Tweede Divisie

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Tweede Divisie
Tweede Divisie logo.jpg
Founded1956; 64 years ago (1956); 2016; 4 years ago (2016)
CountryNetherlands
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toEerste Divisie
Relegation toDerde Divisie
Domestic cup(s)KNVB Cup
Current championsAFC
(2018–19)
2019–20 Tweede Divisie

The Tweede Divisie (English: Second Division) is the only semi-professional (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, semi-professional 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.[1][2]

Champions[edit]

2019-20 Teams[edit]

Club City 2018-19 season Home ground Capacity
AFC Amsterdam 1st Sportpark Goed Genoeg 3,000
ASWH Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht 7th (Saturday Derde Divisie, promoted through playoffs) Sportpark Schildman 3,000
De Treffers Groesbeek 11th Sportpark Zuid 4,000
Excelsior Maassluis Maassluis 2nd Sportpark Dijkpolder 5,000
GVVV Veenendaal 10th Sportpark Panhuis 3,950
HHC Hardenberg Hardenberg 6th Sportpark De Boshoek 4,500
IJsselmeervogels Spakenburg 3rd Sportpark De Westmaat 8,200
Jong Sparta Rotterdam 12th Het Kasteel 11,000
Jong Volendam Volendam 1st (Sunday Derde Divisie) Kras Stadion 7,384
Katwijk Katwijk 5th Sportpark De Krom 6,000
Koninklijke HFC Haarlem 4th Sportpark Spanjaardslaan 1,500
Kozakken Boys Werkendam 7th Sportpark De Zwaaier 4,000
Noordwijk Noordwijk 1st (Saturday Derde Divisie) Sportpark Duin Wetering 6,100
Quick Boys Katwijk aan Zee 2nd (Saturday Derde Divisie, promoted through playoffs) Sportpark Nieuw Zuid 8,100
Rijnsburgse Boys Rijnsburg 13th Sportpark Middelmors 6,100
Scheveningen Scheveningen 14th Sportpark Houtrust 3,500
SV Spakenburg Spakenburg 9th Sportpark De Westmaat 8,200
TEC Tiel 2nd (Sunday Derde Divisie) Sportpark De Lok 2,500

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plans for a new Tweede Divisie starting 2016/2017". NOS.nl (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Vanaf seizoen 2016/17: promotie/degradatie tussen amateurvoetbal en betaald voetbal". KNVB.nl (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Competities amateurvoetbal niet hervat" [Amateur competitions not resumed] (in Dutch). KNVB. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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