Lotte won its way to the Verbandsliga Westfalen (V) in 1996 and after a title there in 2004 was promoted to the Oberliga Westfalen (IV), later Regionalliga West. They won that league in 2012–13 but lost the promotion game to RB Leipzig. The season after, in 2013–14, the club finished in second place. It won the Regionalliga West once more in 2015–16 and, after defeating Waldhof Mannheim in the play-off, earned promotion to the 3. Liga for the first time. On May 18, 2019, they were relegated to Regionalliga West.
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