Dutch Basketball League

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Dutch Basketball League
DBL Logo 2019.png
Founded1960;62 years ago (1960)
First season1960–61
Replaced by BNXT League
Country Netherlands
Confederation FIBA Europe
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s) NBB Cup
Supercup Dutch Supercup
International cup(s) Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Last champions Heroes Den Bosch (17th title)
Most championships Heroes Den Bosch (17 titles)
Website www.dutchbasketballleague.nl

The Dutch Basketball League (DBL), formerly the Eredivisie, was the highest professional basketball league in the Netherlands, run by the Federatie Eredivisie Basketball (FEB). [1] Since 2021, the league has been replaced by the Belgian-Dutch BNXT League. [2]


The league had a closed system: to participate, a team has to have enough money and potential. The league began in 1960 as the Eredivisie and was organized by the NBB and later the FEB. In 1977 the league introduced play-offs. As of 2019, the Dutch Basketball League consists of ten teams and plays under the FIBA rules.



Starting with the 2010–11 season, the Eredivisie changed its name to the Dutch Basketball League, shortly the DBL. The beginning of the 2010s saw Donar and ZZ Leiden emerge as top teams in the Netherlands. Donar won five titles, including three straight (2015-2018). The decade also saw clubs disappear due to financial problems, with Amsterdam in 2011, [3] West-Brabant Giants in 2011, [4] Magixx in 2014. [5] [6] The decade also saw the emergence of new clubs in Apollo Amsterdam and Den Helder Suns.

In Europe, Donar had one of the biggest successes in Dutch history after reaching the semi-finals of the 2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup. It was the first European semi-final of a team since Amsterdam in 2001.


In December 2019, it was announced that the DBL has partnered with the Belgian Pro Basketball League (PBL) to look at the potential of a future "BeNe League". [7] The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. [8] It was the first time in league history that a season was not finished and no champions were named. Due to the pandemic, entry requirements for the following season were lowered which led to the entrance of Basketball Community Gelderland, The Hague Royals and Almere Sailors.

Format and rules

Each team has to play all the other teams in the league four times, twice at home and twice away. This means that the league's regular season ends after all teams play 36 matches. Like many other national domestic leagues in continental Europe, the Dutch Basketball League takes a winter break once each team has played half of its scheduled games.


At the end of the league season schedule, the eight best teams in the standings play in a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the eighth place team in the standings, and so on. The quarter finals are played in a best-of-three format and the semi-finals are played in a best-of-five format, and the finals are played in a best-of-seven format.

In seasons were the number of teams dropped to 9 or lower, six teams qualified for the playoffs. In this case, the numbers one and two qualified for the semifinals and the other four teams played the quarterfinals.

Foreign players

The DBL has had many rules in place to restrict the number of foreign players of clubs. This way the league seek to keep developing Dutch talent in the league. For several seasons. Until 2019, teams in the DBL were not allowed to have more than four players without a Dutch passport in their on court team at the same time.



Current clubs

As of the end of the 2020–21 season:

CityArenaCapacity1st season
in DBL
No. of seasons
in DBL
DBL titlesLast title
Almere Sailors Almere Topsportcentrum Almere 3,0002020–211
Apollo Amsterdam Amsterdam Apollohal 1,5002012–138
Aris Leeuwarden Leeuwarden Kalverdijkje1,7002004–0516
BAL Weert Sporthal Boshoven1,0002017–184
Heroes Den Bosch 's-Hertogenbosch Maaspoort 2,8001962–6354162015
Den Helder Suns Den Helder Sporthal Sportlaan1,5001981–822961998
Donar Groningen MartiniPlaza 4,3501970–715172018
Feyenoord Rotterdam Topsportcentrum 2,4001988–8932
Landstede Hammers Zwolle Landstede Sportcentrum 1,2001995–962512019
The Hague Royals The Hague Sportcampus Zuiderpark3,5002020–211
Yoast United Bemmel De Schaapskooi6502020–211
ZZ Leiden Leiden Vijf Meihal 2,0001967–683142021


The following is the timeline of the teams in the Dutch Basketball League era (since 2011).

Dutch Basketball League

Former clubs

Location of teams in the 2020–21 Dutch Basketball League

The following clubs are not competing in the DBL during the 2020–21 season, but have previously competed in the DBL for at least one season. Teams in italics were folded and do not exist anymore.

ClubCityCurrent leagueFirst season in
Most recent
season in
in DBL
Last DBL
Agon Amsterdam / Racing AgonaAmsterdam1961–621972–7312
Almere Pioneers Promotiedivisie 1998–992006–079
Amsterdam Basketball 1995–962010–111572009
AMVJ AmsterdamRegional1966–671
GOBA Regional levels1990–911995–964
Blue Stars a Diemen Regional1960–611975–761311970
BSW 1982–832016–172411994
BVG Promotiedivisie 1979–801
Landlust / Canadians Amsterdam a Amsterdam 1960–611992–933221963
C3 Cobra's2000–011
DAS DelftRegional levels1986–871988–893
DED aAmsterdamRegional1960–611973–7414
Dutch Windmills 2018–191
Dunckers Hilversum Regional levels1995–961
EiffelTowers Nijmegen 2000–012004–05512003
Herly Amsterdam aAmsterdamRegional1960–611968–69911969
NAC 2000–012001–022
Magixx 2005–062013–149
Monark AmsterdamaAmsterdam1960–611963–644
Orca's UrkEerste Divisie1983–841990–918
Punch a Promotiedivisie 1960–611982–832221975
Red Giants Eerste Divisie1987–881994–958
SVE Utrecht Utrecht 1965–661970–71611967
Suvrikri The Hague 1966–671971–726
The Arrowsa Rotterdam 1960–611963–644
The Wolves Amsterdam a1960–611968–69951965
Tonego Regional levels1980–811986–878
Typhoons HaarlemHaarlem1961–621
Virtus Eerste Divisie1983–842000–018
West-Brabant Giants 2003–042010–118
Wilskracht AmsterdamAmsterdam1964–651969–706
ZBVS Santpoort1960–611

a: Founding member of the DBL.



The two teams that advance to the Finals of the play-offs play against each other in a best-of-seven playoff format.

Recent Dutch Basketball League seasons Finals
Donar [lower-alpha 1]
West-Brabant Giants
ZZ Leiden
Donar [lower-alpha 1]
Den Bosch
ZZ Leiden
ZZ Leiden
Aris Leeuwarden
Donar [lower-alpha 1]
Den Bosch
Den Bosch
Landstede Zwolle
Landstede Zwolle
ZZ Leiden
Landstede Zwolle
Not awarded
ZZ Leiden
Heroes Den Bosch
Heroes Den Bosch
ZZ Leiden
  1. 1 2 3 Known as "GasTerra Flames".

Performance by club

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence. Teams in bold are currently playing in the DBL.

Eredivisie / Dutch Basketball League winners by club
ClubWinsSeasons won
Heroes Den Bosch
1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2021–22
DED 81945–46, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1957–58
Amsterdam 71998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09
Donar 71981–82, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Den Helder 61988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1997–98
The Wolves Amsterdam
1959–60, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1964–65
Flamingo's Haarlem
1985–86, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73
ZZ Leiden
1977–78, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2020–21
AMVJ 31948–49, 1950–51, 1954–55
Blue Stars
1958–59, 1969–70
1961–62, 1962–63
Punch Delft
1968–69, 1974–75
1975–76, 1976–77
Herly Amsterdam
SVE Utrecht
Landstede Hammers
BSW Weert
Matrixx Magixx


All-time scoring leaders

Kees Akerboom Sr. is the league's all-time scoring leader Kees Akerboom (1980).jpg
Kees Akerboom Sr. is the league's all-time scoring leader

The following are the ten players with the most points in the Eredivisie or DBL: [9]

1 Kees Akerboom Sr. 9,87849120.1
2 Emil Hagens 7,81058313.4
3 Toon van Helfteren 7,38560512.2
4 Kees Akerboom Jr. 7,26265611.0
5 Hank Smith 7,11929724.0
6 Marcel Huijbens 6,84248114.2
7 Cees van Rootselaar 6,33853811.8
8 Jimmy Moore 6,09927722.0
9 Dan Cramer 6,00032918.2
10 Martin de Vries 5,94335716.7


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