Eerste Divisie

The Eerste Divisie (pronounced [ ɪ ː r.stə ], First Division ) since its founding in 1956, the second highest league in Dutch football. She wears since the season 2006/2007 the name Jupiler League ( pronunciation: [ ʒy.pi.leɪ̯ lik ] ), named after its main sponsor, the brewing Jupiler.


The Dutch First Division is the 2013/14 season from 20 teams, three of which are the second team of the Ehrendivisionäre AFC Ajax PSV and FC Twente. The clubs play against each other twice during the season. The first leg will be held in the autumn season and the return match after the winter break in the spring season.

Ascent and Descent

After the season the champion will automatically advance to the Eredivisie. Eight other teams struggle with the 16th and 17th in the Eredivisie relegation three laps around the rise. The game is played in the International Regulations in return game as well as the away goals rule. The clubs in the squares 6-9 are qualified for the first round, the. 5-2 in the squares as well as the 16th and 17th of the Eredivisie for the 2nd round

Until the 2004/05 season was played with groups of 4 teams in 2. Each group consisted of a club in the Eredivisie and three clubs in the Eerste Divisie. The group winners play in the following season in the Eredivisie.

Between the 1971/72 season and the 2008/09 season there was no sporting relegation from this league. Clubs from the Hoofdklasse, who at the time third highest league ( amateur league ) could be recorded upon application and compliance with the license terms in the Eerste Divisie.

Since the 2009/10 season a sporty descent is possible. In the first step should be relegated to the from the 2010/11 season newly created top class this season the two teams. After the abandonment of the HFC Haarlem another club only had ( FC Oss ) take the course in the lower division. Finally, from the 2010/11 season descend the last placed, unless both finalists from the top echelon who play for the promotion place without, on the rise.

Since the 2013/14 season also reserve team Eredivisiemannschaft allowed to compete in the Dutch second division. From this right Jong Ajax, PSV and Jong Jong FC Twente use.

Champion in the First Division

  • 2008/2009: VVV -Venlo
  • 2009/2010: De Graafschap
  • 2010/2011: RKC Waalwijk
  • 2011/2012: FC Zwolle
  • 2012/2013: Cambuur Leeuwarden