Bayer Uerdingen, in third place, won promotion through the play-offs for a third time, this time overcoming the previous seasons 2. Schalke bounced back immediately, coming second behind Karlsruher SC in 1983–84.
Third place went to MSV Duisburg wo were deceisively beaten 0–5 by Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt at home.
The last round of the season in the south also saw an all-time goal scoring record per round when 55 goals were scored in ten games.The northern division incidentally set the second best mark when it scored 51 goals the day before. Pauli and Vf B Stuttgart while the third promotion spot went to TSV 1860 München, having had to play a third game after Arminia Bielefeld and TSV 1860 each won their home games 4–0, with the decider ending 2–0 in favour of the southern team.The northern division was unusually strong that season, having received all three relegated teams of the 1979–80 Bundesliga season, SV Werder Bremen, Eintracht Braunschweig and Hertha BSC, and playing with 22 teams.Bremen won the league while Braunschweig came second. In the south, the league was won by SV Darmstadt 98 for a second time while runners-up Kickers Offenbach lost out to Braunschweig in the play-offs.The play-offs for the third Bundesliga spot were contested by FK Pirmasens and Bayer Uerdingen, with Uerdingen winning 6–0 at home after a four-all draw in the first leg.
The second season saw league championships for Tennis Borussia Berlin and 1.The league replaced the five Regionalligas that were at this level from 1963 to 1974.Each Regionalliga had a set quota of clubs that could qualify for the new league with the Regionalliga Süd receiving thirteen spots, the Regionalliga West twelve, the Regionalliga Nord and Regionalliga Südwest seven and the Regionalliga Berlin one.The bottom clubs in the league are relegated to the third division which has been, from 1974 to 1994 the Oberliga, from 1994 to 2008 the Regionalliga and since 2008 the 3. The number of relegated clubs has fluctuated over the years. FC Nürnberg holds the record number of championships in the league with four.Since 2008 two clubs are directly relegated while the third-last team has the opportunity to defend its league place in play-offs against the third placed team of the 3. The club also holds the record for number of promotions from the 2. For the 2015–16 season, an average of 19,176 spectators watched 2. Bundesliga the world's most-watched secondary football league. Bundesliga as a fully professional league below the Bundesliga was made at the annual convention of the German Football Association, the DFB, in Frankfurt on 30 June 1973.Fourth place went to TSV 1860 München, one point behind Offenbach, but the club found itself relegated after the DFB refused it a licence for the following season.