South German Football Association

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South German Football Association
Founded October 17, 1897
president Rainer Koch
address Brienner Strasse 50
80333 Munich
Parent association German Football Association (DFB)
Subordinate Associations Hessian Football Association
Badischer Fußballverband
Südbadischer Fußball-Verband
Württemberg Football Association
Bavarian Football Association
region region
Clubs (approx.) 9,722
Members (approx.) 3,154,907
Teams (approx.) 59.005

The South German Football Association (SFV) is the oldest of five regional associations of the German Football Association . Its association area includes the federal states of Hesse , Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria . The regional association currently has 9,722 football clubs and over 3.1 million members.


Logo of the South German Football Association from 1914 to 1927

The predecessor of today's SFV was founded on October 17, 1897 in the inn "Zum Landsknecht" in Karlsruhe by eight football clubs under the name of the Association of Southern German Football Associations . In 1898 the first statute was adopted and Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe was elected first chairman. The first championship was held in 1898/99.

The association participated in the establishment of the DFB on January 28, 1900. This was followed by disputes with the DFB about the game system and the organization of game operations, on which the VsFV, as the association with the largest number of members, wanted to influence accordingly.

On 18./19. July 1914 the name was changed to Süddeutscher Fußball-Verband .

Ivo Schricker was chairman from 1923 to 1925 . On November 13, 1927, the merger with the Southern German Association for Athletics was decided. The new name of the association was the South German Football and Athletics Association .

On August 6, 1933, the association was dissolved.

Founding associations

Structure of the association from 1919

On the first post-war association day of the SFV on 30./31. August 1919 in Heilbronn a new organization was made for the new beginning. From then on one played with nine circles in four groups:

  • North group
    • Central Main District
    • West Main District
  • East group
    • Southern Bavaria district
    • District of Northern Bavaria
  • South group
    • Swabia district
    • Baden district
  • West group
    • Neckar district
    • Rhine district

Since the Palatinate was occupied by French troops, the Rhine district finally had to be divided into two districts in order to avoid the difficulties of travel, the Odenwaldkreis and the Pfalzkreis.

The ten district champions then played the South German championship in a final round, the champions of which finally took part in the German championship .

The association was champions of the Federal Cup , the predecessor of the countries Cup .

South German championship

The South German soccer champions were played from 1898 to 1933.

South German Cup

The South German Cup was a football competition held from 1918 to 1973.

Oberliga Süd and re-establishment of the SFV in 1949

The Oberliga Süd was founded after the Second World War in 1945 as the first football league in Germany. The "Association of South German Football Clubs", founded on September 22nd, 1945 took over the further organization, whereby there was strong friction with the newly founded Bavarian Football Association . Until the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the Oberliga Süd was one of five seasons of the top division in German football in the field of the DFB .

The South German Football Association was re-established after the Second World War on December 19, 1949. However, it had lost a lot of its influence, as the following state associations now existed as subordinate associations:

Clubs in higher leagues

Men season 2019/2020

step designation number societies
1. 1st National League 05 SC Freiburg , FC Bayern Munich , TSG 1899 Hoffenheim , FC Augsburg , Eintracht Frankfurt
2. 2nd Bundesliga 09 VfB Stuttgart , 1. FC Nuremberg , SpVgg Greuther Fürth , SV Sandhausen , 1. FC Heidenheim , Karlsruher SC , SSV Jahn Regensburg , SV Darmstadt 98 , SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3. 3rd league 06th FC Ingolstadt 04 , SG Sonnenhof Großaspach , Würzburger Kickers , SV Waldhof Mannheim , TSV 1860 Munich , SpVgg Unterhaching
4th Regionalliga southwest 12 Kickers Offenbach , TSG Hoffenheim II , TSV Steinbach , FC-Astoria Walldorf , SSV Ulm 1846 , TSG Balingen , FC Bayern Alzenau , FSV Frankfurt , SC Freiburg II , VfR Aalen , Bahlinger SC , FC Gießen
4th Regionalliga Bayern 18th all clubs of the Regionalliga Bayern

Women's season 2019/2020

step designation number societies
1. Women's Bundesliga 05 1. FFC Frankfurt , FC Bayern Munich , SC Freiburg , TSG 1899 Hoffenheim , SC Sand
2. 2. Women's Bundesliga 04th TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II, FC Bayern Munich II, 1. FFC Frankfurt II, FC Ingolstadt 04

Organization and structure


Map of the SFV and its regional associations

Today only associations can be members of the SFV, associations are organized in the respective regional associations. Together, these associations have around 9,800 football clubs and just over 3 million members.



  • 100 Years of the South German Football Association (Festschrift), Vindelica-Verlag, Gersthofen 1997, without ISBN

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Membership statistics 2019. Society for DFB-Online mbH, July 5, 2019, accessed on August 8, 2019 .