|Name||Association for Physical Exercise
1883 e.V. Hamm/Sieg
|Seat||Hamm (Sieg), Rhineland-Palatinate|
|Board of Directors||Axel Mast|
|First football team|
|Head Coach||Jens Hannas|
|Venue||Sports Center Hamm|
|League||Rhineland East District League|
The VfL Hamm (officially: Verein für Leibesübungen von 1883 Hamm e.V.) is a sports club from Hamm (Sieg) in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald). The first football team played 19 years in the then third- or fourth-class Oberliga Südwest and participated four times in the DFB Cup.
On August 15, 1883, the TV Hamm was founded. Through the accession of FC Einigkeit Hamm, founded in 1916, TV Hamm received a football department, which became independent as Sportfreunde Hamm in 1923 as part of the Reinliche Scheidung. On November 30, 1935, the Sportfreunde merged with TV Hamm to form VfL Hamm.
Between 1957 and 1962, the VfL played in the 2nd amateur league Rhineland, but slipped in 1966 in the 1st Kreisklasse down. In the 1970s, the VfL experienced a sporting upswing. In 1978, the Hammer climbed into the Verbandsliga Rheinland. Four years later, the jump succeeded in the then third-class Oberliga Southwest, from which the VfL immediately relegated again. The return to the Oberliga was successful in 1985, when the Hammer became Verbandsliga champions with a one-point lead over TuS Koblenz. The team quickly established itself there, finishing third in the 1986/87 season. In the following years, VfL only achieved mid-table finishes. In 1993, the team only managed to stay in the league thanks to a better goal difference against SV Viktoria Herxheim.
A year later, the Hammer missed out on the reintroduced regional league. At the end of the 1990s, the team improved in the table and could celebrate the vice-championship in 2000 and 2001. Two years later, the VfL was relegated from the Oberliga. In 2006, the Hammer had to leave the Rheinliga to the bottom. The following season, the club was unable to field a team and continued in the Kreisliga A. After two relegations in a row, VfL crashed down to the Kreisliga C. After two promotions in a row, the VfL competed in the Kreisliga A Westerwald/Sieg from 2011 onwards and managed promotion to the Bezirksliga-Ost two years later.
In 1986, 1987, 1999 and 2000, VfL won the Rhineland Cup and qualified for the DFB Cup as a result. In their first appearance in the 1986/87 season, the team only had to admit defeat to FC Gütersloh in the penalty shootout of the replay. A year later, there was a 2:7 defeat against KSV Hessen Kassel. In the third appearance, VfL failed with 0:4 to Stuttgarter Kickers, while the Hammer lost 0:6 to Energie Cottbus a year later.
- Hardy Grüne, Christian Karn: Das große Buch der deutschen Fußballvereine. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-362-2, p. 209.