2010–11 Topklasse

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The 2010–11 Topklasse season was the first and inaugural edition of the newly created Dutch third tier. A total 32 teams competed in the league,[1] one of them coming from the fully professional 2009–10 Eerste Divisie, and the remaining 31 from the amateur 2009–10 Hoofdklasse. The competition was split into two leagues, a "Saturday" and a "Sunday" one, who differ by the day the related games are usually played.

The league was originally expected to feature two relegations from Eerste Divisie; this was however made impossible by the exclusion of bankrupt-collapsed HFC Haarlem from professional football in January 2010. HFC Haarlem's place will be taken by another Hoofdklasse team which will be decided by play-offs between the losers of the initial play-off games in the Hoofdklasse. The only relegated team from Eerste Divisie, last-placed FC Oss, could however keep their place in the second tier, following the financial collapse of BV Veendam on May 2010; such event did not occur in the end, after it was confirmed that Veendam had won their appeal against bankruptcy in court later on June.

The league was originally announced to receive national weekly media coverage on Dutch TV channel RTL 7, with a one-hour synthesis of the games on Saturdays and Sundays.[2]

After 11 matches, Dijkse Boys voluntarily withdrew from the Sunday Topklasse due to financial troubles.[3] The club will be relegated from the Topklasse.

Three clubs expressed interest in promotion, FC Oss from the Sunday league, and Rijnsburgse Boys and SV Spakenburg of the Saturday league.[4] Ultimately, IJsselmeervogels were crowned Saturday league champions, whereas FC Oss won the Sunday league title; this meant that FC Oss were already promoted at the end of the regular season, since IJsselmeervogels opted not to apply for promotion to the Eerste Divisie instead.[5]

Teams[edit]

Saturday league[edit]

Club City 2009–10 season
ARC Alphen aan den Rijn 6th in Hoofdklasse Saturday A
BVV Barendrecht Barendrecht 1st in Hoofdklasse Saturday A
CSV Apeldoorn Apeldoorn 3rd in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
Excelsior'31 Rijssen, Rijssen-Holten 1st in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
FC Lisse Lisse 4th in Hoofdklasse Saturday A
Flevo Boys Emmeloord, Noordoostpolder 4th in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
Harkemase Boys Harkema, Achtkarspelen 2nd in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
HHC Hardenberg Hardenberg 6th in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
HSV Hoek Hoek, Terneuzen 4th in Hoofdklasse Saturday B
IJsselmeervogels Spakenburg, Bunschoten 1st in Hoofdklasse Saturday B
Rijnsburgse Boys Rijnsburg 3rd in Hoofdklasse Saturday A
SC Genemuiden Genemuiden 5th in Hoofdklasse Saturday C
Sparta Nijkerk Nijkerk 2nd in Hoofdklasse Saturday B
SV Spakenburg Spakenburg, Bunschoten 3rd in Hoofdklasse Saturday B
VV Capelle Capelle aan den IJssel 2nd in Hoofdklasse Saturday A
VV Katwijk Katwijk 5th in Hoofdklasse Saturday A

Sunday league[edit]

Club City 2009–10 season
Achilles '29 Groesbeek 4th in Hoofdklasse Sunday C
AFC Amsterdam 1st in Hoofdklasse Sunday A
De Treffers Groesbeek 1st in Hoofdklasse Sunday C
Dijkse Boys Helmond 5th in Hoofdklasse Sunday B
EVV Echt, Echt-Susteren 3rd in Hoofdklasse Sunday B
FC Hilversum Hilversum 3rd in Hoofdklasse Sunday A
FC Lienden Lienden, Buren 2nd in Hoofdklasse Sunday C
FC Oss Oss 19th in Eerste Divisie
Gemert Gemert, Gemert-Bakel 1st in Hoofdklasse Sunday B
Haaglandia Rijswijk 4th in Hoofdklasse Sunday A
HVV Hollandia Hoorn 6th in Hoofdklasse Sunday A
JVC Cuijk Cuijk 4th in Hoofdklasse Sunday B
Quick '20 Oldenzaal 3rd in Hoofdklasse Sunday C
SV Argon Mijdrecht, De Ronde Venen 2nd in Hoofdklasse Sunday A
VV Baronie Breda 2nd in Hoofdklasse Sunday B
VVSB Noordwijkerhout 5th in Hoofdklasse Sunday A

Composition of inaugural season[edit]

For the inaugural season of the Topklasse, 32 teams were picked, 31 of which coming from the Hoofdklasse, and one - FC Oss - being relegated from 2009–10 Eerste Divisie. Of the 31 teams from the Hoofdklasse, 24 were promoted automatically (the top four placed in the six round of the 2009–10 Hoofdklasse, whereas the remaining seven vacancies were filled through a playoff tournament.

Playoff promotions[edit]

A post-season playoff tournament was held between May and June 2010 in order to fill seven more vacancies for the season. Such tournament was divided into two phases: the first phase featured six two-legged games, whose winners would have been promoted into the Topklasse.

The six defeated teams from the first phase (three from Saturday Hoofdklasse, three from Sunday Hoofdklasse) then took part to a second phase, in which two rounds composed by three clubs each were organized: the two round winners will successively play against each other in a neutral field, one-legged final that will assign the remaining spot in the league.

From Saturday Hoofdklasse, first phase[edit]

From Sunday Hoofdklasse, first phase[edit]

From second phase[edit]

League tables[edit]

Saturday league[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 IJsselmeervogels (Q) 30 19 5 6 68 39 +29 62 Qualification to playoff finals
2 Spakenburg 30 18 6 6 83 41 +42 60
3 Rijnsburgse Boys 30 14 9 7 69 46 +23 51
4 Katwijk 30 14 7 9 47 38 +9 49
5 Excelsior'31 30 12 9 9 48 45 +3 45
6 Capelle 30 12 8 10 46 36 +10 44
7 Genemuiden 30 13 4 13 51 63 −12 43
8 HHC Hardenberg 30 12 6 12 48 37 +11 42
9 Barendrecht 30 12 6 12 35 36 −1 42
10 Harkemase Boys 30 12 5 13 53 52 +1 41
11 Lisse 30 11 8 11 52 51 +1 41
12 ARC 30 9 6 15 42 61 −19 33
13 CSV Apeldoorn (R) 30 8 8 14 47 70 −23 32 Qualification to relegation playoffs
14 Flevo Boys (R) 30 7 8 15 40 68 −28 29 Relegation to 2011–12 Hoofdklasse
15 Sparta Nijkerk (R) 30 7 7 16 35 58 −23 28
16 Hoek (R) 30 6 6 18 27 50 −23 24

Updated to games played on 14 May 2011.
Source: Soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Sunday league[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Oss (P) (Q) 28 16 11 1 49 23 +26 59 Qualification to playoff finals
2 Achilles '29 28 15 8 5 52 25 +27 53
3 Argon 28 14 5 9 38 34 +4 47
4 AFC 28 13 6 9 59 45 +14 45
5 De Treffers 28 13 6 9 39 39 0 45
6 JVC Cuijk 28 11 8 9 47 48 −1 41
7 Haaglandia 28 11 7 10 58 43 +15 40
8 Quick '20 28 11 6 11 46 43 +3 39
9 EVV 28 10 7 11 36 34 +2 37
10 Lienden 28 11 4 13 50 58 −8 37
11 VVSB 28 9 5 14 34 48 −14 32
12 Hollandia 28 7 10 11 26 34 −8 31
13 Hilversum 28 7 10 11 30 43 −13 31 Qualification to relegation playoffs
14 Gemert (R) 28 6 7 15 24 43 −19 25 Relegation to 2011–12 Hoofdklasse
15 Baronie (R) 28 3 6 19 32 60 −28 15
16 Dijkse Boys (R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegated after voluntary withdrawal from the Topklasse.
All matches played have been annulled.

Updated to games played on 15 May 2011.
Source: Soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Note: On 11 November 2010, Dijkse Boys voluntarily withdrew from the Topklasse due to financial troubles.[3] All matches played thus far have been annulled and the team will be relegated to the Hoofdklasse.[12]

Championship play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Oss 0–4 IJsselmeervogels 0–2 0-2

IJsselmeervogels has won the overall Topklasse title, but didn't apply for promotion to the Eerste Divisie. FC Oss was therefore promoted instead.

Promotion/relegation play-offs[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
VV Montfoort 1–0 (aet)[13] CSV Apeldoorn
FC Hilversum 0–3[13] WKE

Montfoort and WKE promoted to 2011–12 Topklasse. CSV Apeldoorn relegated to 2011–12 Hoofdklasse. FC Hilversum were originally relegated, but later readmitted due to RBC Roosendaal's disbandment and consequent readmission of Almere City FC into the Eerste Divisie.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://voetbalzone.nl/doc.asp?uid=80053
  2. ^ "Topklasse wekelijks een uur lang op RTL 7" (in Dutch). Voetbal op Zaterdag. 2010-04-01. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b Leden Dijkse Boys kiezen voor degradatie en Sportpark Berkendonck (Dutch)
  4. ^ http://www.vi.nl/Nieuws-item/194731/Slechts-drie-Topklassers-willen-daadwerkelijk-promoveren.htm
  5. ^ "FC Oss dirigeert Almere City FC naar de Topklasse" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "HHC Hardenberg na gelijkspel naar Topklasse" (in Dutch). RTV Oost. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Ruime zege bezorgt Genemuiden Topklasse" (in Dutch). RTV Oost. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Katwijk bereikt Topklasse" (in Dutch). West Online. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  9. ^ "Dijkse Boys naar topklasse" (in Dutch). ED.nl. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  10. ^ "WKE nog niet naar Topklasse" (in Dutch). RTV Drenthe. 2010-05-24. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  11. ^ "Nog geen Topklasse voor SV Venray" (in Dutch). Omroep Venray. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  12. ^ (Dutch) KNVB neemt Dijkse Boys uit competitie
  13. ^ a b "Netherlands - Hoofdklasse". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "FC Hilversum blijft toch topklasser, Almere City FC in Jupiler League" (in Dutch). RTV Noord-Holland. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.