Numerous Northeast regional league teams have started a petition to get the Northeast German Football Association (NOFV) to rethink how they deal with the controversial promotion scheme to the 3rd division. The association should support them “in their demand for an extraordinary DFB Bundestag to be convened,” the clubs are demanding.
The clubs are pushing for a direct promotion to the third division, but NOFV President Hermann Winkler recently referred to a “lack of a basis for decision-making”.
Clubs like Chemnitzer FC, Energie Cottbus and Carl Zeiss Jena now went on the offensive. “The current promotion regulation contradicts all principles of fair play and equal treatment and thus also the preamble of the DFB statutes,” says the petition: “Promotion and relegation are not atomic physics – but they have been dividing our football for years. They separate in West and East, North and South, lucky or unlucky. Stop it!”
From the current five regional leagues, the champions from the west and south-west rise directly every year. Every year, the direct climber changes from the Northeast, North and Bavaria squadrons. The other two champions determine the fourth climber in two relegation games.
The north-east clubs now want to “work out a solution together with clubs in the North Regional League and Bavaria and bring it in within three weeks”. A fair regulation for promotion and relegation is essential,” says the petition.