2009–10 3. Liga
|Relegated||Borussia Dortmund II|
|Goals scored||1,023 (2.69 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Régis Dorn (22)|
|Biggest home win||CZ Jena 6–0 Bayern II|
Ingolstadt 6–0 Burghausen
|Biggest away win||Bayern II 0–5 Regensburg|
|Highest scoring||Wuppertal 5–3 Kiel|
Wuppertal 5–3 Bayern II
Team changes from 2008–09
Exchange between 2. Bundesliga and 3. Liga
2008–09 3. Liga champions 1. FC Union Berlin and runners-up Fortuna Düsseldorf were directly promoted to the 2. Bundesliga. They were replaced by FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Wehen Wiesbaden, who finished in the bottom two places after the previous season.
Third-placed team SC Paderborn 07 were also promoted after defeating the 16th-placed team from last year's 2nd Bundesliga, VfL Osnabrück, in a relegation playoff. As a result, Osnabrück would play in 3. Liga.
Exchange between 3. Liga and Regionalliga
VfR Aalen and Stuttgarter Kickers were relegated after finishing the 2008–09 season in the bottom two places. 18th-placed SV Wacker Burghausen were eventually spared from relegation after 5th-placed Kickers Emden voluntarily retracted their application for a license because of financial issues. Emden will play in the fifth-tier Oberliga Niedersachsen.
Stadia and locations
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|VfL Osnabrück||Claus-Dieter Wollitz||FC Energie Cottbus purchased rights||30 June 2009||Karsten Baumann||1 July 2009||Pre-Season|
|FC Carl Zeiss Jena||Marc Fascher||End of contract||30 June 2009||René van Eck||1 July 2009||Pre-Season|
|FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt||Henri Fuchs||End of tenure as caretaker||30 June 2009||Rainer Hörgl||1 July 2009||Pre-Season|
|VfB Stuttgart II||Rainer Adrion||New coach of Germany U-21||30 June 2009||Reiner Geyer||1 July 2009||Pre-Season|
|SV Wacker Burghausen||Ralf Santelli||End of contract||30 June 2009||Jürgen Press||1 July 2009||Pre-Season|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||VfL Osnabrück (C, P)||38||20||9||9||55||37||+18||69||Promotion to 2. Bundesliga|
|2||Erzgebirge Aue (P)||38||20||8||10||57||41||+16||68|
|3||FC Ingolstadt (P)||38||18||10||10||72||46||+26||64||Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|5||Carl Zeiss Jena||38||16||12||10||54||44||+10||60|
|6||1. FC Heidenheim||38||17||8||13||66||56||+10||59|
|8||Bayern Munich II[a]||38||15||9||14||55||65||−10||54|
|10||VfB Stuttgart II[a]||38||16||4||18||53||50||+3||52|
|13||Werder Bremen II[a]||38||13||8||17||49||54||−5||47|
|18||Borussia Dortmund II[a] (R)||38||11||6||21||43||58||−15||39||Relegation to Regionalliga|
|19||Holstein Kiel (R)||38||9||11||18||43||61||−18||38|
|20||Wuppertaler SV (R)||38||10||8||20||40||61||−21||38|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
- Bayern Munich II, Borussia Dortmund II, Stuttgart II and Werder Bremen II as reserve teams from Bundesliga clubs are not eligible for promotion.
Source: Kicker magazine (in German)
- 22 goals
- 21 goals
- 17 goals
- 15 goals
- 14 goals
- Michael Holt (Holstein Kiel)
- Sven Schipplock (VfB Stuttgart II)
- Tobias Schweinsteiger (SpVgg Unterhaching)
- 13 goals
Player of the month
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- August: Björn Lindemann (VfL Osnabrück)
- September: Roberto Pinto (SV Sandhausen)
- October: Tobias Schweinsteiger (SpVgg Unterhaching)
- November: Björn Lindemann (VfL Osnabrück)
- December: Najeh Braham (Erzgebirge Aue)
- February: Tore Andreas Gundersen (Dynamo Dresden)
- March: Andreas Spann (1. FC Heidenheim)
- April: Björn Lindemann (VfL Osnabrück)
Björn Lindemann was named as player of the season
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- 3rd Liga at the official German FA website (in German)