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DFL President Rauball to step down next year

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Reinhard Rauball will not seek reelection at the DFL General Assembly in 2019, as the organization seeks to develop new ideas for the future of German soccer.

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Borussia Dortmund and DFL president Dr. Reinhard Rauball announced he will resign as head of the DFL next August. Rauball has been in charge of the DFL for 12 years, taking over from Werner Hackmann in 2007.

In his statement, he remarked on his time at the position and hoped for the future:

We are collectively convinced that the DFL needs a new form of organization in keeping with the times...After intense consideration, I have decided that I will not be available for office in the DFL again in the coming summer.

Rauball said it was time for new blood in the DFL leadership, saying, “When the way into the future is ready, it is only logical that from this point in time younger people assume leadership and responsibility in a new DFL structure.”

The DFL has not announced a potential replacement, and no favorites to take over the position have been revealed. The organization is entering a state of transition as it attempts to address the questions surrounding the competitiveness of the Bundesliga internationally in coordination with the clubs of the two top tiers.