Netherlands - Regional Analysis


Below you find a regionwise analysis of the Dutch league - which regions provided how many teams to the league, and titles won per region.


Information is prepared as follows:

- Name of the region (province) in Dutch.

- Population (2007, rounded to thousands).

- The number of participations in the national championship playoffs by teams
  from the region, and between brackets the number of championships won, from 
  1898 to 1956.
  From 1898 to 1950 the title was decided in a playoff between the winners of
  2 to 6 regional leagues;
  from 1950 to 1954 the title was decided in a playoff between the winners of
  4 or 5 less strictly regionalised leagues;
  in 1954/55 (the first season of professional football in the Netherlands) 
  the title was decided in a playoff between the winners of 4 'eerste klasses';
  in 1955/56 the title was decide in a playoff between the top-2 of 2 'hoofd-
  klasses'.
  The emergency wartime championships of 1914/15 (won by Sparta in a playoff
  against Vitesse) and 1939/40 (won by Feijenoord in a playoff ahead of Blauw
  Wit, Heracles, Juliana and GVAV) are included.
  In 1944/45 no championship was organised; in total 58 championships were
  awarded in this period.
  
- Eredivisie: in 1956/57, a national first division, 'eredivisie' was set up
  for the first time.  For each club, the number of seasons in the eredivisie
  from 1956/57 to 2013/14 (maximally 58) is indicated first, the number of 
  championships won from 1956/57 to 2012/13 (57 in all) is then given 
  between brackets.

  In addition, for each region, all other teams that ever played professional
  football within the KNVB are listed (the abandoned NBVB competition of 1954 
  is not included, and neither are those clubs that started the 1954/55 KNVB 
  amateur leagues and disappeared (usually through mergers) after the KNVB and
  NBVB leagues merged) - so those clubs that never reached the 'eredivisie'. 

  This is done because there were never more than 3 professional levels (2 
  after the major league reform of 1971, when many clubs merged and others
  forced out of the league), and Dutch professional football is essentially 
  'closed shop': no systematic promotion/relegation system from the amateur 
  ranks has ever existed except for the sixties.   From time to time, clubs 
  disappear either voluntarily or through bankruptcy, and only occasionally 
  new clubs are voted in.  Since the 2009/10 season, the bottom club(s) of
  the second level Eerste Divisie are to be relegated to the third level
  Topklasse, but due to a general lack of interest in promotion and the
  regular disappearance of clubs due to bankruptcy, this relegation out of
  the professional level has only been effective once (FC Oss 2010) and
  the club in question returned after one year.  Because of this, the KNVB
  controversially decided to admit three youth teams (Jong Ajax, Jong PSV
  and Jong FC Twente) to the second level for the 2013/14 season.

  For all clubs that do not exist anymore, the reason and year of their
  disappearance is given.  There are 5 distinct reasons: bankruptcy,
  merger, relegation, (voluntary) withdrawal, and finally forced removal
  because of the 1971 reform.

- Totals: for each club, the sum of participations in either championship 
  playoffs (until 1956) and eredivisie (since 1956) as well as the total 
  number of Dutch championships (if any) is given.

- For all clubs founded by merger, all constituent clubs are treated as 
  distinct entities, with the data of the merger given in the note(s) at
  the end of the regional overview.  The first club given (A as in A merged 
  with B to form C) is the one whose league position was taken by the merger
  club.

  There are three exceptions to this:

  1) the clubs DWS and DWS/A (the latter a merger of DWS and bvc Amsterdam
     which later reverted to the name DWS) are considered as one entity;
  2) the club FC Amsterdam as formed by the merger of DWS and Blauw Wit
     and the same formed by the later inclusion of De Volewijckers are
     considered as one entity;
  3) the clubs Dordrecht '90 and SVV/Dordrecht '90 (the latter a merger of
     Dordrecht '90 and SVV which took the league position of SVV but played
     at Dordrecht and after 1 season reverted to the name Dordrecht '90)
     are considered as one entity.

  All clubs that went through name changes are considered the same entity 
  even if juridically they were not (e.g. PEC, PEC Zwolle, PEC Zwolle '82,
  FC Zwolle).  These name changes are not listed exhaustively.

At the bottom of the page, regionwise statistical summaries are presented.


Drenthe

Pop.: 486,000

Until 1956:

No Dutch championship won; 1 playoff participation by 1 club:

 1      Achilles (Assen)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; no club from Drenthe ever played in the eredivisie.

2 clubs from Drenthe play(ed) professional football:

        Emmen
        Zwartemeer / SC Drente (Klazienaveen)              [removed 1971]

Total

No Dutch championship won; 1 top level participation by 1 club:

 1      Achilles (Assen)

Note:  Zwartemeer were renamed SC Drente in 1966.

Flevoland

Pop.: 374,000

Until 1956:

The new province of Flevoland did not exist.  No clubs from the region won
a Dutch championship, nor did one reach the playoff.

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; no club from Flevoland ever played in the eredivisie.

1 club from Flevoland play(ed) professional football:

        FC Omniworld (Almere) / Almere City 

Total

No Dutch championship won; no top level participation.

Friesland

Pop.: 642,000

Until 1956:

No Dutch championship won; 10 playoff participations by 2 clubs:

 9      Heerenveen
 1      Frisia (Leeuwarden)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; 27 presences by 2 clubs:

22      Heerenveen
 5      Cambuur (Leeuwarden)

No other club from Friesland played professional football.

Total

No Dutch championship won; 37 top level participations by 3 clubs:

31      Heerenveen
 5      Cambuur (Leeuwarden)
 1      Frisia (Leeuwarden)

Note:  Cambuur were known as Leeuwarden until 1964 and as Cambuur Leeuwarden
         from 1989 until 2008.

Gelderland

Pop.: 1,979,000

Until 1956:

No Dutch championship won; 18 playoff participations by 6 clubs:

 7      Vitesse (Arnhem)
 3      NEC (Nijmegen)
 3      Victoria (Wageningen)
 2      AGOVV (Apeldoorn)
 2      GVC (Wageningen)
 1      Quick (Nijmegen)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; 88 presences by 4 clubs:

38      NEC (Nijmegen)
29      Vitesse (Arnhem)
19      De Graafschap (Doetinchem)
 2      Wageningen                                         [bankrupt 1992]

3 other clubs from Gelderland play(ed) professional football:
       
        Achilles '29 (Groesbeek)
        AGOVV Apeldoorn                                    [bankrupt 2013]
        Rheden                                             [relegated 1960]

Total

No Dutch championship won; 106 top level participations by 8 clubs:

41      NEC (Nijmegen)
36      Vitesse (Arnhem)
19      De Graafschap (Doetinchem)
 3      Victoria (Wageningen)
 2      AGOVV (Apeldoorn)
 2      GVC (Wageningen)
 2      Wageningen
 1      Quick (Nijmegen)

Note:  AGOVV (Apeldoorn) were removed 1971 but returned as AGOVV Apeldoorn
         in 2003.

Groningen

Pop.: 574,000

Until 1956:

1 Dutch championship won by 1 club; 23 playoff participations by 4 clubs:

13 ( 1) Be Quick (Groningen)
 8      Velocitas (Groningen)
 1      GVAV (Groningen)
 1      Veendam

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; 49 presences by 2 clubs:

47      GVAV / FC Groningen
 2      Veendam                                            [bankrupt 2013]

3 other clubs from Groningen played professional football:
       
        Be Quick (Groningen)                               [withdrew 1964]
        Oosterparkers (Groningen)                          [withdrew 1959]
        Velocitas (Groningen)                              [relegated 1960]

Total

1 Dutch championship won by 1 club; 72 top level participations by 4 clubs:

48      GVAV / FC Groningen
13 ( 1) Be Quick (Groningen)
 8      Velocitas (Groningen)
 3      Veendam
 
Note:  GVAV were renamed FC Groningen in 1971.

Limburg

Pop.: 1,128,000

Until 1956:

2 Dutch championships won by 2 clubs; 8 playoff participations by 5 clubs:

 3      MVV (Maastricht)
 2 ( 1) Limburgia (Brunssum)
 1      Juliana (Spekholzerheide)
 1      Maurits (Geleen)
 1 ( 1) Rapid JC (Heerlen)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; 138 presences by 7 clubs:

41      Roda JC Kerkrade
36      MVV Maastricht
20      VVV-Venlo
19      FSC / Fortuna Sittard
12      Fortuna '54 (Geleen)                               [merged 1968]
 6      Rapid JC (Heerlen)                                 [merged 1962]
 4      Sittardia (Sittard)                                [merged 1968]

2 other clubs from Limburg played professional football:
       
        Limburgia (Brunssum)                               [removed 1971]
        Roda Sport (Kerkrade)                              [merged 1962]

Total

2 Dutch championships won by 2 clubs; 146 top level participations by 10 clubs:

41      Roda JC Kerkrade
39      MVV Maastricht
20      VVV-Venlo
19      FSC / Fortuna Sittard
12      Fortuna '54 (Geleen)
 7 ( 1) Rapid JC (Heerlen)
 4      Sittardia (Sittard)
 2 ( 1) Limburgia (Brunssum)
 1      Juliana (Spekholzerheide)
 1      Maurits (Geleen)
 
Notes: Rapid '54 merged with Juliana to form Rapid JC in 1954;
         Bleijerheide merged with Kerkrade to form Roda Sport in 1954;
         Rapid JC merged with Roda Sport to form Roda JC in 1962;
         Roda JC changed name to Roda JC Kerkrade in 2010;
       Fortuna '54 merged with Sittardia to form FSC in 1968;
         FSC changed name to Fortuna Sittard in 1979;
       MVV changed name to MVV Maastricht in 2010;
       VVV were temporarily (1966-1985) known as FC VVV and changed 
         name to VVV-Venlo in 2003.

Noord-Brabant

Pop.: 2,419,000

Until 1956:

9 Dutch championships won by 5 clubs; 46 playoff participations by 9 clubs:

12 ( 3) PSV (Eindhoven)
11 ( 3) Willem II (Tilburg)
10 ( 1) NAC (Breda)
 5 ( 1) Eindhoven
 3 ( 1) BVV ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)
 2      NOAD (Tilburg)
 1      LONGA (Tilburg)
 1      Velocitas (Breda)
 1      Wilhelmina ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

18 Dutch championships won by 1 club; 195 presences by 10 clubs:

58 (18) PSV (Eindhoven)
47      NAC Breda
38      Willem II Tilburg
23      RKC Waalwijk
13      FC Den Bosch
 5      RBC Roosendaal                                     [bankrupt 2011]
 4      NOAD (Tilburg)                                     [removed 1971]
 3      FC Eindhoven
 2      BVV ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)                  [merged 1967]
 2      Helmond Sport

9 other clubs from Noord-Brabant play(ed) professional football:
       
        Baronie (Breda)                                    [removed 1971]
        Brabantia (Eindhoven)                              [withdrew 1955]
        DOSKO (Bergen op Zoom)                             [withdrew 1959]
        Helmond                                            [withdrew 1962]
        Jong PSV (Eindhoven)
        LONGA (Tilburg)                                    [withdrew 1965]
        FC Oss
        De Valk (Valkenswaard)                             [relegated 1961]
        Wilhelmina ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)           [merged 1967]

Total

27 Dutch championships won by 5 clubs; 241 top level participations by 13 clubs:

70 (21) PSV (Eindhoven)
57 ( 1) NAC Breda
49 ( 3) Willem II Tilburg
23      RKC Waalwijk
13      FC Den Bosch
 8 ( 1) FC Eindhoven
 6      NOAD (Tilburg)                                      
 5 ( 1) BVV ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)                 
 5      RBC Roosendaal
 2      Helmond Sport
 1      LONGA (Tilburg)
 1      Velocitas (Breda)
 1      Wilhelmina ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch)

Notes: BVV changed name to FC Den Bosch in 1965 in anticipation of
         a merger with Wilhelmina which finally took place in 1967;
         FC Den Bosch were temporarily (1988-1992) known as BVV Den Bosch;
       Helmond Sport were known as Helmondia '55 until 1967;
       RKC changed name to RKC Waalwijk in 1996;
       RBC changed name to RBC Roosendaal in 1999;
       Eindhoven changed name to FC Eindhoven in 2002;
       NAC changed name to NAC Breda in 2003;
       TOP changed name to TOP Oss in 1994 and to FC Oss in 2009;
       Willem II changed name to Willem II Tilburg in 2004.

Noord-Holland

Pop.: 2,613,000

Until 1956:

14 Dutch championships won by 5 clubs; 47 playoff participations by 13 clubs:

17 ( 8) Ajax (Amsterdam)
 7      Blauw Wit (Amsterdam)
 5      DWS (Amsterdam)
 3 ( 1) Haarlem
 3      Stormvogels (IJmuiden)
 2      AFC (Amsterdam)
 2 ( 2) RAP (Amsterdam)
 2 ( 2) RCH (Haarlem / Heemstede)
 2      VSV (Velsen)
 1      EDO (Haarlem)
 1      KFC (Koog aan de Zaan)
 1 ( 1) De Volewijckers (Amsterdam)
 1      Volharding (Amsterdam)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

27 Dutch championships won by 3 clubs; 181 presences by 11 clubs:

58 (24) Ajax (Amsterdam)
36 ( 2) AZ (Alkmaar)
25      Volendam
18      Haarlem                                            [bankrupt 2010]
14      Telstar (Velsen)
13 ( 1) DWS / DWS/A (Amsterdam)                            [merged 1972]
 6      FC Amsterdam                                       [bankrupt 1982]
 6      Blauw Wit (Amsterdam)                              [merged 1972]
 2      bvc Amsterdam                                      [merged 1958]
 2      De Volewijckers (Amsterdam)                         [merged 1974]
 1      Alkmaar                                            [merged 1967]

9 other clubs from Noord-Holland played professional football:
       
        EDO (Haarlem)                                      [removed 1971]
        't Gooi / SC Gooiland (Hilversum)                  [removed 1971]
        Hilversum                                          [withdrew 1968]
        Jong Ajax (Amsterdam)
        KFC / FC Zaanstreek (Koog aan de Zaan)             [merged 1967]
        RCH (Heemstede)                                    [removed 1971]
        Stormvogels (IJmuiden)                              [merged 1963]
        VSV (Velsen)                                       [merged 1963]
        ZFC (Zaandam)                                      [removed 1971]

Total

41 Dutch championships won by 7 clubs; 228 top level participations by 19 clubs:

75 (32) Ajax (Amsterdam)
36 ( 2) AZ (Alkmaar)
25      Volendam
21 ( 1) Haarlem
18 ( 1) DWS / DWS/A (Amsterdam)                                     
14      Telstar (Velsen)
13      Blauw Wit (Amsterdam)                       
 6      FC Amsterdam                                    
 3      Stormvogels (IJmuiden)
 3 ( 1) De Volewijckers (Amsterdam)                         
 2      AFC (Amsterdam)
 2      bvc Amsterdam                                         
 2 ( 2) RAP (Amsterdam)
 2 ( 2) RCH (Haarlem / Heemstede)
 2      VSV (Velsen)
 1      Alkmaar                                            
 1      EDO (Haarlem)
 1      KFC (Koog aan de Zaan)
 1      Volharding (Amsterdam)

Notes: DWS merged with bvc Amsterdam to form DWS/A in 1958;
         DWS/A were renamed DWS in 1962;
         DWS merged with Blauw Wit to form FC Amsterdam in 1972;
         FC Amsterdam merged with De Volewijckers in 1974;
       KFC were renamed FC Zaanstreek in anticipation of a merger with ZFC 
         (which never took place) in 1964;
         Alkmaar merged with FC Zaanstreek to form AZ '67 in 1967;
         AZ '67 were renamed AZ in 1986;
       VSV merged with Stormvogels to form Telstar in 1963; following a
         cooperation with amateur side Stormvogels, Telstar were known as
         Stormvogels Telstar Combinatie between 2001 and 2008;
       't Gooi were renamed SC Gooiland in 1965;
       RCH (Racing Club Haarlem) were renamed RCH (Racing Club Heemstede) in 
         1965; they had actually moved from Haarlem to Heemstede in 1932.

Overijssel

Pop.: 1,116,000

Until 1956:

7 Dutch championships won by 3 clubs; 34 playoff participations by 7 clubs:

16 ( 4) Go Ahead (Deventer)
 6 ( 2) Heracles (Almelo)
 5 ( 1) Sportclub Enschede
 4      Prinses Wilhelmina (Enschede)
 1      Enschedese Boys (Enschede)
 1      UD (Deventer)
 1      ZAC (Zwolle)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

1 Dutch championship won by 1 club; 114 presences by 5 clubs:

48 ( 1) FC Twente (Enschede)
29      Go Ahead / Go Ahead Eagles (Deventer)
14      Heracles (Almelo)
14      PEC Zwolle
 9      Sportclub Enschede                                 [merged 1965]

6 other clubs from Overijssel played professional football:
       
        Enschedese Boys (Enschede)                         [merged 1965]
        Jong FC Twente (Enschede)
        Oldenzaal                                          [withdrew 1963]
        Rigtersbleek (Enschede)                            [withdrew 1961]
        Tubantia (Hengelo)                                 [withdrew 1967]
        Zwolsche Boys (Zwolle)                             [withdrew 1969]

Total

8 Dutch championships won by 4 clubs; 148 top level participations by 9 clubs:

48 ( 1) FC Twente (Enschede)
45 ( 4) Go Ahead / Go Ahead Eagles (Deventer)
20 ( 2) Heracles (Almelo)
14      PEC Zwolle
14 ( 1) Sportclub Enschede                             
 4      Prinses Wilhelmina (Enschede)
 1      Enschedese Boys (Enschede)
 1      UD (Deventer)
 1      ZAC (Zwolle)

Notes: Sportclub Enschede merged with Enschedese Boys to form FC Twente in 1965;
       Go Ahead were renamed Go Ahead Eagles in 1971;
       Heracles were renamed Heracles Almelo in 1998;
       PEC Zwolle were known as PEC until 1971 and as FC Zwolle between 1991 and 2012.
         In 1962 both PEC and Zwolsche Boys were relegated from professional football
         but readmitted after it had been found impossible to find a place for them 
         in the regional amateur leagues.

Utrecht

Pop.: 1,191,000

Until 1956:

No Dutch championship won; 3 playoff participations by 3 clubs:

 1      DOS (Utrecht)
 1      Elinkwijk (Utrecht)
 1      UVV (Utrecht)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

1 Dutch championship won by 1 club; 65 presences by 3 clubs:

44      FC Utrecht
14 ( 1) DOS (Utrecht)                                      [merged 1970]
 7      Elinkwijk (Utrecht)                                 [merged 1970]

3 other clubs from Utrecht played professional football:
 
        HVC / SC Amersfoort                                [bankrupt 1983]          
        Velox (Utrecht)                                    [merged 1970]
        Zeist                                              [relegated 1961]
  
Total

1 Dutch championship won by 1 club; 68 top level participations by 4 clubs:

44      FC Utrecht
15 ( 1) DOS (Utrecht)                               
 8      Elinkwijk (Utrecht)                                     
 1      UVV (Utrecht)

Notes: DOS merged with Elinkwijk and Velox to form FC Utrecht in 1970;
       HVC were renamed SC Amersfoort in 1973.

Zeeland

Pop.: 380,000

Until 1956:

No Dutch championship won; no club from Zeeland ever reached the playoff.

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

No Dutch championship won; no club from Zeeland ever played in the eredivisie.

1 club from Zeeland played professional football:

 1      VC Vlissingen / VCV Zeeland                        [bankrupt 1992]
       
Total

No Dutch championship won; no top level participation.

Note: VC Vlissingen changed name to VCV Zeeland in 1991.

Zuid-Holland

Pop.: 3,455,000

Until 1956:

25 Dutch championships won by 7 clubs; 42 playoff participations by 10 clubs:

13 ( 5) Feijenoord (Rotterdam)
10 ( 5) Sparta (Rotterdam)
 8 ( 8) HVV ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 3 ( 2) ADO ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 3 ( 3) HBS ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 1      Hermes DVS (Schiedam)
 1 ( 1) Quick ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 1 ( 1) SVV (Schiedam)
 1      VOC (Rotterdam)
 1      VUC ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)

Eredivisie since 1956-57:

10 Dutch championships won by 2 clubs; 179 presences by 10 clubs:

58 ( 9) Feijenoord / Feyenoord (Rotterdam)
51 ( 1) Sparta Rotterdam
26      FC Den Haag / ADO Den Haag
17      Excelsior (Rotterdam)
14      ADO ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)                      [merged 1971]
 5      DS '79 / SVV/Dordrecht '90 / Dordrecht '90
 4      Holland Sport ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)            [merged 1971]
 2      SVV (Schiedam)                                     [merged 1991]
 1      Xerxes (Rotterdam)                                 [merged 1967]
 1      Xerxes/DHC (Rotterdam)                             [bankrupt 1968]

7 other clubs from Zuid-Holland played professional football:
       
        DHC (Delft)                                        [merged 1967]
        EBOH (Dordrecht)                                   [withdrew 1962]
        Emma (Dordrecht)                                   [withdrew 1958]
        Fortuna Vlaardingen / FC Vlaardingen               [bankrupt 1981]
        Hermes DVS (Schiedam)                              [removed 1971]
        ONA (Gouda)                                        [relegated 1960]
        UVS (Leiden)                                       [relegated 1962]

Total

35 Dutch championships won by 7 clubs; 221 top level participations by 16 clubs:

71 (14) Feijenoord / Feyenoord (Rotterdam)
61 ( 6) Sparta Rotterdam
26      FC Den Haag / ADO Den Haag
17 ( 2) ADO ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)                       
17      Excelsior (Rotterdam)
 8 ( 8) HVV ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 5      DS '79 / SVV/Dordrecht '90 / Dordrecht '90 
 4      Holland Sport ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)               
 3 ( 3) HBS ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 3 ( 1) SVV (Schiedam)                                     
 1      Hermes DVS (Schiedam)
 1 ( 1) Quick ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 1      VOC (Rotterdam)
 1      VUC ('s-Gravenhage, Den Haag)
 1      Xerxes (Rotterdam)                                   
 1      Xerxes/DHC (Rotterdam)                             

Notes: Feijenoord were renamed Feyenoord in 1971;
       Sparta changed name to Sparta Rotterdam in 2004;
       Holland Sport were known as Flamingo's until 1955 and (following a
         temporary merger with amateur club Scheveningen) as SHS between 1955
         and 1964;
         ADO merged with Holland Sport to form FC Den Haag in 1971;
         FC Den Haag changed name to ADO Den Haag temporarily (1992-1994) and
         again in 1996;
       Xerxes merged with DHC to form Xerxes/DHC in 1967;
       DS '79 were known as DFC until 1972, and as FC Dordrecht from 1972 to
         1979; DS '79 changed name to Dordrecht '90 in 1990;
         SVV merged with Dordrecht '90 to form SVV/Dordrecht '90 in 1991;
         SVV/Dordrecht '90 changed name to Dordrecht '90 in 1992 and to
         FC Dordrecht in 2002;
       Fortuna Vlaardingen changed name to FC Vlaardingen in 1974.


Overall statistics

Ante and Post 1956

Region                           Until 1956             Eredivisie     
                              Part.      Champ.      Pres.      Champ. 
                             Cl  Tot    Cl  Tot     Cl  Tot    Cl  Tot   

Noord-Brabant                 9   46     5    9     10  195     1   18
Noord-Holland                13   47     5   14     11  181     3   27
Zuid-Holland                 10   42     7   25     10  179     2   10  
Overijssel                     7   34     3    7      5  114     1    1  
Limburg                       5    8     2    2      7  138     -    -  
Gelderland                    6   18     -    -      4   88     -    -  
Groningen                     4   23     1    1      2   49     -    -  
Utrecht                       3    3     -    -      3   65     1    1      
Friesland                     2   10     -    -      2   27     -    -   
Drenthe                       1    1     -    -      -    -     -    -   
Flevoland                     -    -     -    -      -    -     -    -  
Zeeland                       -    -     -    -      -    -     -    -  

Total                        60  232    23   58     54 1036     8   57

Champ. = number of championships
Part.  = number of participations in national championship playoffs
Pres.  = number of presences in eredivisie

Cl     = number of clubs involved
Tot    = total number

Overall

Region                      Population             Total   
                                              Part.      Champ.  
                                             Cl  Tot    Cl  Tot   

Noord-Brabant               2,419,000        13  241     5   27
Noord-Holland               2,613,000        19  228     7   41
Zuid-Holland                3,455,000        16  221     7   35
Overijssel                   1,116,000         9  148     4    8   
Limburg                     1,128,000        10  146     2    2
Gelderland                  1,979,000         8  106     -    -   
Groningen                     574,000         4   72     1    1
Utrecht                     1,191,000         4   68     1    1  
Friesland                     642,000         3   37     -    - 
Drenthe                       486,000         1    1     -    -  
Flevoland                     374,000         -    -     -    - 
Zeeland                       380,000         -    -     -    -     

Total                      16,357,000        87 1268    27  115

Champ. = number of championships
Part.  = number of participations in national championship playoffs or eredivisie

Cl     = number of clubs involved
Tot    = total number

Professional Teams

Region                    Ever Now     Bkr Mer Rel Rem Wdw
 
Drenthe                     2   1                   1
Flevoland                   1   1  
Friesland                   2   2
Gelderland                  7   4       1       1   1   
Groningen                   5   1       1       1       2
Limburg                     9   4           4       1
Noord-Brabant              19   9       1   2   1   2   4
Noord-Holland              20   5       2   8       4   1
Overijssel                  11   5           2           4
Utrecht                     6   1       1   3   1
Zeeland                     1   -       1
Zuid-Holland               17   5       2   5   2   1   2

Total                     100  38       9  24   6  10  13

Bkr    = number of clubs that went bankrupt
Mer    = number of clubs that merged
Rel    = number of clubs that were effectively relegated
Rem    = number of clubs that were removed in 1971
Wdw    = number of clubs that withdrew

About this document

Thanks to Carles Lozano Ferrer (ferrer@economistes.com) for population data and idea

Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Karel Stokkermans (karel@rsssf.com)
Last updated: 9 Aug 2013

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