Bavarian regional league.


Record player in the 3rd division
rank player Societies) Games
01 Tim Danneberg Eintracht Braunschweig , SV Sandhausen , Holstein Kiel , Chemnitzer FC , VfL Osnabrück 332
02 Alf Mintzel SV Sandhausen , SV Wehen Wiesbaden 325
03 Anton Fink SpVgg Unterhaching , VfR Aalen , Chemnitzer FC , Karlsruher SC 324
04th Robert Muller FC Carl Zeiss Jena , Holstein Kiel , Hansa Rostock , SV Wehen Wiesbaden , VfR Aalen , KFC Uerdingen 05 , Energie Cottbus 314
05 Thomas Geyer VfB Stuttgart II , SV Wehen Wiesbaden , VfR Aalen 306
06th David Pisot VfB Stuttgart II , FC Ingolstadt 04 , VfL Osnabrück , Karlsruher SC 287
07th Julian Leist Stuttgarter Kickers , FC Bayern Munich II , SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 288
08th Fabian Stenzel FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , Chemnitzer FC 269
09 Maik cone Dynamo Dresden , Chemnitzer FC , Holstein Kiel , SC Fortuna Cologne 267
10 Tobias Rühle VfB Stuttgart II , 1. FC Heidenheim , Stuttgarter Kickers , SG Sonnenhof Großaspach , Prussia Munster , KFC Uerdingen 05 260
Status: end of season 2019/20
Record scorer in the 3rd division
rank player society Gates
1 Anton Fink SpVgg Unterhaching , VfR Aalen , Chemnitzer FC , Karlsruher SC 136
2 Marcel Ziemer SV Wehen Wiesbaden , 1. FC Saarbrücken , Hansa Rostock 074
3 Zlatko Janjić SV Wehen Wiesbaden , MSV Duisburg , SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 067
4th Manuel Schäffler Holstein Kiel , SV Wehen Wiesbaden 064
Dominik Stroh-Engel SV Wehen Wiesbaden , SV Babelsberg 03 , SV Darmstadt 98 , Karlsruher SC , SpVgg Unterhaching
6th Soufian Benyamina FC Carl Zeiss Jena , VfB Stuttgart II , Prussia Munster , SV Wehen Wiesbaden , Hansa Rostock 062
7th Christian Beck 1. FC Magdeburg 060
8th Marcel Reichwein Wuppertaler SV , SSV Jahn Regensburg , FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , Prussia Munster 059
9 Pascal Testroet Werder Bremen II , Kickers Offenbach , Arminia Bielefeld , VfL Osnabrück , Dynamo Dresden 058
10 Marc Schnatterer 1. FC Heidenheim 057
Status: end of season 2019/20

Players in bold were active in the third division for the club in bold in the 2019/20 season.

Player of the month / Player of the season

Since the 2009/10 season, the internet platform fussball.de has been voting for “Third League Player of the Month” together with dfb.de. The coaches of the 20 teams nominate a total of five players in the calendar months with play, one of whom is voted player of the month via internet voting. At the end of the season, the monthly winners will then be available for voting in a further internet vote for “Third League Player of the Season”.

Player of the year
season 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
2009/10 Björn Lindemann
(VfL Osnabrück)
Tobias Schweinsteiger
(SpVgg Unterhaching)
Najeh Braham
(FC Erzgebirge Aue)
2010/11 Alexander Esswein
(Dynamo Dresden)
Björn Ziegenbein
(Hansa Rostock)
Dennis Kruppke
(Eintracht Braunschweig)
2011/12 Fabian Klos
(Arminia Bielefeld)
Anton Fink
(Chemnitzer FC)
Tobias Schweinsteiger
(SSV Jahn Regensburg)
2012/13 Hakan Çalhanoğlu
(Karlsruher SC)
Ondřej Smetana
(Hansa Rostock)
Koen van der Biezen
(Karlsruher SC)
2013/14 Dominik Kaiser
(RB Leipzig)
Dominik Stroh-Engel
(SV Darmstadt 98)
2014/15 Fabian Klos
(Arminia Bielefeld)
Rafael Kazior
(Holstein Kiel)
2015/16 Justin Eilers
(Dynamo Dresden)
Christian Tiffert
(FC Erzgebirge Aue)
Michael Hefele
(Dynamo Dresden)
2016/17 Fabian Schnellhardt
(MSV Duisburg)
Erik Thommy
(SSV Jahn Regensburg)
Dominick Drexler
(Holstein Kiel)
2017/18 Philip Türpitz
(1. FC Magdeburg)
Sven Michel
(SC Paderborn)
Manuel Schäffler
(SV Wehen Wiesbaden)
2018/19 Marvin Pourié
(Karlsruher SC)
Nils Körber
(VfL Osnabrück)
2019/20 Kwasi Okyere Wriedt
(FC Bayern Munich II)
Florian Pick
(1. FC Kaiserslautern)
Deniz Undav
(SV Meppen)

The overviews of the “Player of the Month” can be found in the relevant seasonal articles, if available.

See also

Web links

Commons : 3rd Football League  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. DFL shelves original model: third division with second teams? In: kicker.de. Kicker-Sportmagazin , August 16, 2006, accessed on July 24, 2008 .
  3. "Dynamics of Football": Logo of the new 3rd division presented. In: dfb.de. German Football Association , April 10, 2008, accessed on July 24, 2008 .
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  5. Cup for the 3rd league champion. In: dfb.de. German Football Association, archived from the original on March 24, 2010 ; Retrieved July 28, 2013 .
  6. Change of promotion rules in the regional league decided. In: dfb.de. DFB , accessed on April 8, 2018 .
  7. The third division will also get Monday games in the future , kicker online, accessed on June 1, 2018
  8. Uniform match ball for the 3rd league from 2018/19 , dfb.de, accessed on February 17, 2019
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  10. 3rd league relocated 28th and 29th matchday , dfb.de, accessed on April 5, 2020
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