16 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 30 games each, over 30 game weeks.

Scoring points:
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

Table order:
1. points won; 2. lesser number of games awarded against; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. games won; 6. away games won; 7. points in head-to-head matches; 8. goal difference in hth matches; 9. goals scored in hth matches.

Relegation to the league:
1 team from Bundesliga

Promotion from the league:
1 place: promoted to Bundesliga

Relegation from the league:
14-16 place: relegated to Regionalliga

Promotion to the league:
3 teams from Regionalliga

Promotion and relegation of II teams:
II teams cannot be promoted.
If any of them finishes on a promotion spot, then the next best team in the final table promotes instead.
II teams are to be relegated regardless of their league position if their first team gets relegated to 1. Liga.
In such case and if the II team is above the relegation zone, the best placed team in the relegation zone keeps its place in 1. Liga instead.