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Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Country Netherlands
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 64 (4 Groups of 16)
Level on pyramid 5
Promotion to Derde Divisie
Relegation to Eerste Klasse
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Cup
2016–17 Hoofdklasse

The Hoofdklasse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦoːftklɑsə]) is the 2nd highest league of amateur football in the Netherlands, and the fifth tier in general.


The league is divided into two sections: Saturday and Sunday. This is a result of the traditional pillarisation (Dutch: verzuiling), the segregation of Dutch society. The Saturday clubs are mainly Protestant Christian clubs, who were not allowed to play on Sunday. The Sunday clubs were in general Catholic and working class clubs, whose players had to work on Saturday and therefore could only play on Sunday. Although the pillarisation ended in the 1960s and 1970s, the clubs and the league have maintained this division. The Saturday Hoofdklasse and the Sunday Hoofdklasse are divided into two leagues each since the 2016-17 season:

  • Clubs in the Saturday Hoofdklasse A and Sunday Hoofdklasse A are from the central, northern and western parts of the Netherlands.
  • Clubs in the Saturday Hoofdklasse B and Sunday Hoofdklasse B are from the central, eastern and southern parts of the Netherlands.

The champions of the Saturday Hoofdklasse A, B and C played against each other for the national Saturday championship, just like the champions of the Sunday Hoofdklasse A, B and C faced each other for the national Sunday title until 2015. The winners of the Saturday and Sunday championships faced each other for the Hoofdklasse title until 2010, when the Topklasse decided the overall amateur champion, and in 2016 the overall championship was abolished. The transitional 2015–16 season had the period winners contest the 15th placers of the Topklasse and the 12th and 13th placers played the period winners of the 1e Klasse, all in playouts, while the 14th and 15th placers were relegated and the Hoofdklasse contracted to 4 leagues of 16 clubs each (2 each for Saturday and Sunday).

Since the 2016–17 season, clubs can be relegated from the Hoofdklasse to the 1e Klasse (First Class) and can be promoted from the 1e Klasse to the Hoofdklasse. The champion and playoff winners of each Hoofdklasse are promoted to the Derde Divisie (formerly Topklasse), and two to three teams from each Derde Divisie (four to six in total) are relegated to the Hoofdklasse.

Before this, it was only possible for Hoofdklasse clubs to be admitted to the Eerste Divisie after application and licensing. The last clubs to have done so are FC Omniworld (2005) and AGOVV Apeldoorn (2003).

Hoofdklasse champions since 1975[edit]

Season Saturday champion Sunday champion National champion
1974–75 Spijkenisse FC Emmen Spijkenisse
1975–76 IJsselmeervogels Limburgia IJsselmeervogels
1976–77 IJsselmeervogels Rheden IJsselmeervogels
1977–78 ACV vv Hoogeveen ACV
1978–79 DOVO ROHDA Raalte ROHDA Raalte
1979–80 Noordwijk Xerxes Noordwijk
1980–81 DOS Kampen RKC Waalwijk RKC Waalwijk
1981–82 IJsselmeervogels RKC Waalwijk RKC Waalwijk
1982–83 IJsselmeervogels DHC IJsselmeervogels
1983–84 IJsselmeervogels Geldrop Geldrop
1984–85 SV Spakenburg DHC SV Spakenburg
1985–86 ACV TOP Oss ACV
1986–87 ACV Geldrop Geldrop
1987–88 DOS Kampen De Treffers DOS Kampen
1988–89 VV Heerjansdam RCH RCH
1989–90 Rijnsburgse Boys Geldrop Geldrop
1990–91 Quick Boys De Treffers De Treffers
1991–92 Quick Boys Rheden Quick Boys
1992–93 Katwijk Holland Katwijk
1993–94 Katwijk Stevo Katwijk
1994–95 IJsselmeervogels Holland IJsselmeervogels
1995–96 Scheveningen Baronie Scheveningen
1996–97 VVOG Baronie Baronie
1997–98 IJsselmeervogels De Treffers De Treffers
1998–99 IJsselmeervogels HSC'21 HSC'21
1999–2000 Katwijk Achilles 1894 Katwijk
2000–01 FC Lisse Baronie Baronie
2001–02 Huizen AGOVV AGOVV
2002–03 Huizen FC Türkiyemspor Huizen
2003–04 Quick Boys HSC'21 Quick Boys
2004–05 ASWH SV Argon ASWH
2005–06 IJsselmeervogels FC Türkiyemspor IJsselmeervogels
2006–07 IJsselmeervogels SV Argon SV Argon
2007–08 FC Lisse Hollandia FC Lisse
2008–09 Rijnsburgse Boys WKE WKE
2009–10 IJsselmeervogels VV Gemert IJsselmeervogels
2010–11 Noordwijk, GVVV, SVZW HBS, UNA, HSC '21 Contested in the Topklasse
until 2016
2011–12 Jodan Boys, Scheveningen, DETO ADO '20, Gemert, Sneek Wit Zwart
2012–13 Ter Leede, Excelsior Maassluis, ONS Sneek Leonidas, UNA, Be Quick 1887
2013–14 Sparta Nijkerk, HSV Hoek, Genemuiden HFC, Rosmalen, Hercules
2014–15 SteDoco, Katwijk, DVS'33 Magreb'90, TEC, Sneek Wit Zwart
2015–16 ODIN '59, Quick Boys, Harkemase Boys Westlandia, Dongen, Juliana '31
2016–17 TBD TBD No longer contested

Saturday titles since 1975[edit]

# Clubs
11 IJsselmeervogels
4 Katwijk, Quick Boys
3 ACV, Huizen
2 DOS Kampen, FC Lisse, Rijnsburgse Boys, Kat
1 Spakenburg, Noordwijk, VV Heerjansdam, Spijkenisse, DOVO,
VVOG, Scheveningen, ASWH, Stedoco, DVS '33, Harkemase Boys

Sunday titles since 1975[edit]

# Clubs
3 Baronie, Geldrop, De Treffers
2 Argon, HSC'21, Holland, Rheden, DHC, RKC Waalwijk, FC Türkiyemspor, Sneek Wit Zwart
1 Achilles 1894, RCH, FC Emmen, AGOVV, TOP Oss, Limburgia, Rheden, vv Hoogeveen, Xerxes, Stevo,
ROHDA Raalte, Hollandia, WKE, Gemert, Magreb'90, TEC, Dongen, Juliana '31, Westlandia

National titles 1975–2010[edit]

By club[edit]

# Clubs
6 IJsselmeervogels
3 Geldrop, Katwijk
2 RKC Waalwijk, ACV, De Treffers, Baronie, Quick Boys
1 Spijkenisse, Noordwijk, ROHDA Raalte, SV Spakenburg, DOS Kampen, RCH,
Scheveningen, HSC'21, AGOVV, Huizen, ASWH, SV Argon, FC Lisse, WKE

By day[edit]

Day Number of titles Titles
Saturday 21 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992,
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Sunday 15 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998,
1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009