|Date||R||Domácí vs Hosté||-|
|08/12 17:00||2||Kickers Offenbach vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II||View|
|08/13 12:00||2||SSV Ulm 1846 vs Bahlinger SC||View|
|08/13 12:00||2||FC Astoria Walldorf vs Wormatia Worms||View|
|08/13 12:00||2||TSV Steinbach vs Mohuč II||View|
|08/13 12:00||2||VfR Aalen vs SG Barockstadt||View|
|08/13 12:00||2||TSG Balingen vs SGV Freiberg||View|
|08/14 12:00||2||VfB Stuttgart II vs Eintracht Trier||View|
|08/14 12:00||2||Hessen Kassel vs Rot-Weiss Koblenz||View|
|08/14 12:00||2||FC 08 Homburg vs FSV Frankfurt||View|
|08/19 17:00||3||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II vs FC Astoria Walldorf||View|
|08/19 17:00||3||VfR Aalen vs TSG Balingen||View|
|08/20 12:00||3||FSV Frankfurt vs Hessen Kassel||View|
|Date||R||Domácí vs Hosté||-|
|08/07 12:00||1|| Wormatia Worms vs Kickers Offenbach ||1-0|
|08/07 12:00||1|| TSG Hoffenheim II vs KSV Hessen Kassel ||2-0|
|08/06 12:00||1||SG Barockstadt vs TSV Steinbach||1-0|
|08/06 12:00||1||SGV Freiberg vs VfR Aalen||1-2|
|08/06 12:00||1||Mohuč II vs SSV Ulm 1846||0-4|
|08/06 12:00||1||Bahlinger SC vs VfB Stuttgart II||3-2|
|08/06 12:00||1||Rot-Weiss Koblenz vs FC 08 Homburg||1-3|
|08/06 12:00||1||FSV Frankfurt vs TSG Balingen||1-0|
|08/06 12:00||1||Eintracht Trier vs FC Astoria Walldorf||3-0|
|05/14 12:00||38|| TSV Schott Mainz vs Bahlinger SC ||3-0|
|05/14 12:00||38||Hessen Kassel vs FC Giessen||3-0|
|05/14 12:00||38|| Rot-Weiss Koblenz vs SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach ||0-1|
The Regionalliga Südwest (English: Regional League Southwest) is the fourth tier of the German football league system in the states of Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. It is one of five leagues at this level, together with the Regionalliga Bayern, Regionalliga Nordost, Regionalliga Nord and the Regionalliga West.
The league was formed at the end of the 2011–12 season, when the clubs from the Regionalliga Süd, except those from Bavaria, were joined by the clubs of the Regionalliga West from Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate.
The German league system had been reformed in 2008, when the 3rd Liga was established and the number of regional leagues increased from two to three. A further alteration was made in 2011. This was prompted by the large number of insolvencies in the fourth tier, caused by high costs and infrastructure requirements while, at the same time, the clubs at this level complained about low incomes and lack of interest from TV broadcasters. Regionalliga stadiums had to have at least 1,000 seats and a separate stand with separate entrance for away spectators; and such requirements were seen as causing excessive financial strain on amateur clubs. Many clubs also struggled to cope with the 400-page long licence application, as they had to rely on volunteers rather than being able to draw on permanent staff.
This led to Oberliga champions sometimes even declining their right to promotion to avoid the financial risks of the Regionalliga, thus breaking a basic principle of German football, that league champions would almost always be promoted.
In October 2010, at a special conference of the German Football Association, the DFB, 223 of the 253 delegates voted for a reform of the league system at the fourth level. The number of Regionalligas was to be expanded to five, with the re-establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost, the formation of the Regionalliga Bayern and a shift of the Regionalliga Süd to the new Regionalliga Süd/Südwest, later renamed Regionalliga Südwest.
The suggestion for the league reform had come from Bavaria, where, in a meeting of the Bavarian top-level amateur clubs at Wendelstein, the financial survival of the leagues and clubs in the current system had been questioned. This meeting resulted in the publication of what was called the Wendelsteiner Anstoß, which demanded a clear demarcation between professional football on the first three tiers of German football and amateur football below that. For this purpose, the paper also demanded a re-establishment of the German amateur football championship as an incentive and goal for top amateur clubs who did not want to turn professional.
With the Regionaliga reform in 2012, the Regionaliga was increased from three to five leagues. Since then, these have been the North, Northeast, West, Southwest and Bavaria leagues. The league is hosted by the Southwestern Regional Football Association and the Southern German Football Association (with the exception of the Bavarian Football Association). It extends over the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.
From the 2012/13 to 2017/18 seasons, the champion and the runner-up took part in the Promotion to the 3. Liga. The runner-up was taken into account because six teams were required for the promotion round and because the region of the Regionalliga Südwest, then and now, had the most teams and members of all five regional leagues. For the 2018/19 to 2020/21 seasons, there was a rule that only the champion will be promoted directly to the 3. Liga; there will be no promotion for the runners-up. The relay strength in the 2019/20 season was 18 teams. From the leagues below the Regionalliga Südwest, there are a total of four promoted teams: from the upper leagues of Rhineland-Palatinate/Saar, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, one team each, usually the champions, is promoted; the three runners-up play to be the fourth promotion.
In 2017, the league signed an agreement to host the China national under-20 football team, allowing the team to compete in the league in friendly matches to fill in as the league's 20th club. The arrangement was only approved by 16 of the 19 clubs in the league, with those in opposition criticising it as part of the increasing commercialisation of football. During the team's match against TSV Schott Mainz, the display of a Tibetan flag led to the team walking off in protest. Consequently, the Chinese players were recalled and the agreement was abrogated.
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach, Eintracht Frankfurt II, Eintracht Trier, Wormatia Worms, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II, 1. FC Kaiserslautern II, SC Freiburg II, 1. FSV Mainz 05 II, KSV Hessen Kassel, SV Elversberg, SV Waldhof Mannheim, SC 07 Idar-Oberstein, SC Pfullendorf, TuS Koblenz, FSV Frankfurt II, FC Bayern Alzenau, SSV Ulm 1846, 1. FC Eschborn, FC 08 Homburg