Requirements like the fact that Regionalliga stadiums had to have at least 1, seats and a separate stand with separate entrance for away spectators were seen as causing to much of a financial strain on amateur clubs.
Many clubs also struggled to cope with the pages long license application, having to rely on volunteers rather than being able draw on permanent staff.
This led to Oberliga champions even, at times, declining their right for promotion to avoid the financial risk the Regionalliga meant to them, breaking with a basic principle of German football, that league champions would almost always be promoted.
In a special conference of the German Football Association , the DFB , in October , of delegates voted for a reform of the league system on the fourth level.
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 was questioned.
For this purpose, the paper also demanded a reestablishment of the German amateur football championship as an incentive and goal for top amateur clubs who did not want to turn professional.
The new leagues will nominally be playing with 18 clubs expect Regionalliga Nordost with 16 , however, in its first, transitional season the DFB will permit up to 22 clubs in the league.
Restrictions exist on reserve sides. No more than seven reserve teams are permitted per Regionalliga, should there be more in a league the additional ones would have to be moved to a different Regionalliga.
Reserve teams of 3rd Liga clubs are not permitted to play in the Regionalliga. The make up of the clubs entering the new Regionalligas from the leagues below was left to the regional football association and not regulated by the DFB.
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