Football Middle Rhine League
|Middle Rhine League|
|Association||Football Association Middle Rhine|
|master||SV Bergisch Gladbach 09|
|Record champions||Bonner SC (6 ×)|
The Mittelrheinliga ( Association League Mittelrhein until 2008 ) is the top division of the Mittelrhein Football Association . It thus forms the level of the Oberliga , currently the fifth highest class in the German league system .
The league was first launched in 1956 as the Mittelrhein Association League and initially consisted of 15 clubs. It replaced the two-pronged national league as the highest amateur class in the association's territory and was the third highest division in the German league system until 1978. Usually the champion of the Mittelrhein Association League took part together with the champions of the Niederrhein Association League and the two relay winners of the Westphalia Association League first in the promotion round to the 2nd Oberliga West , from 1964 then on the promotion round to the Regionalliga West and finally from 1975 on the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga North . In 1978, the amateur upper league North Rhine was founded as the new third highest division, made up of the best teams from the association league Mittelrhein and the association league Niederrhein. The Mittelrhein Association League was thus only the fourth highest league. In return, however, the promotion round was canceled at the same time, so the Middle Rhine champions automatically qualified for the top division. After the introduction of the Regionalliga in 1994, the Mittelrhein Association League was only the fifth-highest class. After the introduction of the 3rd league and simultaneous renaming to its current name Mittelrheinliga in 2008, it was the sixth highest division. With the elimination of the NRW League from the 2012/13 season, however, the Middle Rhine League is back in fifth class and for the first time in its history has the status of a major league.
Founding members of the Mittelrhein Association League
Rhenania Würselen - SSV Troisdorf 05 - SC Rapid Cologne - VfL Cologne 1899 - SV Habbelrath-Grefrath - Eschweiler SG - Stolberger SV - TuRa Hennef - SSG Bergisch Gladbach - SC Fortuna Cologne - Godesberg 08 - SVS Merkstein - Viktoria Alsdorf - Kohlscheider BC - Tura Bonn
Venues of the Middle Rhine League 2019/20
The following clubs have qualified for the 2019/20 season:
- the remaining teams from the Middle Rhine League 2018/19 :
- the champions and the runners-up of the two seasons of the Landesliga Mittelrhein 2018/19:
From 1956 to 2008 the league was called Verbandsliga Mittelrhein and since 2008 the Mittelrheinliga .