The Austrian Football First League (German: Erste Liga) is the second highest professional division in Austrian football. It contains 10 teams and is run in the same fashion as the Austrian Bundesliga. The champion of the league is promoted into the Bundesliga, the 9th has to play relegation against a team from one of the three regional leagues and the last place is directly relegated from the First League into the regional leagues. The League was known as ADEG First League due to sponsorship of a supermarket chain until the end of the 2009-10 season. The new name of the league is “Heute für Morgen – Erste Liga” which translates to “Today for tomorrow – First League”.The destination of the bottom club of the First League depends upon which Land of the Federal Republic it is a member, joining one of the Regionalligen (or regional leagues) in the east, center or west of the country. The three regional league champions have to play a home and an away relegation game with the 9th of First League for two slots in the First League. Participation in the professional First League is conditional on their licensing by the fifth senate of the federal league. If the license is refused for economic reasons, one team less will be relegated.
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