II. GDR League

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The II. GDR League was a German soccer league that existed between 1955 and 1963. It was the third highest division in the German Football Association of the GDR (DFV) after the GDR Oberliga and the first GDR League .

Game operation

After the 1954/1955 season, the three squadrons of the GDR League were merged to form the new, 14-team, single-track I. GDR League. The teams from the first two to five positions were qualified, the second to fourth positions from the second group and the first to fifth positions from the third group. The winners of the first and second groups were promoted to the top division. The remaining teams came into the two regional seasons of the newly created II. GDR League. The 15 district leagues , which were previously third-class , moved into the fourth tier .

The second GDR league began with a simple transition round, because from 1955 football matches were aligned with the calendar year based on the Russian model. From 1956 on, the two season winners rose to the I. GDR League, which were replaced by two relegated from the I. GDR League. From each season of the second GDR league, the last three were relegated to the district leagues, and six district champions rose. From the 1958 season, the II. League was played in five seasons to reduce the high financial outlay that the teams incurred due to travel expenses. In the first year the first 3 of the district leagues for the II. League were eligible for promotion, then the district champions. From 1961 onwards the rhythm was played again in the autumn / spring. In the 1961/62 season, due to the expansion of the I. GDR League from one to two seasons, 15 teams rose. With another league reform at the beginning of the 1963/64 season, the two seasons of the first GDR League were increased from 14 to 16 teams and the II. GDR League was dissolved. The district leagues moved up again as the third highest division.


List of all promoters from the 2nd GDR League to the 1st GDR League.

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