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Amateurliga Nordbaden
Map of Germany: Position of Baden-W├╝rttemberg highlighted
Flag of Baden-W├╝rttemberg Baden-W├╝rttemberg
Promotion To
Oberliga S├╝d 1945-50
2nd Oberliga S├╝d 1950-63
Regionalliga S├╝d 1963-74
2nd Bundesliga S├╝d 1974-78
Number of Seasons
Replaced by
Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg (III)
Verbandsliga Nordbaden (IV)
Level on Pyramid
Level 3
Domestic Cups
North Baden Cup
Last Champions 1977-78
FV Weinheim
For the history of the Amateurliga Nordbaden after 1978, see Verbandsliga Nordbaden.

The Amateurliga Nordbaden was the highest football league in the region of the Nordbaden FA and the third tier of the German football league system from its inception in 1945 to the formation of the Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg and the Verbandsliga Nordbaden below it in 1978.



The Amateurliga Nordbaden was formed in 1945 in the northern half of the then state of Baden, which is now the western half of the German state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg. It was a feeder league to the Oberliga S├╝d and therefore the second tier of the football league system in the south of Germany until the interception of the 2nd Oberliga S├╝d in 1950. From 1950 until the establishment of the Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg in 1978, it was the third tier of the football league system.

The winner of the Amateurliga Nordbaden was not automatically promoted but rather had to take part in a promotion play-off to its league above. Usually, the champion would have to compete with the winners of the Amateurligas S├╝dbaden, W├╝rttemberg and (from 1961) Schwarzwald-Bodensee.

The separation of Nordbaden and S├╝dbaden results from the outcome of the 2nd World War when the state was split into two separate occupation zones. The north was in the US zone and the south in the French zone. The official names for the two FAs reflect the separation of S├╝dbaden from the originally association, with Nordbaden just simply calling itself Baden FA.

The league was established in 1945 with ten teams, the winner gaining promotion to the Oberliga S├╝d. The founder members were:

The league was split into a northern and a southern group from 1946 to 1948.

With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 the Amateurliga was placed below the new Regionalliga S├╝d but still retained its third-tier status. It continued to do so after the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga S├╝d in 1974.

The longest continuous member of the league was the SV Sandhausen which gained promotion to it in 1957 and spent 21 seasons in it until its admittance to the new Oberliga in 1978. The VfR Pforzheim spent a record of 28 out of 33 possible seasons in the league.

Disbanding of the Amateurliga Nordbaden

In 1978, the Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg was formed to allow direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga S├╝d for the Amateure champion of the state. The teams placed one to five gained entry to the Oberliga while the other eleven teams were put into the new Verbandsliga Nordbaden, now the fourth tier of the football league system.

Admitted to the new Oberliga:

Relegated to the new Verbandsliga:

Winners of the Amateurliga Nordbaden

Season Club
1945-46 VfL Neckarau
1946-47 VfB M├╝hlburg & ASV Feudenheim
1947-48 TSG Rohrbach & VfR Pforzheim
1948-49 1. FC Pforzheim
1949-50 VfL Neckarau
1950-51 ASV Feudenheim
1951-52 Karlsruher FV
1952-53 FV Daxlanden
1953-54 Amicitia Viernheim
1954-55 Amicitia Viernheim
1955-56 Amicitia Viernheim
1956-57 Amicitia Viernheim
1957-58 VfL Neckarau
1958-59 VfR Pforzheim
1959-60 Ph├Ânix Mannheim
1960-61 SV Sandhausen
1961-62 VfL Neckarau
Season Club
1962-63 FV Weinheim
1963-64 SV Schwetzingen
1964-65 Karlsruher SC II
1965-66 Germania Forst
1966-67 ASV Feudenheim
1967-68 VfL Neckarau
1968-69 Germania Forst
1969-70 FV Weinheim
1970-71 Waldhof Mannheim
1971-72 Waldhof Mannheim
1972-73 VfR Mannheim
1973-74 Karlsruher FV
1974-75 VfB Eppingen
1975-76 VfR Mannheim
1976-77 SV Neckargerach
1977-78 FV Weinheim

Source:"Verbandsliga Nordbaden". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-03-07.  

  • Bold denotes team gained promotion.
  • In 1950, three teams were promoted to the new 2nd Oberliga S├╝d.
  • In 1965, the VfR Pforzheim gained promotion as runners-up as the reserves team of Karlsruher SC was ineligiable.


  • Kicker Almanach - The Football Yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the kicker Sports Magazine

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