The Eerste Divisie, also known as the Keuken Kampioen Divisie because of sponsorship rights, is the second-highest football competition in the Netherlands that the KNVB organizes. It is the lowest division in Dutch football where professional football is played. The competition is officially called the Keuken Kampioen Divisie after the main sponsor. Until 2018 the division was called the Jupiler League. Want to get historic data on the Keuken Kampioen Divisie?
The competition consists of 20 clubs. The clubs play each other once at home and once away, which means every team will play 38 matches in a season. The champion and the runner up of the Eerste Divisie will receive an automatic promotion to the Eredivisie. Seven other clubs enter ‘the Nacompetitie’. A promotion/relegation playoff that includes the 16th placed club in the Eredivisie. These playoffs also include 4 teams who have won a ‘period’ of a season. This is a small number of games of about 8 rounds. If the club that wins a period has qualified for the ‘Nacompetitie’ by winning a previous period, its place is filled by the next-best club in that period that has not already qualified. Usually, the clubs that qualify for the Nacompetitie are the 3rd- through 9th-placed clubs in the final table.
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Below you can find some information about the teams currently competing in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie.
ADO Den Haag, also known as Alles Door Oefening Den Haag which translates into Everything Through Practice, was founded in 1905. The club was for a time known as FC Den Haag, with ADO representing the amateur branch of the club. They play in the Eerste Divisie after playing 13 consecutive seasons in the Eredivisie.
Almere City FC builds on former clubs from Amsterdam and is a result of the ambitions of the Almere city council to play an active role in top sports. To that end, the sports club Omniworld was formed, which comprises a volleyball branch, a basketball branch and a football branch. Before the 2010–11 season, the club was renamed Almere City FC.
FC Den Bosch was founded in 1965 as FC Den Bosch/BVV. They are the successor of BVV (1906) and Wilhelmina (1890). Their stadium is called ‘De Vliert’, an 8,500 all-seater. Ruud van Nistelrooy started his professional career at this club. In 2005 they finished bottom of the Eredivisie and were relegated and currently compete in their 16th consecutive Eerste Divisie season.
FC Dordrecht was founded in 1883 as Dordrechtse Cricket Club which later became Dordrechtse Football Club. The club is a two-time KNVB Cup winner however, they have spent most of its existence as a second-tier Eerste Divisie side, with short stints in the Eredivisie.
FC Eindhoven was founded in 1909 and is nicknamed the ‘Blauw-witten’ which translates to ‘Blue-Whites’. FC Eindhoven’s biggest rivalry is with neighbours PSV Eindhoven, against whom they contest the ‘Lichtstad Derby’, ‘City of Light Derby’. FC Eindhoven used to be a bigger club than PSV, but they were overtaken.
FC Emmen was founded in 1925. The club entered the professional Eerste Divisie for the first time in 1985. Emmen was promoted to the Eredivisie for the first time in 2018, but they were relegated to the Keuken Kampioen Divisie in 2021.
Excelsior Rotterdam was founded in 1902. The club’s main rivals are Sparta and Feyenoord, who are both from the city of Rotterdam. Until 2005 Excelsior was a satellite club of Feyenoord. A majority of the Excelsior fans have always been against a partnership with fierce rivals Feyenoord.
De Graafschap was founded in 1954. They carry the nickname ‘Superboeren’, freely translated as ‘Superfarmers’. The club has a large stadium, De Vijverberg, and a large fan base compared to other teams in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. De Vijverberg was voted as the most atmospheric stadium in the Eredivisie for the 2018-19 campaign.
Helmond Sport was founded in 1967 as a breakaway from the local professional club Helmondia ’55, which had gone bankrupt. They have played in the Eerste Divisie for 36 consecutive seasons. They went into the promotion play-offs a total of 10 times while never getting promoted to the Eredivisie.
Jong Ajax have played in the Eerste Divisie from the 2013-14 season. They are the reserve team of Ajax who plays in the Eredivisie. Players like Ryan Gravenberch, Wesley Sneijder, Matthijs de Ligt and many more have played for Jong Ajax.
Jong AZ is the reserve team of AZ Alkmaar that plays in the Eredivisie. They have played in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie since the 2017-18 season. With their highest finishing position being 14th. Players like Calvin Stengs, Steven Berghuis and Teun Koopmeiners have all played for Jong AZ.
Jong PSV have played in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie since the 2013-14 season. They are the reserve team of PSV Eindhoven. The Reserve teams can’t promote because of their parent teams in the Eredivisie. Also, the maximum player age is 23 for Jong teams.
Jong Utrecht have played in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie since the 2016-17 season. They are reserve team of Eredivisie team FC Utrecht. They achieved their highest finishing position in the Eerste Divisie in the 2019-20 season where they finished 12th.
MVV Maastricht was founded in 1902. Because their crest is based on the city’s coast of arms, an armed angel holding a red shield with a white star, they are nicknamed ‘de Sterrendragers’, ‘Wearers of Stars’. They have played in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie for 21 consecutive seasons.
NAC Breda was founded in 1912 when the clubs ADVENDO and NOAD merged into one club. Their full name is more than 80 characters and is the longest name of a football club in the world. NAC play in the Rat Verlegh Stadium, named after their most important player, Antoon ‘Rat’ Verlegh.
Roda JC was founded in 1962 by a merger between Rapid JC and Roda Sport. Roda finished 18th in the 2013-14 Eredivisie and were relegated. Ending a 41-year period of football at the highest national level. They have now played in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie for 3 seasons.
Telstar was founded in 1963 as a merger between the reivals VSV and Stormvogels. The new club was named Telstar, after the then-recently launched communications satellite. Since its founding, the football club has used The Tornados’ song ‘Telstar’ as the entrance tune for home games.
TOP Oss was founded in 1928. The club’s history includes numerous promotions and regelations from the Eredivisie to the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. Top Oss have a fierce rivalry with nearby club FC Den Bosch who also play in the Eerste Divisie.
FC Volendam was founded in 1920 as Victoria, it changed its name to RKSV Volendam in 1923. And emerged as an exclusively professional club, FC Volendam, in 1977. They have achieved nine promotions to the Eredivisie, a record.
VVV-Venlo was founded in 1903. They were relegated last season to the Keuken Kampioen divisie following a 4-season long spell in the Eredivisie. They play at De Koel in Venlo which holds 8000 people and was built in 1972.
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