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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.

Eerste Divisie
Season2015–16
ChampionsSparta Rotterdam
PromotedSparta Rotterdam
Go Ahead Eagles

This season was the last where promotion and relegation are optional. No club will be relegated to the new third-tier division Tweede Divisie (Second Division). This change in the league system was approved in a KNVB assembly in December 2014. Thus, the Topklasse and leagues below it will decrement by one level, and furthermore, promotion and relegation between the Eerste Divisie and Tweede Divisie will be mandatory from 2016–17.[1][2]

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TeamsEdit

A total of 19 teams are taking part in the league. 2014–15 Eerste Divisie champion NEC gained promotion to the Eredivisie, and was replaced by Dordrecht, that finished last in the 2014–15 Eredivisie. Roda JC Kerkrade and De Graafschap won the post-season playoff, and are replaced in the 2015–16 Eerste Divisie by NAC Breda and Go Ahead Eagles. No teams were relegated, but Jong FC Twente voluntarily withdrew from the league.[3]

Club Location Venue Capacity
Achilles '29 Groesbeek Sportpark De Heikant 4,500
Jong Ajax Amsterdam Sportpark De Toekomst 4,000
Almere City Almere Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion 3,000
Den Bosch 's-Hertogenbosch De Vliert 9,000
Dordrecht Dordrecht GN Bouw Stadion 4,088
Eindhoven Eindhoven Jan Louwers Stadion 4,600
Emmen Emmen Univé Stadion 8,600
Fortuna Sittard Sittard Trendwork Arena 12,500
Go Ahead Eagles Deventer Adelaarshorst 8,000
Helmond Sport Helmond Stadion De Braak 4,100
MVV Maastricht De Geusselt 10,000
NAC Breda Breda Rat Verlegh Stadion 19,000
Oss Oss Heesen Yachts Stadion 4,700
Jong PSV Eindhoven De Herdgang 2,500
RKC Waalwijk Waalwijk Mandemakers Stadion 7,508
Sparta Rotterdam Rotterdam Het Kasteel 11,026
Telstar Velsen TATA Steel Stadion 3,625
Volendam Volendam Kras Stadion 6,260
VVV-Venlo Venlo De Koel 8,000

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Achilles '29   Eric Meijers Klupp Van Helden Relatiegeschenken
Jong Ajax   Jaap Stam Adidas Ziggo
Almere City   Jack de Gier Adidas Van Wijnen
Den Bosch   René van Eck Macron Van Wanrooij
Dordrecht   Harry van den Ham Macron Riwal Hoogwerkers
Eindhoven   Mitchell van der Gaag Joma VDL Groep
Emmen   Gert Heerkes Robey Q&S Gartendeco
Fortuna Sittard   Ben van Dael Macron Fitland
Go Ahead Eagles   Hans de Koning Hummel Drukwerkdeal
Helmond Sport   Remond Strijbosch Hummel Vescom
MVV   Ron Elsen Masita Drink Water
NAC   Marinus Dijkhuizen Legea cm. Payments
Oss   Reinier Robbemond Erima NGSN[permanent dead link]
Jong PSV   Pascal Jansen Umbro Philips
RKC Waalwijk   Peter van den Berg Hummel Mandemakers Keukens
Sparta Rotterdam   Alex Pastoor Robey Axidus
Telstar   Michel Vonk Hummel MPM Oil
Volendam   Robert Molenaar Jako HSB
VVV-Venlo   Maurice Steijn Masita Seacon Logistics

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Sparta Rotterdam (C, P) 36 24 7 5 83 40 +43 79 Promotion to the Eredivisie
2 VVV-Venlo 36 23 6 7 84 39 +45 75 Qualification to promotion play-offs Second round[a]
3 NAC Breda 36 20 7 9 84 42 +42 67
4 Eindhoven 36 19 6 11 55 44 +11 63
5 Go Ahead Eagles (P) 36 18 7 11 61 41 +20 61
6 Volendam 36 14 10 12 54 40 +14 52 Qualification to promotion play-offs First round[a]
7 Emmen 36 15 6 15 58 57 +1 51
8 Almere City 36 14 8 14 68 66 +2 50
9 Jong Ajax[b] 36 13 11 12 59 57 +2 50
10 MVV 36 14 8 14 52 60 −8 50 Qualification to promotion play-offs First round[a]
11 Jong PSV[b] 36 13 9 14 51 71 −20 48
12 Telstar 36 12 8 16 57 64 −7 44
13 Helmond Sport 36 11 9 16 52 59 −7 42
14 Dordrecht 36 11 7 18 47 67 −20 40
15 Achilles '29 36 10 9 17 43 61 −18 39
16 Fortuna Sittard 36 11 6 19 41 74 −33 39
17 Den Bosch 36 9 11 16 47 53 −6 38
18 RKC Waalwijk 36 7 11 18 41 66 −25 32
19 Oss 36 7 8 21 43 80 −37 29
Updated to match(es) played on 22 April 2016. Source: Soccerway[4]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, play for two spots in the 2016–17 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams play in the 2016–17 Eerste Divisie. The season is subdivided in periods consisting of games 1–9, 10–18, 19–27 and 28–36. The top finisher in each period (that has not won a previous period) is a period winner and qualifies for the promotion play-offs first round even if they finish the season outside of the top nine.
  2. ^ a b Youth teams cannot be promoted and cannot participate in the promotion play-offs.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ACH ALM DBO DOR EIN EMM FOR GAE HEL JAJ JPS MVV NAC OSS RKC SPA TEL VOL VVV
Achilles '29 1–3 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 0–0 1–3
Almere City 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 4–0 0–3 3–4 2–2 2–1 7–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–3
Den Bosch 1–2 1–2 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–2 2–4 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–6 4–2 1–1 1–2 5–0 0–0 0–1
Dordrecht 3–3 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–3 0–0
Eindhoven 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–4 2–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0
Emmen 3–1 5–6 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–2 4–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–2 6–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–4
Fortuna Sittard 2–4 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–4 0–3 0–6 0–5
Go Ahead Eagles 3–2 4–1 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 4–1 5–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 3–2 0–3
Helmond Sport 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–2 0–4 2–3 4–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 0–2 1–4
Jong Ajax 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–2
Jong PSV 1–1 3–4 2–1 1–4 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 3–3 2–0 0–3 3–1 3–1 0–3 4–3 2–2 1–5
MVV 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 4–1 1–3 1–2 1–4 0–0 2–3 1–1 4–2 6–2 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–3
NAC Breda 3–1 1–1 3–0 7–0 3–1 2–2 5–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 5–2 1–1 5–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–4 0–1
Oss 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–3 0–4 0–3 4–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–6 0–0 1–2 3–3 1–2 2–1
RKC Waalwijk 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–5 1–2 1–3 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1
Sparta Rotterdam 3–0 3–2 5–2 2–3 3–0 3–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 6–0 1–1 3–1 5–2 2–1 3–1 3–1
Telstar 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Volendam 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–1
VVV-Venlo 3–0 4–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 4–3 1–2 4–3 1–1 1–2 3–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 April 2016. Source: Jupiler League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offsEdit

Promotion/relegation play-offsEdit

Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, play for two spots in the 2016–17 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams play in the 2016–17 Eerste Divisie.

 
First roundSecond roundThird round
 
                
 
 
 
 
MVV Maastricht 22 4
 
 
 
Volendam 11 2
 
MVV Maastricht 01 1
 
 
De Graafschap 12 3
 
 
 
 
 
De Graafschap 11 2
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles* 41 5
 
 
 
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles 12 3
 
 
VVV-Venlo 02 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Almere City 44 8
 
 
 
Emmen 11 2
 
Almere City 02 2
 
 
Willem II 15 6
 
 
 
 
 
Willem II* 13 4
 
 
NAC Breda 21 3
 
 
 
 
 
Eindhoven 10 1
 
 
NAC Breda 02 2
 
 
 
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Plannen tweede divisie gaan door". 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. ^ "Jong FC Twente niet langer in eerste divisie". Tubantia. De Twentsche Courant Tubantia. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Eerste Divisie". soccerway.com. Soccerway.

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