3. Liga

CountryGermanyGermany
Season2023

The "3. Liga" is a professional football league in Germany, recognized as the third tier in the German football league system. Established in 2008 by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, DFB), it is positioned between the 2. Bundesliga and the semi-professional Regionalliga, which became the fourth division and initially consisted of three groups of 18 clubs playing separately.

The 3. Liga is the highest division that is administered by the DFB, with the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga being organized by the professional German Football League (Deutsche Fußball Liga, DFL). The league comprises 20 teams, with the season running from July to May. The teams play each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away, totaling 38 matches.

Promotion from the 3. Liga works directly upwards into the 2. Bundesliga. The top two teams in the 3. Liga at the end of the season are automatically promoted. The third-place team enters a two-legged playoff against the team that finishes 16th in the 2. Bundesliga, with the winner securing a place in the 2. Bundesliga for the following season.

As for relegation, the bottom three teams in the 3. Liga are automatically demoted to the Regionalliga. They are replaced by the champions of the Regionalliga divisions, subject to the winners meeting the 3. Liga's licensing requirements.

The 3. Liga has been a launching pad for many young players who have gone on to have successful careers in higher divisions and even internationally. It is also a platform for clubs that have fallen from grace to regroup and aim for a return to the higher echelons of German football.

The league's inaugural season was won by 1. FC Union Berlin, and since then, several clubs, including RB Leipzig and SC Paderborn 07, have gained promotion from the 3. Liga and subsequently reached the Bundesliga. The league is known for its competitiveness and unpredictability, with new champions almost every season.

In terms of media coverage, selected games are broadcast on free-to-air television on the DFB's partners' channels. The 3. Liga also maintains a strong online presence, with live scores, news, and updates available on its official website and social media platforms.

The 3. Liga is not just a football league; it is a vital part of the German football pyramid, providing a platform for clubs and players to develop and progress. It is a league that encapsulates the passion, talent, and potential that exists within German football.

3. Liga Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for 3. Liga in 2023

Player Team Goals
fc-ingolstadt-04 17
hallescher-fc 13
preussen-munster 13
erzgebirge-aue 12
fc-saarbrcken 10
dynamo-dresden 10
fc-viktoria-koln 9
verl 9
arminia-bielefeld 9
spvgg-unterhaching 9

3. Liga standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Jahn Regensburg players, news and schedule Jahn Regensburg 26 15 7 4 40 28 12 52
2 Dynamo Dresden players, news and schedule Dynamo Dresden 26 16 1 9 45 26 19 49
3 SSV ULM 1846 players, news and schedule SSV ULM 1846 26 14 5 7 45 32 13 47
4 Preussen Munster players, news and schedule Preussen Munster 27 11 10 6 47 35 12 43
5 Borussia Dortmund II players, news and schedule Borussia Dortmund II 26 11 9 6 38 30 8 42
6 SV Sandhausen players, news and schedule SV Sandhausen 26 11 9 6 40 33 7 42
7 Rot-weiss Essen players, news and schedule Rot-weiss Essen 26 13 3 10 37 38 -1 42
8 Erzgebirge AUE players, news and schedule Erzgebirge AUE 26 11 8 7 33 30 3 41
9 SpVgg Unterhaching players, news and schedule SpVgg Unterhaching 25 11 7 7 32 25 7 40
10 FC Ingolstadt 04 players, news and schedule FC Ingolstadt 04 26 11 6 9 48 37 11 39
11 FC Saarbrücken players, news and schedule FC Saarbrücken 25 9 11 5 42 29 13 38
12 Verl players, news and schedule Verl 26 10 6 10 44 43 1 36
13 TSV 1860 Munich players, news and schedule TSV 1860 Munich 26 10 5 11 30 27 3 35
14 FC Viktoria Koln players, news and schedule FC Viktoria Koln 26 8 8 10 39 45 -6 32
15 Arminia Bielefeld players, news and schedule Arminia Bielefeld 26 7 7 12 37 41 -4 28
16 Hallescher FC players, news and schedule Hallescher FC 26 7 4 15 39 55 -16 25
17 Waldhof Mannheim players, news and schedule Waldhof Mannheim 26 6 6 14 30 45 -15 24
18 MSV Duisburg players, news and schedule MSV Duisburg 27 5 8 14 27 42 -15 23
19 VfB Lubeck players, news and schedule VfB Lubeck 26 4 10 12 26 49 -23 22
20 Freiburg II players, news and schedule Freiburg II 26 3 4 19 22 51 -29 13

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 173/245 71%
Over/Under 28/40 70%
League Correct %
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 19/22 86%
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 44/54 81%
First League logo First League 104/132 79%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 121/157 77%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 99/128 77%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 54/70 77%
NPFL logo NPFL 86/113 76%
Süper Lig logo Süper Lig 176/233 76%