Tweede Divisie

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Tweede Divisie
Tweede Divisie logo.jpg
Founded2016; 3 years ago (2016)
CountryNetherlands
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toEerste Divisie
Relegation toDerde Divisie
Domestic cup(s)KNVB Cup
Current championsAFC
(2018–19)
2018–19 Tweede Divisie

The Tweede Divisie (English: Second Division) is the only semi-professional (and historically the lowest professional) football league in the Netherlands. It was established in 1956, together with the Eredivisie and the Eerste Divisie. Between 1956 and 1960 and between 1962 and 1966, the league consisted of two divisions, Tweede Divisie A and Tweede Divisie B. The league was disbanded in 1971. Six clubs were promoted to the Eerste Divisie (De Volewijckers, FC Eindhoven, FC VVV, Fortuna Vlaardingen, PEC and Roda JC), while the other eleven teams became amateur clubs.

Plans for a new, semi-professional Tweede Divisie, to be made up of 4 reserve teams and 14 Topklasse clubs, were approved in a KNVB assembly in December 2014. Thus, the Topklasse, renamed the Derde Divisie (English: Third Division), and leagues below decremented by one level, and furthermore, promotion and relegation among the second to fourth divisions were implemented starting in 2016–17.[1][2]

Tweede Divisie Champions[edit]

2018-19 Teams[edit]

Club City 2017–18 season Home Ground Capacity
Amsterdamsche FC Amsterdam 12th Goed Genoeg 8,000
Barendrecht Barendrecht 4th Sportpark De Bongerd 1,500
Excelsior Maassluis Maassluis 7th Lavendelstraat 5,000
GVVV Veenendaal 6th Sportpark Panhuis 4,500
HHC Hardenberg Hardenberg 3rd De Boshoek 4,500
Koninklijke HFC Haarlem 10th Complex Koninklijke HFC 1,000
IJsselmeervogels Spakenburg 9th Sportpark De Westmaat 8,000
Jong Almere City Almere (D3) Promotion playoff winner Yanmar Stadion 3,200
Jong Sparta Rotterdam 11th Het Kasteel 11,926
Jong Vitesse Arnhem (D3) Sun, 1st GelreDome 21,248
Katwijk Katwijk 1st Sportpark De Krom 6,000
Kozakken Boys Werkendam 2nd Sportpark De Zwaaier 2,500
Lienden Lienden 14th Sportpark de Abdijhof 2,400
Rijnsburgse Boys Rijnsburg 5th Middelmors 5,000
Scheveningen Scheveningen (D3) Promotion playoff winner Houtrust 3,500
SV Spakenburg Spakenburg (D3) Sat, 1st Sportpark de Westmaat 2,500
De Treffers Groesbeek 13th Sportpark Zuid 4,700
VVSB Noordwijkerhout 8th Sportpark De Boekhorst 2,500

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plans for a new Tweede Divisie starting 2016/2017". NOS.nl (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Vanaf seizoen 2016/17: promotie/degradatie tussen amateurvoetbal en betaald voetbal". KNVB.nl (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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