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The Dutch Eerste Divisie in the 1972–73 season was contested by 20 teams, one less than in the previous year. This was due to the merger of Blauw-Wit Amsterdam with eredivisie-club DWS to form FC Amsterdam. Roda JC won the championship.

Eerste Divisie
Season1972–73
ChampionsRoda JC
PromotedNone: Tweede Divisie disbanded; promotion to Eredivisie shown here starting next season
From EredivisieVitesse Arnhem
FC Volendam
To EredivisieRoda JC
De Graafschap
Goals scored913
Average goals/game2.40
1971-72
1973-74

It was the first season in which a promotion competition was held. In this promotion competition, four period winners (the best teams during each of the four quarters of the regular competition) played for promotion to the eredivisie.

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New entrantsEdit

Relegated from the 1971–72 Eredivisie

DFC changed their name to FC Dordrecht for this season.

League standingsEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Roda JC 38 19 14 5 54 32 +22 52 Promoted to Eredivisie.
2 PEC Zwolle 38 20 8 10 72 48 +24 48 Qualified for Promotion play-off as Period champions.
3 Vitesse Arnhem 38 19 10 9 58 38 +20 48
4 De Graafschap 38 15 17 6 52 34 +18 47 Qualified for Promotion play-off as Period champions.
5 Helmond Sport 38 15 17 6 53 38 +15 47
6 FC Volendam 38 19 7 12 65 35 +30 45 Qualified for Promotion play-off as Period champions.
7 SC Cambuur 38 12 20 6 53 40 +13 44
8 FC Wageningen 38 17 10 11 57 52 +5 44 Qualified for Promotion play-off as Period champions.
9 Fortuna SC 38 14 14 10 40 36 +4 42
10 sc Heerenveen 38 14 13 11 44 43 +1 41
11 FC Eindhoven 38 14 9 15 48 45 +3 37
12 Veendam 38 9 16 13 40 50 -10 34
13 SVV 38 8 17 13 26 41 -15 33
14 Willem II 38 9 14 15 39 55 -16 32
15 Heracles 38 9 12 17 45 58 -13 30
16 HVC 38 5 18 15 40 52 -12 28 Changed name next season to SC Amersfoort.
17 Fortuna Vlaardingen 38 9 10 19 30 48 -18 28
18 VVV-Venlo 38 6 16 16 25 45 -20 28
19 De Volewijckers 38 6 16 16 43 65 28- 22
20 FC Dordrecht 38 3 18 17 29 58 -29 24

Promotion competitionEdit

In the promotion competition, four period winners (the best teams during each of the four quarters of the regular competition) played for promotion to the Eredivisie.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 De Graafschap 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 9 Promoted to Eredivisie.
2 FC Volendam 6 4 0 2 15 6 +7 8
3 FC Wageningen 6 1 2 3 8 14 -6 4
4 PEC Zwolle 6 0 3 3 8 15 -7 3

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