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FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Logo FC Carl Zeiss Jena.svg
ChairmanRalf Schmidt-Röh
ManagerChristopher Heck
League2. Frauen-Bundesliga
2019-20Frauen-Bundesliga, 12th of 12 (relegated)

FC Carl Zeiss Jena is a German women's football club from Jena, Thuringia. The club currently plays in the 2. Bundesliga, the second highest level of women's football in Germany.

Carl Zeiss Jena played regional women's football since 2016/17 but became more prominent, when it merged with FF USV Jena in 2020.


HSG Uni Jena, USV Jena, FF USV Jena

Former logo of FF USV Jena

After becoming the last East German women's football champion in 1991, Uni Jena was admitted to the Bundesliga after the reunification of Germany. They were relegated after one season and have remained in the 2nd tier league (then Regionalliga, later 2nd Bundesliga) since then. In 2003 Jena became champions of the northeastern Regionalliga but failed to achieve promotion to the Bundesliga. The decisive match was lost at home against Hamburger SV. A year later they qualified for the newly founded 2nd Bundesliga and were grouped into the southern division.

In 2004 a new women's club was founded, so the USV Jena became the FF USV Jena (FF for Frauenfußball, women's football)[1]

In 2005 and 2006 they came in third, in 2007 even in second place. In the 2007-08 season, Jena finished first in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd and got promoted to the Bundesliga. In 2008-09 the managed a 9th place and improved to an 8th place the next season. The team's biggest success was reaching the final of the 2009-10 Frauen DFB-Pokal, where they lost 0-1 to FCR 2001 Duisburg.[]

From 1 July 2020 on, the club will play under a new name, after agreeing to a merger with the men's football club FC Carl Zeiss Jena.[2]

Carl Zeiss's women's section

Carl Zeiss entered a women's team in the Thüringenliga, the 4th level, for the first time in the 2017/18 season. It remained in that league for three years, finishing first eventually.[3] The team was created by transferring over USV Jena III. USV Jena kept their first two teams.

Merger with Carl Zeiss

After the 2019/20 season FF USV Jena, transferred all their teams to FC Carl Zeiss Jena, in order to combine forces and benefit of the larger club with its image.[4]

Current squad

As of 28 August 2020.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


  • Head coach: Christopher Heck
  • Assistant coach: Thilo Osterbrink, Susann Utes
  • Goalkeeper coach: Stephan Fleischhauer
  • Fitness coach: Martin Buder

Former notable players


  1. ^ http://www.fansoccer.de/zweiteligasued/interviews/heidivater08/heidivater08.htm
  2. ^ "FF USV schließt sich FC Carl Zeiss Jena an". DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.fupa.net/club/fc-carl-zeiss-jena/team/708332/history
  4. ^ https://www.mdr.de/sport/fussball_1bl/frauen-bundesliga-usv-jena-abstieg-carl-zeiss-100.html

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