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Bezirksoberliga Braunschweig
Founded
2006
Nation
 Germany
Map of Germany:Position of Lower Saxony highlighted
States
Flag of Lower Saxony Lower Saxony
Promotion To
Oberliga Niedersachsen-Ost
Relegation To
Bezirksliga Braunschweig 1-4
Number of Clubs
16
Level on Pyramid
Level 6
Current champions 2008-09
SVG Göttingen

The Bezirksoberliga Braunschweig, is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the second highest league in the German state of Lower Saxony (German:Niedersachsen). It covers the region of the now defunct Regierungsbezirk Braunschweig.

It is one of four leagues at this level in Lower Saxony, the other three being the Bezirksoberliga Lüneburg, the Bezirksoberliga Weser-Ems and the Bezirksoberliga Hannover.

The term Bezirksoberliga could loosely be translated as Province Premier League, a Regierungsbezirk being somewhat equal to a Province.

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Overview

Map of Lower Saxony:Position of the Braunschweig region highlighted

The league was formed in 2006 as a replacement of the Landesliga Braunschweig, which had existed at this level. The new Bezirksoberliga was made up of fifteen clubs,[1] two from the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-Ost, eleven from the Landesliga and one from the two Bezirksligas each. The league was formed in a reorganisation of the league system in Lower Saxony, whereby the four regional Landsligas were replaced by the Bezirksoberligas. Below these, the number of Bezirksligas was increased. In Braunschweig, the two Bezirksligas were expanded to four, as in the other regions, except Weser-Ems, which was expanded to five.[2]

The Bezirksoberliga, like the Landesliga before, was set in the league system below the Verbandsliga and above the now four Bezirksligas, which were numbered from one to four. The winner of the Bezirksoberliga was directly promoted to the Verbandsliga, while the bottom placed teams, in a varying number, were relegated to the Bezirksliga. The Bezirksoberligas of Weser-Ems and Hannover form the tier below the Verbandsliga West, while those of Lüneburg and Braunschweig form the tier below the eastern division of the Verbandsliga.

In the leagues first season, 2006-07, the runners-up of the league, SCW Göttingen, was also promoted, like the runners-up from Lüneburg.[3] In the following season, only the league champions were promoted while, in 2009, the ULM Wolfsburg moved up a level as runners-up.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, with the introduction of the 3rd Liga, the Verbandsliga was renamed Oberliga Niedersachsen-Ost.[4] For the Bezirksoberliga, this had no direct consequences.

After the 2009-10 season, the two Oberligas (English: Premier league) in Lower Saxony will be merged to one single division. The four Bezirksoberliga champions that season will not be automatically promoted, instead they will have to compete with the four teams placed ninth and tenth in the Oberliga for four more spots in the this league.[5]

Top-three of the Bezirksoberliga

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2006-07 SSV Vorsfelde SCW Göttingen ULM Wolfsburg
2007-08 Goslarer SC 08 SVG Göttingen TuSpo Petershütte
2008-09 SVG Göttingen ULM Wolfsburg MTV Wolfenbüttel
2009-10
  • Promoted teams in bold.

Founding members

The league was formed from sixteen clubs from the following leagues:

  • From the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen-Ost:
    • SSV Vorsfelde
    • TuSpo Petershütte
  • From the Landesliga Braunschweig:
    • TSV Hillerse
    • TSV Helmstedt
    • MTV Isenbüttel
    • SV Breitenberg
    • Fortuna Lebenstedt
    • Braunschweiger SC
    • SCW Göttingen
    • SV GW Vallstedt
    • ULM Wolfsburg
    • SpVg Einbeck
    • Rot-Weiss Braunschweig
  • From the Bezirksliga Braunschweig Nord:
    • 1. FC Wolfsburg
  • From the Bezirksliga Braunschweig Süd:
    • SVG Göttingen

External links

Sources

  • Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS

References

  1. ^ Bezirksoberliga Braunschweig table 2006-07 Fussball.de, accessed: 12 July 2009
  2. ^ Spielordnung des Niedersächsischen Fußballverbandes e.V. (German) Rules and regulations of the Lower Saxony football association, published: 16 May 2009, accessed: 12 July 2009
  3. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saison 2006-07 (German) publisher: DSFS, page: 237
  4. ^ Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen - Die Saisonn 2007-08 (German) publisher: DSFS, page: 238
  5. ^ Oberliga Niedersachsen 2009-10: Regulations (German) NFV website, accessed: 9 July 2009
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