Tweede Divisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtʋeːdə diˈvizi]; 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.

Tweede Divisie
Founded1956; 68 years ago (1956);
refounded in 2016; 8 years ago (2016)
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toEerste Divisie (for reserve teams)
Relegation toDerde Divisie
U21 Division 1 (for reserve teams)
Domestic cup(s)KNVB Cup
Current championsKatwijk (3rd title)
Current: 2023–24 Tweede Divisie

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.[1][2] Despite its amateurism, the league obliges its clubs to have a minimum number of players under contract.[3] No first team will be promoted to the Eerste Divisie until after 2022–23, but from the end of 2020–21 at first, 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.[4] Because of the 2020–21 season's cancellation,[5] promotion or relegation was suspended for five to 10 years in June 2022.[6]

Champions edit

2023–24 teams edit

Club City 2022–23 season Home ground Capacity
AFC Amsterdam 3rd Sportpark Goed Genoeg 03,000
Excelsior Maassluis Maassluis 14th Sportpark Dijkpolder 05,000
HHC Hardenberg 4th Sportpark De Boshoek 04,500
Koninklijke HFC Haarlem 7th Sportpark Spanjaardslaan 01,500
IJsselmeervogels Spakenburg 16th Sportpark De Westmaat 06,000
Jong Sparta Rotterdam 10th Het Kasteel 11,000
Jong Volendam Volendam 17th Kras Stadion 07,384
Katwijk Katwijk 1st Sportpark De Krom 06,000
Kozakken Boys Werkendam 13th Sportpark De Zwaaier 03,000
Lisse Lisse 12th Sportpark Ter Specke 07,000
Noordwijk Noordwijk 9th Sportpark Duin Wetering 03,500
OFC Oostzaan 18th Sportpark OFC 01,500
Quick Boys Katwijk aan Zee 6th Sportpark Nieuw Zuid 08,100
Rijnsburgse Boys Rijnsburg 2nd Sportpark Middelmors 06,100
Scheveningen Scheveningen 8th Sportpark Houtrust 03,500
Spakenburg Spakenburg 11th Sportpark De Westmaat 08,500
TEC Tiel 15th Sportpark De Lok 02,500
De Treffers Groesbeek 5th Sportpark Zuid 04,000

References edit

  1. ^ "Plans for a new Tweede Divisie starting 2016–17". (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Vanaf seizoen 2016/17: promotie/degradatie tussen amateurvoetbal en betaald voetbal". (in Dutch). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Richtlijn Licentiesysteem tweede en derde divisie seizoen 2019/'20" [Licensing system guidelines - Second and Third Division Season 2019–20] (in Dutch). KNVB. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Bondsvergadering kiest voor nieuwe competitiestructuur in jeugdvoetbal" [Association assembly opts for a new league structure in youth football] (in Dutch). KNVB. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Competities senioren categorie A niet hervat" [Seniors category A competitions not resumed] (in Dutch). KNVB. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  6. ^ "6. Agenda bondsvergadering". Agenda (in Dutch). KNVB. 24 June 2023. p. 24.
  7. ^ "Competities amateurvoetbal niet hervat" [Amateur competitions not resumed] (in Dutch). KNVB. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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