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For Surinamese first division, see SVB Hoofdklasse.
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Country Netherlands
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 84 (6 Groups of 14)
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Topklasse
Relegation to Eerste Klasse
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Cup
2015–16 Hoofdklasse

The Hoofdklasse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦoːft.ˌklɑ.sə]) is the 2nd highest league of amateur football in the Netherlands, and the fourth 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 by and large 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 three leagues each:

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

The champions of the Saturday Hoofdklasse A, B and C play against each other for the national Saturday championship, just like the champions of the Sunday Hoofdklasse A, B and C face each other for the national Sunday title. The winners of the Saturday and Sunday championships then face each other for the Hoofdklasse title.
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 winner of each Hoofdklasse is promoted to the Topklasse (new in 2010-11), and three teams from each Topklasse (six 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 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 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
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, Hoek, Genemuiden HFC, Rosmalen, Hercules
2014–15 SteDoco, Katwijk, DVS '33 Magreb '90, TEC, Sneek Wit Zwart

Saturday titles since 1975[edit]

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

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

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