1940–41 Netherlands Football League Championship

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Netherl. Football Championship
Season 1940-1941
Champions Heracles (2nd title)

The Netherlands Football League Championship 1940/1941 was contested by 52 teams participating in five divisions. The national champion would be determined by a play-off featuring the winners of the eastern, northern, southern and two western football divisions of the Netherlands. Heracles won its second championship this year by beating PSV Eindhoven, ADO Den Haag, Be Quick 1887 and VSV.

Divisions[edit]

Eerste Klasse East[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Heracles 18 13 4 1 53 12 30 +41 Qualified for Championship play-off.
2 NEC Nijmegen 18 11 4 3 52 28 26 +24
3 HVV Tubantia 18 9 5 4 44 33 23 +11
4 SC Enschede 18 9 4 5 37 29 22 +8
5 Enschedese Boys 18 7 1 10 31 43 15 -12
6 FC Wageningen 18 6 2 10 36 48 14 -12
7 Quick Nijmegen 18 5 4 9 24 34 14 -10
8 HVV Hengelo 18 6 1 11 37 56 13 -19
9 AGOVV Apeldoorn 18 6 1 11 21 41 13 -20
10 Go Ahead 18 5 0 13 27 38 10 -11 Relegated to 2nd Division.

Eerste Klasse North[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Be Quick 1887 19 13 4 2 47 22 30 +25 Qualified for Championship play-off.
2 HSC 19 12 4 3 43 27 28 +16
3 Velocitas 1897 18 12 2 4 36 28 26 +8
4 VV Leeuwarden 18 10 1 7 46 27 21 +19
5 sc Heerenveen 18 7 5 6 52 49 19 +3
6 GVAV Rapiditas 18 7 4 7 35 22 18 +13
7 Achilles 1894 18 3 6 9 44 57 12 -13
8 Sneek Wit Zwart 18 4 5 9 18 32 11 -14 2 points deducted.
9 Veendam 18 2 4 12 27 54 8 -27
10 WVV Winschoten 18 3 1 14 32 62 7 -30 Relegated to 2nd Division.

Eerste Klasse South[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 PSV Eindhoven 22 15 3 4 63 27 33 +36 Qualified for Championship play-off.
2 LONGA 22 13 4 5 52 31 30 +21
3 Juliana 22 12 5 5 67 37 29 +30 Changed name to Spekholzerheide [1]
4 NAC 22 10 6 6 45 37 26 +8
5 MVV Maastricht 22 8 6 8 37 39 22 -2
6 BVV Den Bosch 22 8 5 9 34 41 21 -10
7 FC Eindhoven 22 8 4 10 47 45 20 +2
8 NOAD 22 9 2 11 40 52 20 -12
9 Willem II 22 7 4 11 37 42 18 -5
10 HVV Helmond 22 6 4 12 29 53 16 -24
11 RFC Roermond 22 4 7 11 32 70 15 -38
12 Limburgia 22 5 4 13 32 41 14 -9 Relegated to 2nd Division.

[1] Juliana, named after the princess who was staying in England and Canada during the war, were forced to change the name into Spekholzerheide in order to discourage any resistance against the occupation.
Apparently, this rule only applied to clubs named after living members of the house of Oranje, as Willem II was allowed to keep its name (but second level Wilhelmina from Den Bosch were renamed De Kanaries).

Eerste Klasse West-I[edit]

Moving in from Division West-II: CVV Rotterdam, HBS Craeyenhout, RFC Rotterdam, VUC Den Haag and Xerxes.

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 VSV 18 14 2 2 61 27 30 +34 Qualified for Championship play-off [West-II]
2 AFC Ajax 18 8 6 4 53 31 22 +22
3 HFC Haarlem 18 10 2 6 42 32 22 +10 [West-II]
4 DOS 18 9 3 6 56 48 21 +8
5 VUC 18 7 4 7 50 55 18 -5
6 Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 18 6 5 7 34 29 17 +5 [West-II]
7 Xerxes 18 6 3 9 42 50 15 -8
8 HBS Craeyenhout 18 5 4 9 43 50 14 -7 [West-II]
9 RFC Rotterdam 18 5 4 9 32 46 14 -14 [West-II]
10 CVV Mercurius 18 2 3 13 22 67 7 -45 Relegated to 2nd Division.

[West-II] Team moving to Division West-II next season.

Eerste Klasse West-II[edit]

Moving in from Division West-I: ADO Den haag, DWS, 't Gooi, KFC and Stormvogels

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 ADO Den Haag 20 11 8 1 53 32 30 +21 Qualified for Championship play-off [West-I]
2 DHC Delft 20 11 6 3 50 34 28 +16
3 DWS 18 8 4 6 26 27 20 -1 [West-I]
4 Sparta Rotterdam 18 8 3 7 44 38 19 +6
5 DFC 18 7 5 6 39 34 19 +5 [West-I]
6 Feijenoord 18 8 3 7 34 35 19 -1 [West-I]
7 Hermes DVS 18 6 6 6 42 34 18 +8
8 Stormvogels 18 5 3 10 27 37 13 -10 [West-I]
9 HVV 't Gooi 18 2 6 10 24 39 10 -15
10 KFC 18 3 2 13 26 55 8 -29 Relegated to 2nd Division.

[West-I] Team moving to Division West-I next season.

Championship play-off[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst GF GA Pts GD Notes
1 Heracles 8 6 1 1 27 9 13 +18
2 PSV Eindhoven 8 3 3 2 12 16 9 -4
3 ADO Den Haag 8 2 3 3 13 16 7 -3
4 Be Quick 1887 8 2 2 4 9 19 6 -10
5 VSV 8 1 3 4 12 13 5 -1

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