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Eerste klasse

Eerste Klasse
Country Netherlands
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 154 (11 Groups of 14)
Levels on pyramid 5
Promotion to Hoofdklasse
Relegation to Tweede Klasse
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Cup
2010–11 Eerste Klasse

The Eerste Klasse (English: First Class) is the fifth tier of football in the Netherlands, and the third tier of amateur football. The league is divided into eleven divisions, five for Saturday clubs and six for Sunday clubs. These divisions correspond to the six districts of the Royal Dutch Football Association: each district organises a Saturday competition and a Sunday competition, except for South II, which only has a Sunday competition.

Each division consists of 12 teams. The champion of the Eerste Klasse divisions are promoted to the Hoofdklasse. Furthermore, a season is divided into 2 periods (Dutch: periodes) of eight matches each. The winners of these periods qualify for promotion playoffs, provided they finish in the top nine overall in the season. The numbers 11 and 12 in the final rankings play relegation playoffs, and the numbers 13 and 14 relegated to the Tweede Klasse.

Eerste Klasse divisions

District Saturday division Sunday division
West I Eerste Klasse A Eerste Klasse A
West II Eerste Klasse B Eerste Klasse B
South I Eerste Klasse C Eerste Klasse C
South II Eerste Klasse D
East Eerste Klasse D Eerste Klasse E
North Eerste Klasse E Eerste Klasse F

2008-09 clubs

Division Clubs
Saturday Eerste Klasse A Beursbengels, Gouda, Huizen, De Merino's, Montfoort, ODIN '59, Roda '46, Rijnvogels, Sportlust '46, Voorland, Young Boys, Zuidvogels
Saturday Eerste Klasse B 's Gravendeel, 's-Gravenzandse SV, RVVH, Schelluinen, SHO, Spirit, Spijkenisse, Strijen, TOGR, Vitesse Delft, Voorschoten '97, XerxesDZB
Saturday Eerste Klasse C Achilles Veen, GPC Vlissingen, Kloetinge, LRC Leerdam, Nieuw Lekkerland, Nivo Sparta, Roda Boys/Bommelerwaard, Rijsoord, Terneuzense Boys, VVGZ, Wilhelmina '26, Zaamslag
Saturday Eerste Klasse D Be Quick '28, Bennekom, Zwart Wit '63, Barneveld, DOS Kampen, FC Zutphen, AVW '66, WVF, VVOG, DZC '68, Go Ahead Kampen, FC Horst, asv Dronten, DOS '37
Saturday Eerste Klasse E ACV, BCV, Blauw Wit '34, CVVB, Drachtster Boys, Eems Boys, Holwierde, HZVV, Knickerbockers, Noordscheschut, Urk, Viboa
Sunday Eerste Klasse A AFC '34, Blauw-Wit Amsterdam, Breukelen, Chabab, DWS, Hercules, JOS Watergraafsmeer, Kampong, Kennemers, KFC, NVC, V.V. de Meern, De Zouaven
Sunday Eerste Klasse B Boshuizen, DCV, DHC, Feyenoord (amateur branch), JHR, Leonidas, Neptunus, Nieuwenhoorn, RKAVV, SJC, TONEGIDO, Woerden
Sunday Eerste Klasse C Best Vooruit, Dongen, Geldrop, Internos, Nuenen, OSS '20, PSV (amateur branch), RCS, Theole, Unitas, Unitas '30, WSC
Sunday Eerste Klasse D Bekkerveld, Blauw-Geel '38, EHC Norad, Groene Ster, GSV '28, HVCH, RVU, Schaesberg, Someren, TOP Oss (amateur branch), UDI '19, Vinkenslag
Sunday Eerste Klasse E ATC '65, Avanti Wilskracht, AWC, SC Enschede, Jonge Kracht, Juliana '31, NEC (amateur branch), Rheden, Rigtersbleek, RKHVV, Rohda Raalte, Koninklijke UD
Sunday Eerste Klasse F Achilles 1894, Appingedam, Bergum, Erica, FVC, Germanicus, GRC Groningen, Hoogeveen, MSC, Nieuw Buinen, SVBO, Vaassen
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