North German Football Association

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North German Football Association
Logo of the North German Football Association.svg
Founded April 15, 1905
president Günter Distelrath
address Franz-Böhmert-Strasse 1 b
28205 Bremen
Master gentlemen VfL Wolfsburg II
Master women Werder Bremen II
Parent association German Football Association (DFB)
Subordinate Associations Schleswig-Holst. Football verb
Hamburg Football Association
Bremen Football Association
Lower Saxony Football Association
region Germany Location of Norddeutschland.png
Clubs (approx.) 3,717 *
Members (approx.) 1,036,501 *
Teams (approx.) 25,746 *
* As of July 2019

The North German Football Association ( NFV ) is one of five regional associations of the German Football Association . The president of the NFV is Günter Distelrath. The association is based in Bremen . In the area of ​​the North German Football Association there are currently 3,717 football clubs and 1,036,501 members.


The NFV was founded on April 15, 1905 as a merger of the following associations: Hamburg-Altona (9 clubs), Bremen (9), Hanover (9), Herzogthum Braunschweig (5), Kiel (3) and Mecklenburg (3). Six individual clubs were also involved, namely FC Bremerhaven-Lehe and Geestemünder SC (their former Unterweser Association no longer existed at the time), plus Lüneburger FC , Britannia Hildesheim , FC Oldenburg and Lübecker BC .

Chair until 1933:

  • 1905–1907 Heinrich Thran (Hamburg)
  • 1907–1909 Hugo Egon Kubaseck (Hamburg)
  • 1909–1914 Paul Koretz (Hamburg)
  • 1914–1924 August Bosse (Hamburg)
  • 1924–1928 Henry Barrelet (Hamburg)
  • 1928–1929 Georg P. Blaschke (Kiel)
  • 1929–1933 Günther Riebow (Aumühle)

From now on, the predecessor associations should see themselves as districts of the NFV and organize what they did at different speeds. In 1907, the association divided its area into nine districts: Schleswig, Holstein, Hamburg-Altona, Mecklenburg, Altmark, Braunschweig, Hanover, Bremen, Oldenburg . Vorpommern belonged to Mecklenburg after the first clubs were founded there. The area around Cassel (spelling at that time) had also belonged to the NFV temporarily, but its clubs had already switched to the Rheinisch-Westfälischer Spiel-Verband in 1906 ; later the Altmark was "ceded".

In the far north, the influence of the NFV only reached as far as the current German-Danish border, as it was not possible to integrate the clubs from North Schleswig . These had been organized in Nordslesvig Fælles-Idrætsforening since 1903 , which was asked to join the association in 1911, but refused. Thereupon the NFV disqualified the North Schleswig clubs and reported this to the Danish association Dansk Boldspil-Union . After the referendum of 1920, the area became Danish and the association there was henceforth called Sønderjysk Idrætsforening .

From about 1910 on, the number of wild clubs that were based in the association area, but either only played friendly games or played in city / district leagues, increased considerably. Many of these clubs (provided they had survived the World War) joined the NFV after 1919, as this often became the prerequisite for being able to use municipal sports facilities (free of charge or at least inexpensively).

In addition to football, the NFV was also "operationally" responsible for athletics in its field for the first 28 years and, for example, organized the annual North German championships in this sport. When more and more of his member clubs founded further branches during the Weimar Republic , he took this into account in 1927 by renaming himself the North German Sports Association .

Championships until 1933

Before the National Socialist seizure of power , the North German champions - with the exception of the 1913/14 season ( North German League ) - played in a final round. Participants up to and including 1920 were only the masters of the districts, the number and names of which varied over the years. Later the field of participants grew to up to 16 teams, and the mode of competition was changed several times. Most recently there were six districts: Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck-Mecklenburg, Greater Hamburg, Northern Hanover (with Harburg and Wilhelmsburg), the southern district (Hanover / Braunschweig) and Weser-Jade.

In 1915 the championship was canceled due to the war, in 1916 and 1918 a competition with the selection teams of the districts took place (winner in each case: Greater Hamburg).

The master:

  • 1927 : Holstein Kiel
  • 1928 : Hamburger SV
  • 1929 : Hamburger SV
  • 1930 : Holstein Kiel
  • 1931 : Hamburger SV
  • 1932 : Hamburger SV
  • 1933 : Hamburger SV

Master by club

society master year
HSV-Logo.svg Hamburger SV 10 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933
Holstein Kiel Logo.svg Holstein Kiel 6th 1910, 1911, 1912, 1926, 1927, 1930
Scvictoria-logo.svg Victoria Hamburg 2 1906, 1907
Altona 93.svg Altona 93 2 1909, 1914
Logo Eintracht Braunschweig.svg Eintracht Braunschweig 2 1908, 1913
SV Arminia Hannover Logo.svg SV Arminia Hanover 1 1920
KV Victoria / 88 Hamburg 1 1919 (eight Victoria players were in the final eleven)
Borussia Harburg.jpg Borussia Harburg 1 1917

Northern football without NFV until 1947

After May 10, 1933, as a result of the National Socialist seizure of power, the seven existing traditional regional associations (Baltic Lawn Sports Association, Southeast German Football Association, Brandenburg Ball Game Association, Central German Ball Game Association, NFV / NSV, West German Game Association and South German Football Association Association) were dissolved and thus none Regional championships held more. The NFV - since 1927 North German Sport Association (NSV) - completed its formal self-dissolution on July 16, 1933 at the Association Day in Altona. In place of the regional associations, the 16 Sportgaue including the Gauligen , in the north these were Nordmark and Lower Saxony , and for the first time there was a nationwide uniform league. The two north German district, later area leagues existed from 1933/34 to 1941/42, then there were several smaller districts until 1944/45. Until the founding of the North Football League in 1947/48, after the Second World War, games were played in the north from 1945/46 to 1946/47 at the district or state level . A North German championship in 1946 had to be canceled at the behest of the British military government after the clubs from Kiel and the surrounding area had not received a travel permit.

NFV from 1948

After the Second World War, it was re-established on December 4, 1948, now again as the North German Football Association, with its current membership structure and a reduced area (excluding Mecklenburg).

Chair of the NFV:

  • 1948–1953 Heino Gerstenberg (Hamburg)
  • 1953–1962 Hermann Gösmann (Osnabrück)
  • 1962–1975 Ernst Hornbostel (Oldenburg)
  • 1975–1989 August Wenzel (Einbeck)
  • 1989–2006 Engelbert Nelle (Hildesheim) ("President" from 1997)
  • 2006–2009 Dieter Jerzewski (Bremen)
  • 2009–2018 Eugen Gehlenborg (Garrel, reassigned to office on June 20, 2015)
  • since 2018 Günter Distelrath


In 1924, the NFV held a cup competition for its club teams for the first time. It was held four times before it was set for the time being due to the low number of spectators. Between 1952 and 1974 the competition was played again, this time it was used to determine the North German participants in the DFB Cup ; accordingly - with the exception of the years 1953 and 1955 to 1960 - only so many rounds took place until all participants were determined for the first DFB Cup main round. The way the competition was held changed frequently, which is why the number of participants, winners and rounds changed almost every year. The cup ended ten times with a final game won by three clubs (HSV 6, Holstein Kiel 3, VfL Osnabrück 1).

Winning teams

Overview of the NFV Cup winners (or the clubs qualified for the DFB Cup)
season Winning team (s)
1924/25 Holstein Kiel
1925 Holstein Kiel
1926 Hamburger SV
1927 Holstein Kiel
1952 Eintracht Osnabrück , Concordia Hamburg , FC St. Pauli , Eintracht Braunschweig , 1. SC Göttingen 05 , SC Victoria Hamburg
1953 Hamburger SV
1954 FC St. Pauli, Eintracht Braunschweig, Altona 93 , Hamburger SV, SV Arminia Hannover , VfB Lübeck , Bremerhaven 93
1955 Hamburger SV
1956/57 Hamburger SV
1958 VfL Osnabrück
1959 Hamburger SV
1960 Hamburger SV
1960/61 Werder Bremen , VfV Hildesheim , Heider SV , Altona 93
1961/62 Sportfreunde Lebenstedt , Holstein Kiel, VfV Hildesheim, Eintracht Braunschweig
1962/63 Hamburger SV, VfL Wolfsburg , Werder Bremen, Concordia Hamburg
1963/64 Hannover 96 , VfL Wolfsburg, VfL Osnabrück, Altona 93
1964/65 VfL Osnabrück, VfL Wolfsburg, Altona 93, SuS Northeim
1965 TuS Haste 01 , FC St. Pauli, Holstein Kiel, Concordia Hamburg
1966 Arminia Hannover, Hannover 96 Amateurs, VfB Lübeck, Altona 93
1967 VfB Lübeck, Itzehoer SV , VfB Oldenburg
1968 Arminia Hannover, VfL Wolfsburg, Langenhorner TSV , SC Sperber Hamburg
1969 VfL Osnabrück, Göttingen 05, Arminia Hannover
1970 VfL Wolfsburg, FC St. Pauli, TSV Westerland , Holstein Kiel
1971 Holstein Kiel, SpVgg Bad Pyrmont , FC St. Pauli
1972 OSV Hannover , VfL Wolfsburg, FC St. Pauli, HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst
1973 VfB Oldenburg, SV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst, Eintracht Braunschweig
society successes year
HSV-Logo.svg Hamburger SV 8th 1926, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956/57, 1959, 1960, 1962/63
Holstein Kiel Logo.svg Holstein Kiel 7th 1924, 1925, 1927, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1971
Logo-VfL-Wolfsburg.svg VfL Wolfsburg 6th 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1968, 1970, 1972
Stpauli logo.png FC St. Pauli 6th 1952, 1954, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972

Structure and members

NFV map with regional associations
Logos of the national associations of the NFV

The North German Football Association consists of the four regional associations Lower Saxony Football Association (NFV), Hamburg Football Association (HFV), Bremen Football Association (BFV) and Schleswig-Holstein Football Association (SHFV).

Divisions of the North German Football Association

The following five leagues are organized directly:

Clubs in higher leagues

Men season 2019/20

step designation number societies
1. Bundesliga 2 VFL Wolfsburg VfL Wolfsburg , Werder BremenSV Werder Bremen
2. 2nd Bundesliga 5 Hamburger SV Hamburger SV , Hannover 96 , Holstein Kiel , VfL Osnabrück , FC St. PauliHannover 96 Holstein Kiel VFL Osnabrück FC St. Pauli
3. 3rd league 2 Eintracht Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig , SV MeppenSV Meppen


German champion (15) :

1912: Holstein Kiel, 1923: Hamburger SV, 1928: Hamburger SV, 1938: Hannover 96, 1954: Hannover 96, 1960: Hamburger SV, 1965: Werder Bremen, 1967: Eintracht Braunschweig, 1979: Hamburger SV, 1982: Hamburger SV, 1983: Hamburger SV, 1988: SV Werder Bremen, 1993: Werder Bremen, 2004: Werder Bremen, 2009: VfL Wolfsburg

DFB Cup (10) :

1960/61: Werder Bremen, 1962/63: Hamburger SV, 1975/76: Hamburger SV, 1986/87: Hamburger SV, 1990/91: Werder Bremen, 1991/92: Hannover 96, 1993/94: Werder Bremen, 1998 / 99: Werder Bremen, 2003/04: Werder Bremen, 2008/09: Werder Bremen, 2014/15: VfL Wolfsburg

Women season 2019/20

step designation number societies
1. Women's Bundesliga 2 VFL Wolfsburg VfL Wolfsburg
2. 2. Women's Bundesliga 4th SV Werder Bremen Werder Bremen , BV Cloppenburg , SV Meppen , VfL Wolfsburg IIBV Cloppenburg SV Meppen VFL Wolfsburg

Board of Directors and Management

Engelbert Nelle (Hildesheim) was president of the association from 1989 until the association day on March 18, 2006. He was elected honorary president at the association day. His successor was elected in Lübeck: Dieter Jerzewski , President of the Bremen Football Association. Karl Rothmund (Barsinghausen), President of the Lower Saxony Football Association, became treasurer. The chairman of the game committee was Hans-Rainer Hansen (Wanderup / Schleswig-Holstein).

Rüdiger Lorenz has been the managing director since January 1, 2007 . The 63-year-old was previously the branch manager of the Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus. Stefan Lehmann replaced him in 2009 .

Since the Association Day on June 6, 2009, Eugen Gehlenborg from Garrel was the new President. All 198 delegates elected him. Predecessor Jerzewski did not run again and is now also honorary president. Gehlenborg's successor has been Günter Distelrath since 2018 .

Contact details: North German Football Association, Franz-Böhmert Str. 1 B (Weserstadion), 28205 Bremen


  • Walter A. Cordua: 50 years of the North German Football Association 1905–1955. Edited by North German Football Association V., Hamburg 1955.
  • Bernd Jankowski, Harald Pistorius, Jens R. Prüß : football in the north. History - Chronicle - Names - Dates - Facts - Figures. Edited by Bernd Jankowski on behalf of the NFV for the 100th anniversary, Peine 2005, ISBN 3-89784-270-X .
  • Jens Reimer Prüß (Ed.): Bung bottle with flat pass cork. The history of the Oberliga Nord 1947–1963. Klartext, Essen 1991, ISBN 3-88474-463-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b according to DFB membership statistics 2019, seeösungen/aktuelle-statistik/ , accessed on August 8, 2019.
  2. cf. J. Hansen , Idræt i grænselandet, in: Idrætshistorisk Aarbog 1997, Odense 1998, p. 25 f.
  3. Arnd Krüger : Supplements to the club lists on the history of sport on the history of sport in Lower Saxony up to 1914, in: Yearbook of the Lower Saxony Institute for Sport History (NISH) 4 (2001), 184-189.
  4. NFV website , accessed on June 22, 2015.