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Football in the Netherlands
Country Netherlands
Governing body KNVB
National team men's national team
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Football is the most popular sport in the Netherlands. Football was introduced to the Netherlands by Pim Mulier in the 19th century when in 1879, at the age of 14, he founded Haarlemsche Football Club. Over the next 30 years, football gained popularity in the Netherlands and the late 1890s and early 1900s saw the foundation of many new clubs, notably Sparta Rotterdam in 1888, Feyenoord Rotterdam in 1908, and Philips Sport Vereniging Eindhoven in 1913.

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) was founded on December 8, 1889 and joined FIFA in 1904 as one of the founding members alongside the Football Associations of France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Professional football was introduced in 1954, with the establishment of the Dutch Professional Football Association (Nederlandse Beroeps Voetbal Bond, or NBVB). The first professional game was played on August 14, 1954, between Alkmaar '54 and SC Venlo. The KNVB had opposed professional football for a long time, but eventually submitted to pressure and merged with the NBVB in November 1954 to form a new football association and a new (professional) league.[1][2]

The highest level in Dutch football is now known as the Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division). The second level became the Eerste Divisie (First Division). The third level is the Tweede Divisie (Second Division). Below that are two amateur divisions: the fourth level is the Derde Divisie (Third Division), formerly Topklasse, and the fifth level the Hoofdklasse. The Topklasse was launched in 2010, before that time promotion to or relegation from the Eerste Divisie was not possible. In 2016, the Topklasse was renamed Derde Divisie and the Tweede Divisie was revived.[3]

Dutch football is well known for its national football team, usually dressed in orange.[4] They won the European Championship in 1988, and have competed in many European and World Cups. They finished second in the 1974,1978 and 2010 World Cups and third in the UEFA Euro 1976 and 2014 World Cup tournament. They have reached many finals (1974 World Cup, 1978 World Cup, Euro 1988, 2010 World Cup) and semi-finals (Euro 1976, 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, Euro 2004, 2014 World Cup).[5][6][7][8]

Structure of the competition (from the 2016–17 season)[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

Professional football

1

Eredivisie
18 clubs

2

Eerste Divisie
20 clubs

Semi-professional football

3

Tweede Divisie
18 clubs

Amateur football

Saturday

Sunday

4

Derde Divisie Saturday
18 clubs

Derde Divisie Sunday
18 clubs

5

Saturday Hoofdklasse A
16 clubs

Saturday Hoofdklasse B
16 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse A
16 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse B
16 clubs

6

District West 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Eerste Klasse B 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse C 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Eerste Klasse D 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Eerste Klasse E 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse B 13 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse C 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse D 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Eerste Klasse E 13 clubs
District North: Sunday Eerste Klasse F 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

7

District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse B 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse C 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse E 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse F 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse G 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse H 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse I 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse J 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse B 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse C 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse D 13 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse E 14 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse F 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse G 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse H 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse I 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse J 14 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse K 14 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse L 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

8

District West 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District East
Saturday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District North
Saturday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 15 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District East
Sunday Derde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 14 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 14 clubs
District North
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

9

District West 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 13 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 10 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse F 11 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 13 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 13 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 13 clubs
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 13 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse F 14 clubs
Saturday Vierde Klasse G 13 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs
District East
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 13 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 13 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 13 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 13 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 14 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 14 clubs
District East
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 15 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 13 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 13 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 13 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 14 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

10

District North
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 13 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 13 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse E 14 teams
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 11 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 13 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 6 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 11 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 10 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 14 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 14 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 13 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse I 13 clubs
District East
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 11 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 11 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 13 clubs
District North
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 13 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 13 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 14 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

Structure of the competition (until the 2015–16 season)[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

Professional football

1

Eredivisie
18 clubs

2

Eerste Divisie
20 clubs

Amateur football

Saturday

Sunday

3

Topklasse Saturday
16 clubs

Topklasse Sunday
16 clubs

4

Saturday Hoofdklasse A
14 clubs

Saturday Hoofdklasse B
14 clubs

Saturday Hoofdklasse C
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse A
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse B
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse C
14 clubs

5

District West 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Eerste Klasse B 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse C 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Eerste Klasse D 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Eerste Klasse E 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse B 14 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse C 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse D 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Eerste Klasse E 14 clubs
District North: Sunday Eerste Klasse F 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

6

District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse B 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse C 14 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse E 14 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse F 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse G 14 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse H 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse I 14 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse J 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse A 14 clubs
District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse B 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse C 14 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse D 14 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse E 14 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse F 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse G 14 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse H 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse I 14 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse J 14 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse K 14 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse L 14 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

7

District West 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District East
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

8

District West 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs
District East
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

9

District West 1
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse I 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse J 12 clubs,
District South 2
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

10

District North
Saturday Zesde Klasse A 13 clubs, Saturday Zesde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Zesde Klasse C 11 clubs, Saturday Zesde Klasse D 13 clubs,
Saturday Zesde Klasse E 14 clubs
(All divisions ran in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 11 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse F 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse G 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse F 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 14 clubs
(All divisions ran in parallel)

  • Zesde Klasse was abolished in 2015.

Structure of the competition (until the 2009–10 season)[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Eredivisie
18 clubs

2

Eerste Divisie
20 clubs

Saturday

Sunday

3

Saturday Hoofdklasse A
14 clubs

Saturday Hoofdklasse B
14 clubs

Saturday Hoofdklasse C
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse A
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse B
14 clubs

Sunday Hoofdklasse C
14 clubs

4

District West 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse A 12 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Eerste Klasse B 12 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Eerste Klasse C 12 clubs
District East: Saturday Eerste Klasse D 12 clubs
District North: Saturday Eerste Klasse E 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse A 12 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse B 12 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Eerste Klasse C 12 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Eerste Klasse D 12 clubs
District East: Sunday Eerste Klasse E 12 clubs
District North: Sunday Eerste Klasse F 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

5

District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse A 12 clubs
District West 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse B 12 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse C 12 clubs
District West 2: Saturday Tweede Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse E 12 clubs
District South 1: Saturday Tweede Klasse F 12 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse G 12 clubs
District East: Saturday Tweede Klasse H 12 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse I 12 clubs
District North: Saturday Tweede Klasse J 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse A 12 clubs
District West 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse B 12 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse C 12 clubs
District West 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse E 12 clubs
District South 1: Sunday Tweede Klasse F 12 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse G 12 clubs
District South 2: Sunday Tweede Klasse H 12 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse I 12 clubs
District East: Sunday Tweede Klasse J 12 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse K 12 clubs
District North: Sunday Tweede Klasse L 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

6

District West 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District East
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Saturday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Derde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse B 12 clubs
Sunday Derde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Derde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

7

District West 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs
District East
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse H 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Vierde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vierde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vierde Klasse F 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

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District West 1
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs
District West 2
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs
District North
Saturday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Saturday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District West 2
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 1
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse I 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse J 12 clubs,
District South 2
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse G 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse H 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Vijfde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse D 12 clubs,
Sunday Vijfde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Vijfde Klasse F 12 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

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District North
Saturday Zesde Klasse A 13 clubs, Saturday Zesde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Saturday Zesde Klasse C 11 clubs, Saturday Zesde Klasse D 13 clubs,
Saturday Zesde Klasse E 14 clubs
(All divisions ran in parallel)

District West 1
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 12 clubs
District South 2
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 11 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse F 11 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse G 12 clubs
District East
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 14 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 14 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse E 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse F 12 clubs
District North
Sunday Zesde Klasse A 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse B 12 clubs,
Sunday Zesde Klasse C 12 clubs, Sunday Zesde Klasse D 14 clubs
(All divisions ran in parallel)

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District North
Sunday Zevende Klasse A 11 clubs, Sunday Zevende Klasse B 11 clubs,
Sunday Zevende Klasse C 11 clubs
(All divisions ran in parallel)

  • Zevende Klasse was abolished in 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netherlands - Regional Analysis". Rsssf.com. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Back to the future". ESPN FC. 2004-03-30. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Plannen tweede divisie gaan door" [Plans for a new Tweede Divisie starting 2016/2017]. NOS.nl (in Dutch). 2014-12-02. 
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