Football Oberliga Westfalen

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Oberliga Westfalen
Association Football and Athletics Association Westphalia
First edition August 13, 1978
Teams 18th
master SC Wiedenbrück
Record champions Preußen Münster (5 titles)
Current season 2020/21
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Westphalia League (VI)

The Oberliga Westfalen is the highest division of the Football and Athletics Association Westphalia in football and the fifth highest in the German league system .

From 1978 to 1994 it was located at the third highest level. With the reintroduction of the regional league , it was only the fourth highest division. In 2008 it was dissolved like the Oberliga Nordrhein in favor of the NRW League . Due to the renewed regional league reform in 2012, the Oberliga Westfalen was reintroduced as the fifth highest division.

Reigning champions are the second team of FC Schalke 04 . The record champions of the Oberliga Westfalen are Preußen Münster with five championships.



Since 1956, the two-track Association League Westphalia was the top division in Westphalia. The two season winners played the Westphalian champion, who qualified for the promotion rounds to the II. Division (until 1962) or Regional League (until 1965). From 1966 to 1973 both Westphalian relay winners took part in the Regionalliga promotion round. After the regional leagues were dissolved in 1974 in favor of the 2nd Bundesliga , it quickly became apparent that the two-track association league was not an ideal foundation.

Thus in 1978 the amateur leagues were introduced nationwide as the third highest division. The upper leagues North and Berlin , which had existed since 1974, served as models . The Westphalian Association stipulated that the first eight of the two association leagues of the 1977/78 season are automatically qualified. The table ninth and tenth identified further participants in the first and second leg. In addition there were possibly relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga.

Eventually, the following teams qualified for the 1978/79 season:

The early years (1978 to 1984)

season master
1978/79 SC Herford
1979/80 SpVgg Erkenschwick
1980/81 1. FC Paderborn
1981/82 TuS Neuhaus Castle
1982/83 Eintracht Hamm-Heessen
1983/84 FC Gütersloh

On August 13, 1978, the Oberliga Westfalen began playing under the name Amateur Oberliga Westfalen . In the first two seasons, the champions were allowed to move up directly to the 2. Bundesliga North, while the last two teams were relegated. The first championship title was secured by SC Herford with one point ahead of TuS Schloß Neuhaus. The decision was made a week after the last matchday. The game of SC Herford at VfB Rheine, which Rheine won 3-2, was canceled and rescheduled due to crowd riots. The goalless draw made Herford champions. In the event of a defeat, Schloss Neuhaus would have become champions because of the better goal difference .

A year later , SpVgg Erkenschwick won the championship. In 1981 the 2nd Bundesliga was reduced from two to one season. As a result, the DFB suspended promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. The 1. FC Paderborn suffered more, as champions were only allowed to take part in the German amateur championship and reached the semi-finals. Since four Westphalian teams had to relegate from the 2nd Bundesliga, the amateur Oberliga Westfalen played with 21 teams in the 1981/82 season .

From 1982 to 1994, the league champions were no longer allowed to climb directly, but had to take part in the promotion round. The runner-up took part in the German Amateur Championship. Master TuS Schloss Neuhaus was able to prevail in the promotion round. The 1982/83 season brought the most exciting season finale to date. Eintracht Hamm-Heessen and Rot-Weiß Lüdenscheid ended the season with equal points and the same goal difference . The higher number of goals scored brought the hammers the championship.

Scandals in Gütersloh and Hamm (1984 to 1987)

season master
1984/85 SC Eintracht Hamm
1985/86 ASC Schöppingen
1986/87 SpVgg Erkenschwick

The 1983/84 season was overshadowed by the quarrels over FC Gütersloh. With the support of the household appliance manufacturer Miele , the association lured ex-professionals such as Volker Graul and Roland Peitsch to the Heidewaldstadion . As “pseudo-amateurs”, both earned salaries that were contrary to the statutes, which is why the club was described by the press as “the land of milk and honey for football amateurs”. In the first instance , the team was transferred to the association league. This decision of the court was first weakened into a deduction of 25 points and finally into a fine. Despite the quarrels, Gütersloh was champion, but failed in the promotion round. Runner-up Eintracht Hamm-Heessen reached the final of the amateur championship, but lost 4-1 at Offenburg FV .

Also in 1984, SC Eintracht Hamm was drawn into the Hammer Bank scandal . The club chairman Paul Schulte, who is also CEO of the bank had been in custody taken after a loss of 300 million initially in the hammer bank  DM was found after the balance sheet to more than 1.1 billion DM. Nevertheless, the team secured the championship again with a three-point lead over DSC Wanne-Eickel . As two years before, the hammer team failed in the promotion round. In 1985 the DSC Wanne-Eickel reached the final of the amateur championship, but had to admit defeat to the Werder Bremen amateurs 3-0 in the final .

Münster versus East Westphalia (1987 to 1994)

season master
1987/88 Prussia Munster
1988/89 Prussia Munster
1989/90 Arminia Bielefeld
1990/91 SC Verl
1991/92 Prussia Munster
1992/93 Prussia Munster
1993/94 TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus

From 1987 a new mode in the relegation battle was introduced. The third from last of the league played a relegation with the runners-up of the two association league seasons in the league system . In the first year, SC Hassel benefited from the new mode and made it to the top division. The most successful team in the history of the Oberliga Westfalen was Preußen Münster in the 1987/88 season . With 54: 6 points, the Münster team had a 17 point lead over runner-up Westfalia Herne . Despite the superiority, the Prussians failed in the promotion round.

In 1988, Arminia Bielefeld, a long-time Bundesliga club , was relegated to the Oberliga Westfalen and generated high audience numbers in the following six years. With a strongly rejuvenated team, the Armines led the table for a long time before they were intercepted by Preußen Münster on the last match day. While the Arminen lost 2-1 at VfB Rheine, a goalless draw at SC Verl was enough for the Münster team. The Prussians finally managed to get promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga.

The Bielefeld dominated the 1989/90 season and won the championship. The Arminen went into the promotion round as top favorites, but failed at VfB Oldenburg and TSV Havelse . Also in the following years, the Westphalia champions ended unsuccessfully in the promotion round or the amateur championship. The end of the 1991/92 season was overshadowed by the legal squabble over the voluntary withdrawal of ASC Schöppingen . The Münsterländer wanted to be integrated into the district league after the season. The association wanted to classify the club in the district league A, against which the ASC protested successfully. Schöppingen was finally divided into the district league and the upper league was increased to 18 clubs for one season.

In 1994 the regional league was reintroduced. Six teams from the amateur Oberliga Westfalen should qualify for the new division. The places went to master TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus, Preußen Münster, Arminia Bielefeld, SpVgg Erkenschwick, SC Verl and the amateurs of SG Wattenscheid 09 . Münster won the German amateur championship with a 1-0 final win at Kickers Offenbach .

Fourth class years of crisis (1994 to 2008)

season master
1994/95 FC Gütersloh
1995/96 Do Ahlen
1996/97 Sports fans victories
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund amateurs
1998/99 VfL Bochum amateurs
1999/2000 VfB Hüls
2000/01 SC Paderborn 07
2001/02 Borussia Dortmund amateurs
2002/03 FC Schalke 04 amateurs
2003/04 Arminia Bielefeld amateurs
2004/05 SG Wattenscheid 09
2005/06 Borussia Dortmund II
2006/07 SC Verl
2007/08 Prussia Munster

With the introduction of the regional league, the amateur Oberliga Westfalen became the Oberliga Westfalen . The departures in the regional league were compensated by a total of eight promoted players from the association league. The relegation round between the Ober- and Verbandsliga was abolished. Instead, the vice-champions of the association league relays played a promotion game on a neutral pitch. The champions of the upper league rose directly to the regional league.

While all teams were able to end the season in the first 16 years of the Oberliga Westfalen, from 1994 onwards there were numerous withdrawals during the season. In the 1994/95 season , VfL Gevelsberg was excluded after the team failed to play the scheduled games three times. A year later , Blau-Weiß Wewer withdrew from ongoing gaming operations. On the other side of the table, the newly promoted TuS Ahlen caused a sensation. The club, sponsored by the cosmetics manufacturer LR International , was the first to make it through to the regional league.

Further withdrawals followed in the late 1990s. 1997 , the left VfR Sölde despite sporting qualification downgrade in the country's league. During the 1999/2000 season , first Blau Weiß Post Recklinghausen and then SV Rotthausen signed off. Due to the merging of the regional league seasons from four to two, the champions of the year 2000 VfB Hüls were not allowed to rise directly. The club failed in the relegation round. The FC Gütersloh also caused heated discussions in 2000. After the club had to file for bankruptcy and to withdraw from the current regional league season in the 1999/2000 season, a successor club, FC Gütersloh 2000, was launched. This merged with the insolvent predecessor and was able to start in the Oberliga Westfalen. The board of the association took advantage of a loophole in the statutes . The events were heavily criticized by the other clubs.

After SC Paderborn 07 succeeded in returning to the regional league in 2001 , the reserve teams of the professional clubs dominated the first half of the 2000s. Between 2002 and 2006, four out of five titles went to these teams. The amateurs of FC Schalke 04 were the first team to score over 100 goals in the 2002/03 season . A curious situation arose a year later when the second team of SG Wattenscheid 09 had to relegate to the league due to the relegation of their own first team.

In spring 2007, the chairman of the WFLV Hermann Korfmacher suggested the introduction of a league for North Rhine-Westphalia , which should replace the two leagues Westphalia and North Rhine. This should provide a strong foundation for the three-pronged regional league from 2008. It was stipulated that the first four of the 2007/08 teams would be promoted to the regional league and that the teams in places five to eleven should qualify for the new NRW league . The dissolution of the Oberliga Westfalen in favor of the NRW League met with skepticism and even rejection from many Westphalian club representatives.

Prussia Munster finally won the last championship of the Oberliga Westfalen for the time being and qualified for the regional league with Sportfreunde Lotte and the second teams from VfL Bochum and Schalke 04. Westfalia Herne , SV Schermbeck , DJK Germania Gladbeck , Hammer SpVg , Delbrücker SC , FC Gütersloh 2000 and the second team from Arminia Bielefeld took the places for the NRW-Liga . However, Gladbeck received no approval for the league. The SpVgg Erkenschwick had to file for bankruptcy and Rot Weiss Ahlen II waived the move. Therefore, the sporty non-qualified Sportfreunde Oestrich-Iserlohn took part in the NRW League.

Renaissance (since 2012)

season master
2012/13 SV Lippstadt 08
2013/14 Arminia Bielefeld II
2014/15 TuS Erndtebrück
2015/16 Sports fans victories
2016/17 TuS Erndtebrück
2017/18 SV Lippstadt 08
2018/19 FC Schalke 04 II
2019/20 SC Wiedenbrück

With the renewed regional league reform in 2012, the NRW league was dissolved again. In Westphalia there was a revival of the league. The clubs in the 2011/12 NRW League season that either failed to advance to the regional league or were not allowed to advance to the regional league were automatically qualified . The field was filled with teams from the two seasons of the Westfalenliga . Ultimately, the following teams qualified for the 2012/13 season :

The first champion of the reintroduced Oberliga was the Westfalenliga-climber SV Lippstadt 08 . The Lippstädter rose - just like the second placed SG Wattenscheid 09 - in the Regionalliga West . In the 2013/14 season , Arminia Bielefeld II played an outstanding season and was able to secure the championship on the fifth from last game day. However, the team was not allowed to move up, as Arminia's first was relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga and, due to the statutes, second teams from third division clubs are not allowed to play in the regional league. The only climber was the upstart SV Rödinghausen , who made it into the regional league after being promoted for the fifth time in a row.

The champions determined in the 2014/15 season will be qualified directly for the main round of the 2015/16 DFB Cup and no longer for the Westphalia Cup. The 2017/18 season was overshadowed by three withdrawals by teams. First of all, SC Hassel and TSV Marl-Hüls stopped playing during the season. In March 2018, Arminia Bielefeld announced that it would disband his second team at the end of the season.


Between 1978 and 2008 69 teams from 64 clubs played in the Oberliga Westfalen. Most of the seasons were played by FC Gütersloh 2000, which, including its predecessor FC Gütersloh , had 24 of 30 seasons. This is followed by the second team or amateurs of VfL Bochum and SpVgg Erkenschwick, each aged 20. The clubs Rot Weiss Ahlen, Arminia Bielefeld, Sportfreunde Siegen and SG Wattenscheid 09 were each represented with the first and second teams in the Oberliga Westfalen. SC Paderborn 07 occupies a special position. This club was like its parent clubs 1. FC Paderborn , TuS Schloß Neuhaus and TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus in the Oberliga Westfalen in play. The club was able to win a championship under all four names.

Numerous clubs could look back on years in the first and second Bundesliga in their club history. From the clubs of the Oberliga Westfalen, Arminia Bielefeld, Preußen Münster and SG Wattenscheid 09 played in the Bundesliga. From 2014 the SC Paderborn 07 will be added. In addition to these three clubs were Rot Weiss Ahlen (as LR Ahlen ), SpVgg Erkenschwick, FC Gütersloh, SC Herford, Westfalia Herne, Rot-Weiß Lüdenscheid, TuS Schloß Neuhaus, Sportfreunde Siegen, DSC Wanne-Eickel in the 2. Bundesliga active.

Venues of the Oberliga Westfalen 2019/20

In addition to these traditional clubs, clubs from small towns also played in the Oberliga Westfalen. The smallest "upper league community" is Erndtebrück (TuS Erndtebrück) with about 7000 inhabitants. Other cities and communities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants that made up a club in the Oberliga Westfalen were or are Lotte (Sportfreunde Lotte) and Schermbeck (SV Schermbeck), Altena (VfB Altena), Reken (VfL Reken), Brakel ( SpVg Brakel ), Hövelhof ( Hövelhofer SV ), Rödinghausen ( SV Rödinghausen ), Holzwickede ( SV Holzwickede & Holzwickeder SC ) and Neuenkirchen ( SuS Neuenkirchen ).

Since the revival of the Oberliga Westfalen in 2012, 33 different clubs have participated in the game.

The following clubs are represented in the major league in the 2019/20 season :

Masters and climbers

The record champions of the Oberliga Westfalen are Preußen Münster with five championships. However, the Prussians only managed to rise twice. In 1989, the Münster team prevailed in the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga, while in 2008 it was enough for direct promotion to the regional league. In 1988, 1992 and 1993 the Prussians failed in the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga. The second most successful club is SC Paderborn 07 with four championships. The clubs 1. FC Paderborn (1981 champions) and TuS Schloß Neuhaus (1982 champions) merged in 1985 to form TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus , which became champions in 1994. In 1997 TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus was dissolved and the football department became independent as SC Paderborn 07 (2001 champions). Borussia Dortmund's second team is the third most successful club with three championships. Arminia Bielefeld was the only club to celebrate the championship title with both the first (1990) and the second team (2004, 2014). In 1996, TuS Ahlen was the first club to be promoted to the Oberliga Westfalen championship. In the 2012/13 season , however, when after the renewed restructuring of the leagues a particularly large number of promoted players played in the upper league, this masterpiece was also achieved by the promoted SV Lippstadt 08 . In the same year, SG Wattenscheid 09 also made it through to the regional league. In 2013/14 , SV Rödinghausen was the fourth promoted team to make direct promotion to the regional league.

Between 1982 and 1994 the champions of the Oberliga Westfalen played together with the champions of the Oberligen North Rhine, North and Berlin as well as the runner-up in the Oberliga Nord for two promotion places in the 2nd Bundesliga. Only twice did a Westphalian representative make the leap to the top. TuS Schloß Neuhaus was the first to do this in 1982, before Prussia Münster's rise in 1989. Pech, Münster in 1993. had in the promotion round to the Prussians failed Rot-Weiss Essen , which during the second division season 1993/94 the license because of manipulated deprived documents in the licensing process.

A team was able to win the double from the championship in the Oberliga Westfalen and win the Westphalia Cup five times . SpVgg Erkenschwick was the first to win the double in 1987. The SC Paderborn 07 managed the double twice, in 1994 as TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus and in 2001 under the current name. Further doubles went to SC Verl in 2007 and Preußen Münster in 2008.

The following table shows the most successful teams in the history of the Oberliga Westfalen. The teams were sorted according to the number of championships. If the number of championships was the same, the next order was the number of runner-up championships. Successes achieved before previous clubs were assigned to today's clubs.

rank society Championships Vice championships
1 Prussia Munster 5 2
2 SC Paderborn 07 4th 4th
3 Borussia Dortmund II 3 1
4th FC Schalke 04 II 2 6th
5 SC Verl 2 4th
6th FC Gütersloh 2 1
SC Eintracht Hamm 2 1
SpVgg Erkenschwick 2 1
Sports fans victories 2 1
10 Arminia Bielefeld II 2 0
TuS Erndtebrück 2 0
SV Lippstadt 08 2 0
13 VfL Bochum amateurs 1 3
14th SG Wattenscheid 09 1 2
15th Arminia Bielefeld 1 1
ASC Schöppingen 1 1
17th Do Ahlen 1 0
SC Herford 1 0
VfB Hüls 1 0
SC Wiedenbrück 1 0

Top scorer

season player society Gates
1978/79 Johann Kriar TuS Neuhaus Castle 31
1979/80 Johann Kriar TuS Neuhaus Castle 23
1981/82 Gisbert Paus FC Gütersloh 32
1982/83 Wolfgang Pache 1. FC Paderborn 30th
1983/84 Norbert Dickel Sports fans victories 32
1984/85 Ralf rainbow DSC Wanne-Eickel 25th
1985/86 Jörg Niedzwicki DJK Hellweg Lütgendortmund 21st
1986/87 Dieter Götz SpVgg Erkenschwick 22nd
1987/88 Ulrich Gäher Prussia Munster 27
1988/89 Martin Driller TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus 22nd
1989/90 Klaus Hardes TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus 18th
1990/91 Ludger Pickenäcker ASC Schöppingen 18th
1991/92 Uwe Westermann SC Verl 19th
1992/93 Rainer Borgmeier FC Schalke 04 amateurs 16
1992/93 Uwe Westermann SC Verl 16
1993/94 Rainer Borgmeier FC Schalke 04 amateurs 20th
1997/98 Ahmet Karayildiz Borussia Dortmund II 21st
1998/99 Markus blades SV Lippstadt 08 19th
1999/2000 Lars Mettenbrink SC Herford 25th
2000/01 Carsten Dunklau DJK TuS Hordel 30th
2001/02 Sergei Titarchuk FC Schalke 04 amateurs 19th
2002/03 Daniel Farke SV Lippstadt 08 28
2003/04 Fatih Tastan LR Ahlen amateurs 21st
2004/05 Wojciech Pollok SV Lippstadt 08 22nd
2005/06 Seyfullah Kalayci VfB Hüls 24
2006/07 Julian Lüttmann Sports fanatic Lotte 24
2007/08 Samy El Nounou VfL Bochum II 26th
2012/13 Viktor Maier SV Lippstadt 08 30th
2013/14 Stefan Oerterer SpVgg Erkenschwick 33
2014/15 Stefan Oerterer SpVgg Erkenschwick 30th
2015/16 Stefan Oerterer SpVgg Erkenschwick 23
2015/16 Michael Smykacz TSV Marl-Hüls 23
2016/17 Lennard Kleine Westfalia Rhynern 21st
2017/18 Stefan Oerterer TuS Haltern 24
2018/19 Timo Scherping FC Eintracht Rheine 20th


  • The highest home wins
VfL Bochum Amateurs - Hammer SpVg 10: 0 (1998/99)
VfL Gevelsberg - Bünder SV 9: 0 (1980/81)
DSC Wanne-Eickel - Lüner SV 9: 0 (1981/82)
LR Ahlen II - Lüner SV 9: 0 (2003/04)
TuS Schloß Neuhaus - SpVgg Emsdetten 05 9: 1 (1979/80)
VfB Hüls - Hasper SV 9: 1 (1998/99)
  • The highest away wins
SpVg Brakel - Red-White Lüdenscheid 0: 8 (1995/96)
SV Schermbeck - TuS Erndtebrück 0: 8 (2012/13)
  • The most scoring games
DJK Hellweg Lütgendortmund - Sportfreunde Siegen 7: 6 (1985/86)
FC Gütersloh 2000 - SpVgg Erkenschwick 5: 8 (2013/14)
Borussia Dortmund Amateurs - SC Verl 4: 8 (1991/92)
  • The most scoring draws
Germania Gladbeck - SV Schermbeck 5: 5 (2007/08)
FC Eintracht Rheine - SpVgg Erkenschwick 5: 5 (2013/14)
FC Gütersloh - TSG Sprockhövel 5: 5 (2018/19)
  • Most points in a season
Two-point rule
TuS Schloß Neuhaus (59:21 points, 1981/82, absolute record)
Prussia Münster (54: 6 points, 1987/88, relative record)
Three point rule
FC Schalke 04 amateurs (86 points in 34 games, 2002/03, absolute record)
Arminia Bielefeld II (86 points in 34 games, 2013/14, absolute record)
Sportfreunde victories (76 points in 30 games, 2.53 points per game, 1996/97, relative record)
  • The fewest points in a season
Two-point rule
1.FC Recklinghausen (6:54 points, 1991/92)
Three point rule
Lüner SV (9 points, 2003/04)
  • The most accurate attack
FC Schalke 04 Amateurs (102 goals, 2002/03)
  • The worst defense
FC Gohfeld (115 goals conceded, 1984/85)

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

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