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Under 17 Bundesliga
Founded
2007
Nation
 Germany
Map of Germany
Divisions
U17 Bundesliga North/Northeast
U17 Bundesliga South/Southwest
U17 Bundesliga West
Number of clubs
42
Level on Pyramid
Level 1
Current champions 2008-09
VfB Stuttgart

The Under 17 Bundesliga (German: B-Junioren Bundesliga) is the highest level of play in German football for male juniors between the ages of 15 and 17.[1] It was formed in 2007 and operates in three regional divisions with 14 clubs each. At the end of season, the three league winners and one of the runners-up determine the German champions for this age group.

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History

The league was formed in 2007, when the five U 17 Regionalligas merged to form the three Bundesligas as follows:

  • Under 17 Bundesliga North/Northeast formed from:
    • Under 17 Regionalliga North
    • Under 17 Regionalliga Northeast
  • Under 17 Bundesliga South/Southwest formed from:
    • Under 17 Regionalliga South
    • Under 17 Regionalliga Southwest
  • Under 17 Bundesliga West formed from:
    • Under 17 Regionalliga West

As such, the DFB followed the example it had set with the Under 19 Bundesligas in 2004, which were reorganised in the same fashion.

The Regionalligas itself had only been formed in 2000, to replace an even more regionalised system with separate leagues for every regional football association.[2]

Modus

The clubs in each of the three divisions play a home-and-away round whereby there is no inter-league play. Every club plays therefore 26 regular season games. The bottom three teams in each division are relegated to the next level below, in turn, the best three teams from the region are promoted.

The winner of each league plus the runners-up of the South/Southwest region play in the finals round for the German Under 17 championship. The semi-finals are played in a home-and-away format. If the two semi-final teams playing each other are level on points and goals after the second game, there will be a penalty shoot-out. No extra time will be played.

The two semi-final winners reach the final, which is held at the location of the winner of the predetermined semi-final A, unless the teams stadium does not comply with DFB requirement, in which case an alternative venue will be determined. In the final, which is one game only, in case of a draw after normal time, a 20 minute extra time will be played. If the game is still a draw, a penalty shoot-out will determine the winner.[2]

Geography

Bundesliga North/Northeast
Bundesliga South/Southwest
Bundesliga West

The three Bundesligas are not geographically balanced, North/Northeast covers a large area while West a rather small one, but in population termes, the arrangement is much more level. The three leagues cover the following states:

League pyramide

Below the three Bundesligas, a number of second tier leagues exist which teams are promoted from and relegated to. The league system operates as follows for the 2008-09 season.[3]

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Under 17 Bundesliga North/Northeast

The league has two second divisions as the tier below, these being:

  • Regionalliga North
  • Regionalliga Northeast

The league champions are directly promoted while the two runners-ups play each other for a third promotion spot

Under 17 Bundesliga South/Southwest

The league has four second divisions as the tier below, these being:

  • Regionalliga Southwest
  • Hessenliga
  • Oberliga Baden-Württemberg
  • Bayernliga

The winners of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and Bayernliga are directly promoted. A third promoted team is determined between the winners of the Hessenliga and the Regionalliga Southwest.

Under 17 Bundesliga West

The league has three second divisions as the tier below, these being:

  • Verbandsliga Mittelrhein
  • Verbandsliga Niederrhein
  • Westfalenliga

The three league champions are directly promoted.

Levels of youth football

German football recognises seven levels of junior football, determined by age and labeled with letters, whereby A is the oldest. In the A level, mixed teams of male and females are not permitted while in B and C mixed teams are allowed if the parents or guardiens of the children permit it. Below the C level, mixed teams are generally permitted without restrictions.[4]

Name Age
A-Junioren Under 19
B-Junioren Under 17
C-Junioren Under 15
D-Junioren Under 13
E-Junioren Under 11
F-Junioren Under 9
G-Junioren Under 7

League winners

Season North/Northeast South/Southwest West
2007-08 Hertha BSC Berlin TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Borussia Dortmund
2008-09 VfL Wolfsburg FC Bayern Munich Borussia Mönchengladbach

Championship winners

The German under 17 football championship begun in 1977, with the first final being played on 3 July 1977 in Niefern.[5]

Pre-Bundesliga era

Season Winner Finalist Result
1976-77 Eintracht Frankfurt FC Schalke 04 2-1
1977-78 FC Schalke 04 Hertha Zehlendorf 6-0
1978-79 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin FC Augsburg 1-1 / 5-4 after pen.
1979-80 Eintracht Frankfurt (2) FC Schalke 04 2-1
1980-81 Borussia Mönchengladbach Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0
1981-82 SG Wattenscheid 09 Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1
1982-83 1. FC Kaiserslautern Werder Bremen 2-1
1983-84 Borussia Dortmund TSV 1860 Munich 1-0
1984-85 VfL Bochum Kickers Offenbach 3-0
1985-86 VfB Stuttgart Schwarz-Weiß Essen 5-0
1986-87 Bayer Uerdingen 1. FC Nuremberg 4-0
1987-88 Hertha Zehlendorf VfB Stuttgart 2-1
1988-89 FC Bayern Munich Hertha Zehlendorf 1-1 / 5-4 after pen.
1989-90 1. FC Köln VfB Stuttgart 2-1
1990-91 Eintracht Frankfurt (3) Hertha BSC Berlin 2-2 / 8-4 after pen.
1991-92 Bayer Leverkusen 1. FC Kaiserslautern 2-1
1992-93 Borussia Dortmund (2) FC Carl Zeiss Jena 5-1
1993-94 VfB Stuttgart (2) Hannover 96 3-0
1994-95 VfB Stuttgart (3) Hannover 96 3-1
1995-96 Borussia Dortmund (3) 1. FC Saarbrücken 6-1
1996-97 FC Bayern Munich (2) Werder Bremen 3-0
1997-98 Borussia Dortmund (4) VfB Stuttgart 2-2 / 3-2 after pen.
1998-99 VfB Stuttgart (4) Borussia Dortmund 3-1
1999-00 Hertha BSC Berlin FC Bayern Munich 1-0
2000-01 FC Bayern Munich (3) Borussia Dortmund 4-0
2001-02 FC Schalke 04 (2) VfB Stuttgart 3-1 aet
2002-03 Hertha BSC Berlin (2) VfB Stuttgart 4-1
2003-04 VfB Stuttgart (5) Energie Cottbus 2-1
2004-05 Hertha BSC Berlin (3) Hansa Rostock 2-0
2005-06 TSV 1860 Munich Borussia Dortmund 2-0
2006-07 FC Bayern Munich (4) Borussia Dortmund 1-0

Bundesliga era

Season Winner Finalist Result
2007-08 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Borussia Dortmund 6-4
2008-09 VfB Stuttgart FC Bayern Munich 3-1 aet
  • Winner in bold.
  • (2) denotes the number of titles the club has one at this stage when it won more than one.
  • Source: Alle B-Junioren-Meister (German) official DFB website: List of all champions, accessed: 16 November 2008

Winners & Finalists

As of 2008, this is the standing in the all-time winners list:

Club Championships Finals
VfB Stuttgart 6 11
FC Bayern Munich 4 6
Borussia Dortmund 4 9
Hertha BSC Berlin 3 4
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 5
FC Schalke 04 2 4
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1 1
TSV 1860 Munich 1 2
Bayer Leverkusen 1 1
1. FC Köln 1 1
Hertha Zehlendorf 1 3
Bayer Uerdingen 1 1
VfL Bochum 1 1
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1 2
SG Wattenscheid 09 1 1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 1
Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 1 1
Werder Bremen 0 2
Hannover 96 0 2
Hansa Rostock 0 1
Energie Cottbus 0 1
1. FC Saarbrücken 0 1
FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0 1
1. FC Nuremberg 0 1
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 0 1
Kickers Offenbach 0 1
FC Augsburg 0 1
  • On four occasions, the Fussball-Bundesliga champions also won the German under 17 title:
    • 1989: FC Bayern Munich
    • 1996: Borussia Dortmund
    • 1997: FC Bayern Munich
    • 2001: FC Bayern Munich
  • On two occasions, the Fussball-Bundesliga champions also won the German under 17 and under 19 title:
    • 1996: Borussia Dortmund
    • 2001: FC Bayern Munich
  • On four occasions, the under 19 champions also won the under 17 title:
    • 1987: Bayer Uerdingen
    • 1996: Borussia Dortmund
    • 1998: Borussia Dortmund
    • 2001: FC Bayern Munich

Past championships

2008

  • Semi final
Date Home Away Result
11 June 2008 Hertha BSC Berlin TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-6
15 June 2008 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hertha BSC Berlin 1-3
11 June 2008 1. FC Kaiserslautern Borussia Dortmund 1-3
15 June 2008 Borussia Dortmund 1. FC Kaiserslautern 0-1
  • Final
Date Home Away Result
21 June 2008 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Borussia Dortmund 6-4
  • Source: Endrunde 2008 (German) official DFB website, accessed: 16 November 2008

2009

  • Semi final
Date Home Away Result
17 June 2009 Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg 3-0
21 June 2009 VfL Wolfsburg Bayern Munich 1-0
17 June 2009 VfB Stuttgart Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1
21 June 2009 Borussia Mönchengladbach VfB Stuttgart 0-1
  • Final
Date Home Away Result
27 June 2009 Bayern Munich VfB Stuttgart 1-3 aet
  • Source: Endrunde 2009 (German) official DFB website, accessed: 25 June 2009
  • Winner in bold.

Clubs & league finishes

North/Northeast

Club 07 08 09 10
Hertha BSC Berlin 1 1 3
VfL Wolfsburg 5 2 1
Werder Bremen 2 3 2
Hamburger SV 1 4 6
F.C. Hansa Rostock 4 5 4
Hannover 96 3 6 9
VfL Osnabrück 6 7 7
Tennis Borussia Berlin 2 8 5
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 5 9 10
Energie Cottbus 6 10 8
Holstein Kiel 4 11 11
Dynamo Dresden 7 12
Sachsen Leipzig 3 13
Eintracht Braunschweig 7 14
Concordia Hamburg 8 13
FC St. Pauli 9 12
Hertha Zehlendorf 14
LTS Bremerhaven 10
Braunschweiger SC 11
Schleswig 06 12
SC Langenhagen 13
SC Weyhe 14
1. FC Magdeburg 8
Chemnitzer FC 9
1. FC Neubrandenburg 04 10
Tasmania Gropiusstadt 11
FC Carl Zeiss Jena 12
1. FC Union Berlin 13
Frankfurter FC Viktoria 14

South/Southwest

Club 07 08 09 10
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5 1 6
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1 2 4
VfB Stuttgart 3 3 2
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 4 10
1. FC Nuremberg 8 5 5
FC Bayern Munich 1 6 1
1. FSV Mainz 05 3 7 12
Karlsruher SC 7 8 8
1. FC Saarbrücken 2 9 13
TSV 1860 Munich 4 10 3
SC Freiburg 6 11 9
Stuttgarter Kickers 12
Jahn Regensburg 13
SG Rosenhöhe Offenbach 14
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 7
Kickers Offenbach 9 14
SSV Ulm 1846 11 11
FC Augsburg 10
TSG Backnang 12
Borussia Neunkirchen 4
TuS Koblenz 5
SSV Bachem 6
SV Gonsenheim 7
Ludwigshafener SC 8
Eintracht Trier 9
TuS Mayen 10
SV Thalexweiler 11
Hassia Bingen 12
SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf 13
SG Betzdorf 14

West

Club 07 08 09 10
Borussia Dortmund 2 1 4
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 2 1
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5 3 3
Arminia Bielefeld 9 4 7
VfL Bochum 7 5 13
FC Schalke 04 3 6 6
1. FC Köln 4 7 2
MSV Duisburg 11 8 5
Preußen Münster 9 11
Rot-Weiß Essen 12 10 8
Alemannia Aachen 6 11 10
Bonner SC 10 12
SG Wattenscheid 09 8 13
Fortuna Düsseldorf 14
TSC Eintracht 48/95 Dortmund 14
Sportfreunde Troisdorf 9
Wuppertaler SV Borussia 12
Colour Region of origin
North
Northeast
South
Southwest
West

See also

External links

Sources

  • kicker Almanach 1990 (German) Yearbook of German football, publisher: kicker, published: 1989, ISBN 3767902974

References

  1. ^ DFB Jugendordnung - § 5 (German) DFB website: Regulations for youth football, accessed: 16 November 2008
  2. ^ a b Rund um die B-Junioren-Meisterschaft (German) DFB website: Explanations to the league system
  3. ^ DFB Jugendordnung - § 19 - Aufstieg in die Junioren-Bundesligen (German) DFB website - Promotion to the Bundesligas, accessed: 27 November 2008
  4. ^ DFB Jugendordnung - § 5 - Altersklasseneinteilung (German) DFB website - rules & regulations of German youth football, accessed: 27 November 2008
  5. ^ kicker Almanach 1990 (German) publisher: kicker, published: 1989, accessed: 17 November 2008

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