- For the history of the Amateurliga Württemberg after 1978, see Verbandsliga Württemberg.
|Oberliga Süd 1945-50|
|2nd Oberliga Süd 1950-63|
|Regionalliga Süd 1963-74|
|2nd Bundesliga Süd 1974-78|
|Number of Seasons|
|Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (III)|
|Verbandsliga Württemberg (IV)|
|Level on Pyramid|
|Last Champions 1977-78|
|SSV Ulm 1846|
The Amateurliga Württemberg was the highest football league in the region of the Württemberg FA and the third tier of the German football league system from its inception in 1945 until the formation of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and the Verbandsliga Württemberg below it in 1978.
The Amateurliga Württemberg was formed in 1945 in the northern half of the state of Württemberg, which is now the eastern half of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It was a feeder league to the Oberliga Süd and therefore the second tier of the football league system in the south of Germany until the interception of the 2nd Oberliga Süd in 1950. From 1950 until the establishment of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1978, it was the third tier of the football league system.
Originally, the league was called Landesliga Württemberg; in 1950 it was renamed Amateurliga after being downgraded from second to third tier. Along with this went the integration of three clubs from the Südwürttemberg region, which had been playing in two separate groups and four clubs from the now disbanded southern group of the Oberliga Südwest.
The separation of Württemberg and Südwürttemberg results from the outcome of the Second 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 winner of the Amateurliga Württemberg 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 Südbaden, Nordbaden and (from 1961) Schwarzwald-Bodensee.
The league was established in 1945 with ten teams, the winner gaining promotion to the Oberliga Süd. The founder members were:
- TSG Ulm 1846
- Spfr. Stuttgart
- SV Göppingen
- SC Stuttgart
- SSV Ulm
- SpVgg Feuerbach
- VfR Aalen
- Union Böckingen
- VfR Heilbronn
- FV Zuffenhausen
The league was split into two groups in 1960, a northern and a southern group. However only four clubs actually left from the Amateurliga Württemberg to join the new Amateurliga Schwarzwald-Bodensee. The league in the north was renamed Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg but was essentially still the same league.
The clubs leaving to the new Amateurliga Schwarzwald-Bodensee were:
With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 the Amateurliga was placed below the new Regionalliga Süd but still retained its third-tier status. It continued to do so after the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga Süd in 1974.
The Union Böckingen holds the record for years in the league, having spent 28 seasons out of a possible 33 in it, 19 of it uninterrupted from 1954 to 1973. The VfL Sindelfingen holds the record for continuous seasons in the league, having stayed there for 23 seasons from 1950 to 1973.
Disbanding of the Amateurliga Württemberg
In 1978, the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg was formed to allow direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd for the Amateure champion of the state. The teams placed one to five gained entry to the Oberliga, while the teams placed six to twelve were put into the new Verbandsliga Württemberg, now the fourth tier of the football league system. The last four teams were relegated to the Landesligas.
Admitted to the new Oberliga:
Relegated to the new Verbandsliga:
- VfB Stuttgart II
- VfR Heilbronn
- Union Böckingen
- TSG Giengen
- VfL Schorndorf
- FV Zuffenhausen
- SpVgg Renningen
Relegated to Landesliga:
|1946||TSG Ulm 1846|
|1950||TSG Ulm 1846|
|1960||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1963||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1964||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1965||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1967||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1971||VfB Stuttgart II|
|1972||SSV Ulm 1846|
|1973||SSV Ulm 1846|
|1977||SSV Ulm 1846|
|1978||SSV Ulm 1846|
- Bold denotes team gained promotion.
- In 1950 there were two teams promoted to the new 2nd Oberliga, the other team being Union Böckingen.
- In 1967 and 1971 the TSG Backnang and the SpVgg Ludwigsburg were promoted as runners-up since the VfB Stuttgart II was ineligible.
- The VfB Stuttgart II and the SSV Ulm 1846 (merger of TSG 1846 and SSV Ulm in 1970) both hold a record six championships in the Landesliga/Amateurliga Württemberg.
- Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
- Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
- Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (German) History of Southern German football in tables, publisher & author: Ludolf Hyll
- Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006