Venues of the Gauliga Südwest 1938/39 large map: Rhineland-Palatinate, small map: Saarland and Hesse
The Gauliga Südwest 1938/39 was the sixth season of the Gauliga Südwest in football. The RTuSV Wormatia Worms - in the summer of 1938, the VfR had merged with the Reichsbahner-Sportverein - was ultimately able to secure the third Gaumeist title after 1936 and 1937 after the FSV defeated their worst competitor, Eintracht, 2-1 on the penultimate matchday in the city derby would have. In the final round of the German championshipAlthough the Wormatia did not get beyond the preliminary round again, they were the only team in the entire final round to defeat the future German champions Schalke 04. In the relegation battle of the Gauliga, playoffs were held for the first time after three teams were tied at the end of the table at the end of the season. In the end, all three were still allowed to compete in the top division in the following season, as the championship round 1939/40 was held in two seasons due to the Second World War and the number of teams was increased as a result. The FV Saarbrücken withdrew its participation due to the war. In the promotion rounds, the relegated teams from the previous year, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and SC Opel Rüsselsheim prevailed, and due to the restructuring in the new season, three more teams moved up.
a Retired from the Gauliga at the beginning of the next season.
Relegated to the district league
Promoted from the district league
Saarbrücken and Pirmasens were therefore determined to be relegated, but were still allowed to participate due to the division of the league into two seasons in 1939/40. FV Saarbrücken withdrew their team before the start of the next season.
With the expansion of the Gauliga in the coming season, a total of five teams rose.
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