|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Eerste Divisie (for reserve teams)|
|Relegation to||Derde Divisie|
|Domestic cup(s)||KNVB Cup|
|Current champions||None |
The Tweede Divisie (English: Second Division) is the highest amateur (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, amateur 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. Despite its amateurism, the league obligates its clubs to have a minimum number of players under contract. No first team will be promoted to the Eerste Divisie until after 2022–23, but from the end of 2020–21, the highest-ranked second (i.e., reserve) team gains promotion, while the lowest-ranked reserves are relegated to a new under-21 division. An under-23 competition has been established for the Tweede Divisie's amateur clubs that are not directly eligible for its under-21 equivalent.
|Club||City||2019–20 season||Home ground||Capacity|
|AFC||Amsterdam||3rd||Sportpark Goed Genoeg||3,000|
|De Treffers||Groesbeek||9th||Sportpark Zuid||4,000|
|Excelsior Maassluis||Maassluis||12th||Sportpark Dijkpolder||5,000|
|HHC Hardenberg||Hardenberg||2nd||Sportpark De Boshoek||4,500|
|IJsselmeervogels||Spakenburg||5th||Sportpark De Westmaat||8,200|
|Jong Sparta||Rotterdam||11th||Het Kasteel||11,000|
|Jong Volendam||Volendam||17th||Kras Stadion||7,384|
|Katwijk||Katwijk||1st||Sportpark De Krom||6,000|
|Koninklijke HFC||Haarlem||8th||Sportpark Spanjaardslaan||1,500|
|Kozakken Boys||Werkendam||6th||Sportpark De Zwaaier||4,000|
|Noordwijk||Noordwijk||10th||Sportpark Duin Wetering||6,100|
|Quick Boys||Katwijk aan Zee||14th||Sportpark Nieuw Zuid||8,100|
|Rijnsburgse Boys||Rijnsburg||4th||Sportpark Middelmors||6,100|
|SV Spakenburg||Spakenburg||7th||Sportpark De Westmaat||8,200|
|TEC||Tiel||16th||Sportpark De Lok||2,500|
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The Eerste Divisie is the second-highest tier of football in the Netherlands. It is linked with the top-level Eredivisie and with the third-level Tweede Divisie via promotion/relegation systems. It is also known as the Keuken Kampioen Divisie due to sponsorship, while previously it was known as Jupiler League for the same reason.
HFC Haarlem was a Dutch football club from the city of Haarlem, established in 1889 and dissolved in 2010. The club won the Dutch national title in 1946 and reached five Cup finals, winning in 1902 and 1912. Haarlem reached the second round of the 1982–83 UEFA Cup, losing to Spartak Moscow of the Soviet Union.
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The Dutch football league system consists of two fully professional leagues and eight levels of amateur football leagues, the highest of which is called Tweede Divisie, formerly Topklasse. All the leagues are connected by a promotion and relegation system, but in order to be promoted to the Eerste Divisie a club has to submit a solid business plan to be approved by the Royal Dutch Football Association, as well as meet certain stadium demands, and some other demands that the association stated for all the teams in the top two leagues. That way it was possible that the IJsselmeervogels won the 2010–11 Topklasse, but was not promoted, because they did not want to be bound to these demands. FC Oss was promoted instead. The association obliges every team from the two fully professional leagues to contract 16 players full-time, in order to keep these leagues fully professional. In 2016 Tweede Divisie was reintroduced as the top amateur level and placed between the Eerste Divisie and the Derde Divisie.
VV ASWH, short for Voetbalvereniging Altijd Sterker Worden Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, is an association football club from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. The club was founded in 1929. Ascending gradually through the ranks, ASWH played 2016–2019 in the Saturday Derde Divisie and now plays in the Tweede Divisie, the third tier of the Netherlands.
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Football is the most popular sport in the Netherlands. Football was introduced to the Netherlands by Pim Mulier in the 19th century when in 1879, at the age of 14, he founded Haarlemsche Football Club. Over the next 30 years, football gained popularity in the Netherlands and the late 1890s and early 1900s saw the foundation of many new clubs, notably Sparta Rotterdam in 1888, which is the oldest professional football club in the country, AFC Ajax in 1900, Feyenoord Rotterdam in 1908, and PSV Eindhoven in 1913.
The Dutch Eerste Divisie in the 1971–72 season was contested by 21 teams, five more than in the previous year. Due to the disbandment of the Tweede Divisie, six teams were promoted to the Eerste Divisie; the rest of the teams returned to amateur football. As a result of the disbandment, teams no longer could relegate to lower leagues. HFC Haarlem won the championship.
The Eerste Divisie 2010–11 was the 55th season of the Eerste Divisie since its establishment in 1956.
The 2015–16 Eerste Divisie, known as Jupiler League for sponsorship reasons, is the sixtieth season of Eerste Divisie since its establishment in 1955. It began in August 2015 with the first matches of the season and will end in May 2016 with the returns of the finals of the promotion/relegation play-offs, involving also the 16th- and 17th-placed teams from the 2015–16 Eredivisie.
The 2015–16 Topklasse season was the sixth and last edition of the Dutch third tier since its inauguration in the current form in 2010. A total 32 teams participated in the league: 25 from the 2014–15 Topklasse, and the remaining seven from the 2014–15 Hoofdklasse. As usual, the competition was divided into two leagues: "Saturday" and "Sunday", who differed by the day their games were usually played.
The 2016–17 Tweede Divisie season was the first edition of the Dutch third tier since its initial dissolution from the 1970-71 season and the fifteenth overall using "Tweede Divisie" name. Fourteen teams were completed from the Topklasse Saturday and Sunday divisions. Seven highest-placed teams of each division earned promotion to constitute a new, amateur Tweede Divisie. This change in the league system was approved in a KNVB assembly in December 2014. Thus, the Topklasse and leagues below it decremented by one level, and furthermore, promotion and relegation between the Tweede Divisie and the Topklasse were implemented.
The Derde Divisie, formerly known as Topklasse, is the fourth tier of football in the Netherlands, which had its inaugural season as a third tier in 2010–11 and as a fourth tier in 2016–17. The league is placed between the Tweede Divisie and the Hoofdklasse, the third and fifth tiers of Dutch football, respectively. The introduction of the then Topklasse resulted from discussions between the Royal Dutch Football Association, the Coöperatie Eerste Divisie and the Centraal Overleg Hoofdklassers.
The 2016–17 Derde Divisie season is the first edition of the new Dutch fourth tier, formerly called Topklasse, since the restructuring of the league system in the summer of 2016.
The 2018–19 Tweede Divisie season is the third edition of the Dutch third tier since on hiatus from 1970-71 season and the 18th edition using Tweede Divisie name. Thirteen teams competed from the last season along with one relegated team from the Eerste Divisie and four promoted teams from the Derde Divisie.
The 2019–20 Derde Divisie season was the fourth edition of the Dutch fourth tier, formerly called Topklasse, since the restructuring of the league system in the summer of 2016.
The 2019–20 Tweede Divisie season was the fourth edition of the Dutch third tier since on hiatus from 1970-71 season and the 19th edition using Tweede Divisie name. Thirteen teams competed from the last season along with five promoted teams from the Derde Divisie.
The 2020–21 Tweede Divisie season is the fifth edition of the Dutch third tier since on hiatus from 1970-71 season and the 20th edition using Tweede Divisie name.
The 2020–21 Derde Divisie season is the fifth edition of the Dutch fourth tier, formerly called Topklasse, since the restructuring of the league system in the summer of 2016.
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