German Judo League

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Judo Bundesliga

Full name German Judo League
Current season Judo Bundesliga 2019
sport Judo
abbreviation JBL
Association German Judo Association
League foundation 1956
Teams 18th
Country countries GermanyGermany Germany
Title holder TSV Abensberg
Record champions TSV Abensberg (21)
Qualification too European Club Championships
↓ 2nd Judo Bundesliga

The Judo Bundesliga is the highest league for judo teams in Germany. It is organized by the German Judo Association and determines the German team champion.


The Bundesliga is divided into a north and a south group, with nine clubs for men and six for women.

In the men's category, the first two teams from the north and south relays qualify directly for the final round. The final round of the last four teams will then be fought out in just one day, similar to the Final Four in other sports. The first-placed team competes against the second-placed team of the other season. For women, the best three clubs in the north group and the best three clubs in the south group automatically qualify for the final round, which is organized by the first place in the south group in even years and by the first place in the north group in odd years. In this final round, the two first-placed teams from the north and south seasons are set for the semi-finals, the second and third-placed teams of the seasons fight against each other in a knockout mode and thus determine the semi-final opponents, who will then also be played.

The German champion as well as the second and third placed have the right to represent Germany in the European championship, which the European Judo Union has made the official European championship for clubs since 2010.

The two last-placed teams in the men's Bundesliga North and South are relegated directly to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the women's category, the team placed last will be relegated directly to the 2nd Judo Bundesliga.

Structural changes

Reform 2012

In 2012, the men's judo Bundesliga was subjected to a reform, in which the quarter-finals, which were played as a knockout round until 2011, are played back and forth. As before, the four remaining teams will fight for the title of German champion in one day and in one place. Also in 2012, the north and south groups were reduced from 8 to 6 teams each.

Reform 2014

For women, the reduction from 9 to 6 teams took place in 2014. At the same time, the previous combat system, in which 3 teams fight each other for one round, was replaced by the system already used by men, with 2 teams going back and forth replaced. The women's final round will still take place on one day with 6 participating teams. The first two from the north and south seasons are each set for the semifinals. The second and third placed teams fight against each other for the two other places in the semi-finals. Before that, the final rounds were held in 2 pools with 3 teams each. The winners of these pools then played the final.

Reform 2018

In 2018, the men's Bundesliga will be changed so that 9 instead of the previous 6 teams will participate per season. There are no quarter-finals, so the first and second-placed teams in each season are directly qualified for the Final Four. The structure of the second division will be changed by the addition of the first division. Depending on the number of registered teams, 3 to 4 relays are formed in the 2nd division, ideally designed for 9 teams. Previously this was divided into north and south seasons and was geared to 8 teams per season. One of the aims of this reform is to reduce the level differences between the 1st and 2nd leagues.

Locations of the men's Bundesliga clubs 2019

Teams - Men 2019

North Season Southern season
space society space society
1. Hamburger JT 1. KSV Esslingen
2. UJKC Potsdam 2. JC Leipzig
3. SUA Witten 3. TSV Abensberg
4th TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4th JC Ruesselsheim
5. Judo Club 66 Bottrop 5. JSV Speyer
6th KSC Asahi Spremberg 6th TV 1848 Erlangen
7th Hertha Walheim 7th Samurai Offenbach
8th. Judo Team Hannover (promoted) 8th. VfL Sindelfingen (promoted)
Locations of the women's Bundesliga clubs 2019

Teams - women 2019

North Season Southern season
space society space society
1. JC 66 Bottrop 1. TSG Backnang
2. JC 71 Düsseldorf 2. JSV Speyer
3. JC Wiesbaden 3. VfL Sindelfingen
4th Brander TV 4th BC Karlsruhe

Combat mode

A Bundesliga match is held in two rounds. The individual fights of the 7 different weight classes (for men: -60 kg, -66 kg, -73 kg, -81 kg, -90 kg, -100 kg and +100 kg; for women: -48 kg, - 52 kg, -57 kg, -63 kg, -70 kg, -78 kg and +78 kg) are played one after the other, with the order of the weight classes always being drawn shortly before the start of the fight. In the second round, each team has to replace at least three fighters so that three athletes fight who were not involved in the first round (only two for women).

For each individual fight won there is one point in the team ranking, i. H. a team can achieve a maximum of 14 points per team fight. In the event of a tie, neither team receives a point.


The most successful club in the history of the men's judo Bundesliga is TSV Abensberg , which has been German champion 21 times since 1991, has been in the final round for 22 years and has won the European Cup in Germany seven times, and because of the professionalism of its team also known as the FC Bayern Munich of Judo . Before the 2015 season, the club surprisingly decided to withdraw from the 1st Judo Bundesliga and started in the Regionalliga Süd. This was done to ensure that his top fighters were optimally prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games . The team from Abensberg has been back in the 1st Bundesliga since 2017.

The VfL Wolfsburg , which was from 1972 to 1990 eleven times German champions and three times won the European Champion Clubs' Cup to Germany, was replaced by TSV Abensberg. VFL Wolfsburg is no longer represented in the Bundesliga today. TSV München Großhadern also has 11 championship titles in the all-time list of the best. The Munich club last won the title of German team champion in October 2015. After the Hamburg judo team won the championship three times in a row from 2016 to 2018, the current title holder is again the record champion TSV Abensberg. It is remarkable that between 2011 and 2019 the runner-up title went to KSV Esslingen seven times.

In the women's category , the Judo Crocodiles Osnabrück are the record champions with 6 titles won. However, these successes date back to 1992-2000 and today the club is no longer represented in the Bundesliga. The teams of PSG Dynamo Brandenburg and JC Leipzig follow with 4 titles each. These two teams also waived their right to start in recent years and dropped out of the Bundesliga (Brandenburg 2016 and Leipzig 2017). The current title holder is JSV Speyer, which won the Bundesliga for the second time in 2019. In the final against TSG Backnang, the undervaluations were decisive in the end (70:64) after the fights ended 7: 7.

The German champions of the men's judo league

season German champions Runner-up
2019 TSV Abensberg KSV Esslingen
2018 Hamburger JT TSV Abensberg
2017 Hamburger JT KSV Esslingen
2016 Hamburger JT TSV Großhadern
2015 TSV Großhadern KSV Esslingen
2014 TSV Abensberg KSV Esslingen
2013 TSV Abensberg KSV Esslingen
2012 TSV Abensberg KSV Esslingen
2011 TSV Abensberg KSV Esslingen
2010 TSV Abensberg JC Leipzig
2009 TSV Abensberg Hamburger JT
2008 TSV Abensberg TSV Großhadern
2007 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
2006 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
2005 TSV Abensberg
2004 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
2003 TSV Abensberg
2002 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
2001 TSV Großhadern
2000 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
1999 JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder) TSV Abensberg
1998 JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
1997 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
1996 TSV Abensberg
1995 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
1994 TSV Abensberg JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
1993 TSV Abensberg
1992 JC 90 Frankfurt (Oder) TSV Abensberg
1991 TSV Abensberg
1990 VfL Wolfsburg
1989 VfL Wolfsburg
1988 TSV Großhadern
1987 VfL Wolfsburg
1986 VfL Wolfsburg
1985 TSV Großhadern
1984 TSV Großhadern
1983 TSV Großhadern
1982 JC Ruesselsheim
1981 TSV Großhadern
1980 TSV Großhadern
1979 VfL Wolfsburg
1978 VfL Wolfsburg
1977 JC Ruesselsheim
1976 VfL Wolfsburg
1975 VfL Wolfsburg
1974 VfL Wolfsburg
1973 VfL Wolfsburg
1972 TSV Großhadern
1971 TSV Großhadern
1970 TSV Großhadern
1969 Post SV Düsseldorf
1968 TSV Großhadern
1967 Police SV Hanover
1966 Post SV Düsseldorf
1965 Post SV Düsseldorf
1964 Police SV Berlin
1963 Police SV Hanover
1962 Police SV Berlin
1961 1. DJC Frankfurt / Main
1960 1. DJC Frankfurt / Main
1959 SWW Hamborn
1958 Police SV Berlin
1957 SWW Hamborn
1956 VfL Berlin-Tegel

The German champions of the women's judo league

season German champions Runner-up
2019 JSV Speyer TSG Backnang
2018 TSG Backnang JSV Speyer
2017 TSG Backnang JC Wiesbaden
2016 TSV Großhadern JSV Speyer
2015 JSV Speyer TSG Backnang
2014 TSV Großhadern JSV Speyer
2013 JC Leipzig PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center
2012 JC Leipzig TSV Großhadern
2011 PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center JSV Speyer
2010 JC Leipzig Kim-Chi Wiesbaden
2009 PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center UJKC Potsdam
2008 UJKC Potsdam JC Leipzig
2007 UJKC Potsdam PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center
2006 PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center UJKC Potsdam
2005 UJKC Potsdam KSV Esslingen
2004 JC Leipzig PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center
2003 JC Ruesselsheim UJKC Potsdam
2002 ASG Elsdorf JC Ruesselsheim
2001 ASG Elsdorf JC Ruesselsheim
2000 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1999 PSG Dynamo Brandenburg center VfL Sindelfingen
1998 ASG Elsdorf
1997 JC Saar
1996 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1995 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1994 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1993 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1992 Crocodiles Osnabrück
1991 TSV Bayer Leverkusen

Web links

Individual evidence

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