Eredivisie (women)

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Eredivisie (women)
Eredivisie logo women.jpg
Country Netherlands
Confederation KNVB
Founded 2007 (ran until 2012)
2015
Number of teams 7
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to no relegation
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Women's Champions League
Current champions ADO Den Haag
(2011-12)
Most championships AZ (3)
Website eredivisievrouwenvoetbal.nl

The Eredivisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɪː.rə.di.ˌvi.zi]) (Dutch for Honor Division) is a women's football league in the Netherlands.[1][2] It was established in 2007 and then played for five seasons. After three seasons of a combined top level league with Belgium, the Eredivisie was restarted in the 2015–16 season.

The champion qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

History[edit]

2007–2012[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.[3][4]

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

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.[5]

BeNe League[edit]

The top Dutch teams joined the BeNe League, where they played against Belgium clubs. The Dutch teams finished atop the Belgium ones mostly with the only exception of Standard Liege. FC Twente won the League in the first two seasons.

2015–present[edit]

The Eredivisie was restarted in the 2015–16 season with seven clubs.[6] Those were the same Dutch clubs that played in the previous BeNe League season.

Format[edit]

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.[7] The formerly first league Hoofdklasse basically is the highest amateur women's league.

The renewed Eredivisie sees the seven teams again play each other four times.

Teams[edit]

Location of teams in the Eredivisie 2011/12

Teams that play in the 2015–16 season.

Team Home city Home ground
ADO Den Haag Den Haag Kyocera Stadion
FC Twente Enschede De Grolsch Veste
Telstar Velsen TATA Steel Stadion
PEC Zwolle Zwolle IJsseldelta Stadion
SC Heerenveen Heerenveen Sportpark Skoatterwâld
AFC Ajax Amsterdam Sportpark De Toekomst
PSV Eindhoven Eindhoven Jan Louwers Stadion

Achilles'29 have announced entering a team for the 2016–17 season.[8] Former teams of the Eredivisie are:

Team Home city Years
AZ Alkmaar Alkmaar 2007–11
Roda JC Kerkrade 2008–09
FC Utrecht Utrecht 2007–12
VVV-Venlo Venlo 2011–12
Willem II Tilburg 2008–11

Champions[edit]

Year Winner Runner Up Third Notes
2007–08 AZ Willem II FC Utrecht [9]
2008–09 AZ ADO Den Haag Willem II [10]
2009–10 AZ ADO Den Haag Willem II [11][12]
2010–11 FC Twente ADO Den Haag AZ [13][14]
2011–12 ADO Den Haag FC Twente Telstar [15][16]

Titles by club[edit]

Titles Team
3 AZ
1 FC Twente
1 ADO Den Haag

Topscorers[edit]

Sylvia Smit, two time top-scorer
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
AZ
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.[17][18]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Vrouwen verliezen openingsduel". www.fctwente.nl. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Vrouwen SC Heerenveen eerste koploper in eredivisie". Leeuwarder Courant. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bondsbestuur stemt in met uitwerking women’s BeNe league" (in Dutch). KNVB.nl. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.vrouwenvoetbalnederland.nl/vvned/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10374:eredivisie-vrouwen-start-met-zeven-clubs&catid=1
  7. ^ eredivisievrouwenvoetbal.nl; about us
  8. ^ http://www.gelderlander.nl/algemeen/sport/achilles-29-met-vrouwenteam-de-eredivisie-in-1.4837304
  9. ^ "Voetbal - AZ kampioen Eredivisie vrouwen". regiosportplaza.nl. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Willem II-vrouwen geen kampioen". Brabantsdagblad. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Vrouwen AZ kampioen na ruime zege". NOS. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "AZ drievoudig LANDSKAMPIOEN". vrouwenvoetbalnederland.nl. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Voetbalsters FC Twente kampioen". Volkskrant. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dames FC Twente in stijl naar titel". RTV Oost. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "ADO vrouwen 'eindelijk' kampioen" (in Dutch). KNVB. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Vrouwen ADO DH kampioen op Ladies Day!" (in Dutch). ADO Den Haag. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Eredivisie Speelster van het Jaar 2009-2010". vrouwenvoetbalnederland. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Awards Season 2010-2011". vrouwenvoetbalnederland. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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