Eredivisie (women)

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Eredivisie (women)
Eredivisie logo women.jpg
Country Netherlands
Confederation KNVB
Founded 2007
Folded 2012
Number of teams 8
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to no relegation
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Women's Champions League
Last champions ADO Den Haag
Most championships AZ (3)

The Eredivisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɪː.rə.di.ˌvi.zi]) was a professional women's football league in the Netherlands.[1][2] It was established in 2007 and then played for five seasons. The champion qualified for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

The season 2011–12 was the last season of the Dutch Women's Eredivisie. It was replaced by the Women’s BeNe League, a joint league by Dutch and Belgian teams.[3]


For its first three seasons, the Eredivisie consisted of six teams playing each other four times a season, twice at home and twice away. The format was changed to a triple round-robin format for the 2010/11 season, when the league was increased to eight teams.

There was no relegation from the Eredivisie, although a relegation/promotion system was planned in the long run.[4] The formerly first league Hoofdklasse basically is the highest amateur women's league.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony of the soccer eredivisie for women took place in the Arke Stadion in Enschede at 29 August 2007, with the presentation of the 6 teams. The opening match was played by SC Heerenveen and FC Twente. SC Heerenveen won the match with 3 against 2.[5][6]

Opening ceremony (29-09-2007)
Opening ceremony (29-09-2007)

2011–12 Teams[edit]

Location of teams in the Eredivisie 2011/12
Team Home city Home ground
ADO Den Haag Den Haag Kyocera Stadion
SC Heerenveen Heerenveen Sportpark Skoatterwâld
FC Twente Enschede De Grolsch Veste
FC Utrecht Utrecht Sportpark Saestum
VVV-Venlo Venlo Seacon Stadion De Koel
PEC Zwolle Zwolle Sportpark Ceintuurbaan
Telstar Velsen TATA Steel Stadion


Year Winner Runner Up Third Notes
2007-08 AZ Willem II FC Utrecht [7]
2008-09 AZ ADO Den Haag Willem II [8]
2009-10 AZ ADO Den Haag Willem II [9][10]
2010-11 FC Twente ADO Den Haag AZ [11][12]
2011-12 ADO Den Haag FC Twente Telstar [13][14]

Record champions[edit]

Titles Team
3 AZ
1 FC Twente
ADO Den Haag


Season Topscorer Goals Club
2007-08 Netherlands Karin Stevens 20 Willem II
2008-09 Netherlands Sylvia Smit 14 Heerenveen
2009-10 Netherlands Sylvia Smit
Netherlands Chantal de Ridder
11 Heerenveen
2010-11 Netherlands Chantal de Ridder 19 AZ
2011-12 Netherlands Priscilla de Vos 16 Telstar

Golden shoe[edit]

Since 2007 every year the Golden shoe (Dutch: Gouden schoen) is awarded to the best player of the Women Eredivisie. The "Vrouw & Voetbal" magazin started this competition in 2007. The winner receives a golden shoe award. In the season 2009/10 the organisation and election was taken over by "Vrouwenoetbal Nederland" They added an award for the best Keeper and in the season 2010/11 an award for the best talented player was added.[15][16]

Season Golden shoe Best Keeper Talent of the year Election by
2007/08 Belgium Femke Maes (Willem II) - - Vrouw & Voetbal
2008/09 Netherlands Jeanine van Dalen (ADO Den Haag)
Netherlands Sheila van den Bulk (ADO Den Haag)
Vrouw & Voetbal
2009/10 Netherlands Kim Dolstra (AZ) Netherlands Angela Christ (FC Utrecht) VrouwenvoetbalNederland
2010/11 Netherlands Jorike Olde Loohuis (sc Heerenveen) Netherlands Angela Christ (FC Utrecht) Netherlands Tula de Wit (FC Utrecht) VrouwenvoetbalNederland


  1. ^ "Zes eredivisieclubs starten met vrouwen". Leeuwarder Courant. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Vrouwen beginnen met zes clubs". NOS. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bondsbestuur stemt in met uitwerking women’s BeNe league" (in Dutch). 13 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^; about us
  5. ^ "Vrouwen verliezen openingsduel". 29 August 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Vrouwen SC Heerenveen eerste koploper in eredivisie". Leeuwarder Courant. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Voetbal - AZ kampioen Eredivisie vrouwen". 21 May 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Willem II-vrouwen geen kampioen". Brabantsdagblad. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Vrouwen AZ kampioen na ruime zege". NOS. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "AZ drievoudig LANDSKAMPIOEN". 12 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Voetbalsters FC Twente kampioen". Volkskrant. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dames FC Twente in stijl naar titel". RTV Oost. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "ADO vrouwen 'eindelijk' kampioen" (in Dutch). KNVB. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Vrouwen ADO DH kampioen op Ladies Day!" (in Dutch). ADO Den Haag. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Eredivisie Speelster van het Jaar 2009-2010". vrouwenvoetbalnederland. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Awards Season 2010-2011". vrouwenvoetbalnederland. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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