The Eredivisie Vrouwen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːrədiˌvizi]) (Dutch for Honor Division) is the professional women's football league in the Netherlands. Organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) it was established in 2007 and then played for five seasons until 2012 when the leagues of the Netherlands and Belgium merged forming a single combined league (BeNe League). After three seasons the BeNe League folded and the Eredivisie was restarted in the 2015–16 season. The league winner receives a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
|Founded||20 March 2007|
2 April 2015 (reestablishment)
|Number of teams||9|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||no relegation|
|Domestic cup(s)||KNVB Women's Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Women's Champions League|
|Current champions||FC Twente (3rd title) |
|Most championships||AZ, FC Twente (3 titles)|
|2018–19 Eredivisie (women)|
Since the 1970s amateur women's football competitions have been played in the Netherlands with the Hoofdklasse being the highest level. During the 1990s the popularity of women's football rose with the sport becoming an Olympic event in 1996 and hundreds of thousands of tickets sold during the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. With the Netherlands women's national football team unable to qualify to major tournaments such as FIFA Women's World Cups, UEFA Women's Euros or Olympic Games and the most talented female players leaving for Germany or other countries with professional leagues, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) felt compelled to act.
In January 2007, the KNVB presented plans of the Eredivisie Vrouwen, a professional women's league. A number of clubs were interested and on 20 March 2007, the league was officially unveiled by the KNVB for three seasons with the first scheduled for 2007–08 with six clubs taking part (ADO Den Haag, AZ, SC Heerenveen, FC Twente, FC Utrecht and Willem II).
According to the league's business plan, initially the national team players were divided amongst the six clubs, apart from organizing the league the KNVB provided a start-up subsidy, contribution to the costs and technical assistance to the professional clubs, which in return should provide technical and medical staff, transport, training and other facilities to their players. The clubs also had to affiliate an amateur club who would use players coming back from injury or reserve players or young talented players from the professional club. The idea was to expand the league from 6 to 10-12 clubs in 5–8 years.
On 29 August 2007 the opening ceremony for the launch of the Eredivisie Vrouwen took place at the Arke Stadion in Enschede, with the presentation of the six participating teams, ahead of the league's inaugural match played by FC Twente and SC Heerenveen in front of 5.500 spectators. Visitors SC Heerenveen won the match 3–2 and Marieke van Ottele scored the first ever Eredivisie goal for FC Twente after 73 seconds in the match. At the end of the 2007–08 season, AZ were crowned the first Eredivisie champions and Karin Stevens the top scorer with 20 goals.
On 5 May 2009, financial problems forced Roda JC to announce its withdraw from the Eredivisie. Six teams participated in the 2009–10 season which for a third consecutive season was won by AZ and had Sylvia Smit (for a second consecutive season) and Chantal de Ridder as top scorers with 11 goals each.
Two new teams joined the league (VVV-Venlo and FC Zwolle) on 10 March 2010, taking the total of participating teams to eight for the 2010–11 season. At the end of the season FC Twente won its first league title, breaking AZ three year championship hegemony. Chantal de Ridder was the top scorer for a second consecutive season with 19 goals.
On 22 February 2011, during the second half of the 2010–11 season, a meeting between the League (Stichting Eredivisie Vrouwen - SEV), KNVB and clubs was held to discuss possible improvement to the league. A statement from the KNVB announced that from next season matchdays would move from Thursdays to Fridays, relationship changes between clubs and their affiliated amateur clubs, guideline principles amongst other topics discussed and the financial conditions were to be discussed on a further meeting, as the KNVB was trying to keep the league with eight teams next season. At the same day following the meeting, three time league champions AZ announced it would withdraw from the league once the season was completed. On the following day Willem II announced it was also withdrawing from the league's next season. Financial issues were responsible for both clubs decision. PSV, working to build a women's team, confirmed on 3 March 2011 it would not be able to participate in the next season. On 8 March 2011, FC Utrecht also announced its withdraw from next season also due to financial reasons, but on 6 April 2011 retreated its withdraw and confirmed it had secured finances for one more season. On 14 April 2011 it was SC Heerenveen who announced its withdraw due to financial issues, two weeks later, on 26 April 2011, as the club continued working to find sponsors to remain in the league, RBC Roosendaal presented a possibility of entering a team if its male team remained in Jupiler League. The KNVB extension of the clubs registration deadline allowed SC Heerenveen to secure the funds needed to play another season and on 28 April 2011 the club confirmed its participation. On 27 May 2011 SC Telstar was confirmed as the seventh team for the season.
The 2011–12 season was won by ADO Den Haag, the club first league title, and Priscilla de Vos was the top scorer with 16 goals. It was to be the Eredivisie last season, as on 30 August 2011 the KNVB and its Belgian counterpart (KBVB) presented a proposal to merge its respective women's professional leagues into a combined BeNe League. On 10 December 2010 the KBVB agreed to go ahead with the BeNe Lague and two days later the KNVB decided to stop investing in the Eredivisie Vrouwen for the next three years. On 13 February 2012 the KNVB announced it was also going ahead with the BeNe League and on 23 March 2012 it received approval from UEFA. The new league had its inaugural season in 2012–13.
After three season the BeNe League folded at the end of the 2014–15 season. On 2 April 2015, the KNVB confirmed the restart of the Eredivisie Vrouwen with the participation of the seven Dutch clubs that played in the BeNe League's last season.
The 2015–16 season had Ajax and PSV, after both clubs established women's teams in 2012, making their debut in the Eredivisie Vrouwen alongside ADO Den Haag, SC Heerenveen, Telstar, FC Twente and PEC Zwolle which were all returning to the Eredivisie after the 2011–12 season. FC Twente won the title, its second Eredivisie title, and Jill Roord was the top scorer with 20 goals.
The 2016–17 season was played by eight clubs after Achilles '29 was confirmed as newcomers on 16 June 2016. Ajax won the title for the first time and Katja Snoeijs was the top scorer with 21 goals.
On 1 March 2017, Telstar announced it was being replaced by a new club called VV Alkmaar. On 10 April 2017, Excelsior Barendrecht became the ninth team for the 2017–18 season. On 21 April 2017, VV Alkmaar was officially formed.
On April 26th 2019, SC Heerenveen announced they will not take part in the 2019-20 season of the Eredivisie.
For its first three seasons (2007–08 to 2009–10), the Eredivisie was played in a quadruple round-robin with teams playing each other four times a season, twice at home and twice away. For the next two season (2010–11 and 2011–12) it was changed to a triple round-robin, teams playing each other three times (once at home, once away with the third confrontation defined by a lottery-system before the season). In 2015–16 it revert to the original quadruple round-robin used in the first three seasons. From 2016–17 the season was split in two parts, the regular season where all clubs play a triple round-robin format and the play-off where the best four teams of the regular season form a champions group and the remaining teams form a placement group, a double round-robin (one match home and one away) in each group. The points accumulated at the regular season are halved and added to the points of the play-off stage rounds.
There is no relegation from the Eredivisie, although a relegation/promotion system was planned in the long run.
The following teams are contesting the 2018–19 season.
|Team||City / Town||Venue||Debut season|
|Achilles '29||Groesbeek||Sportpark De Heikant||2016–17|
|ADO Den Haag||Den Haag||Kyocera Stadion||2007–08|
|AFC Ajax||Amsterdam||Sportpark De Toekomst||2015–16|
|VV Alkmaar||Alkmaar||Sportpark Robonsbosweg||2017–18|
|SBV Excelsior||Rotterdam||Stadion Woudestein
Sportpark de Bongerd
|SC Heerenveen||Heerenveen||Sportpark Skoatterwâld||2007–08|
|PSV||Eindhoven||Jan Louwers Stadion||2015–16|
|FC Twente||Enschede||De Grolsch Veste||2007–08|
|PEC Zwolle||Zwolle||IJsseldelta Stadion||2010–11|
Clubs performance per season.
|Team||City / Town||Seasons (no. clubs)|
|ADO Den Haag||The Hague||4th||2nd||2nd||2nd||1st||4th||4th||6th||TBD||9|
Note: Eredivisie did not took place between 2012–2015 (see BeNe League).
|Year||Winner||Runner Up||Third||No. teams||Reference|
|2007–08||AZ||Willem II||FC Utrecht||6|||
|2008–09||AZ||ADO Den Haag||Willem II||7|||
|2009–10||AZ||ADO Den Haag||Willem II||6|||
|2010–11||FC Twente||ADO Den Haag||AZ||8|||
|2011–12||ADO Den Haag||FC Twente||Telstar||7|||
|2012–2015||Not held (see BeNe League)|
|2015–16||FC Twente||Ajax||PSV Eindhoven||7|||
|2016–17||Ajax||FC Twente||PSV Eindhoven||8|||
|2017–18||Ajax||FC Twente||SC Heerenveen||9|||
|1||ADO Den Haag|
|2007–08||Karin Stevens||20||Willem II|||
|2009–10|| Sylvia Smit
Chantal de Ridder
|2010–11||Chantal de Ridder||19||AZ|||
|2011–12||Priscilla de Vos||16||Telstar|||
|2017–18||Katja Snoeijs||25||VV Alkmaar|||
From 2007 to 2012 the yearly Golden shoe (Dutch: Gouden schoen) was awarded to the best player of the Eredivisie Vrouwen. The "Vrouw & Voetbal" magazine started the competition in 2007. The winner receives a golden shoe award. In the season 2009–10 the organisation and election was taken over by "Vrouwenvoetbal Nederland" who added an award for the best goalkeeper and in the season 2010–11 an award for the best talented player was created.
|Season||Golden shoe||Best goalkeeper||Talent of the year||Elected by|
|2007–08||Femke Maes (Willem II)||Not awarded||Not awarded||Vrouw & Voetbal|
|2008–09|| Sheila van den Bulk (ADO Den Haag)
Jeanine van Dalen (ADO Den Haag)
|Vrouw & Voetbal|
|2009–10||Kim Dolstra (AZ)||Angela Christ (FC Utrecht)||VrouwenvoetbalNederland|
|2010–11||Jorike Olde Loohuis (sc Heerenveen)||Angela Christ (FC Utrecht)||Tula de Wit (FC Utrecht)||VrouwenvoetbalNederland|
|2011–12||Tessa Oudejans (FC Utrecht)||Angela Christ (FC Utrecht)||Jeslynn Kuipers (VVV-Venlo)||VrouwenvoetbalNederland|
The 2007–08 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the first season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. It took place from 29 August 2007 until 21 May 2008 with six teams participating. AZ became the first Eredivisie winners. The 60 matches of the season had a 45,695 total attendance.2008–09 Eredivisie (women)
The 2008–09 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the second season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The league took place from 21 August 2008 to 31 May 2009 with seven teams. AZ successfully defended the title and became champions for a second year running. The 84 matches of the season had a 56,365 total attendance.2009–10 Eredivisie (women)
The 2009–10 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the third season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The league took place from 1 October 2009 to 19 May 2010 with six teams. AZ successfully defended the title and became champions for a third year running. The 60 matches of the season had a 22,140 total attendance.2010–11 Eredivisie (women)
The 2010–11 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the fourth season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The league took place from 2 September 2010 to 12 May 2011 with eight teams. FC Twente became champions for the first time, breaking AZ's three-year championship hegemony. The 84 matches of the season had a 44,710 total attendance.2011–12 Eredivisie (women)
The 2011–12 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the fifth season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. After a troubled build-up, the season took place from 2 September 2011 to 18 May 2012 with seven teams.Before the start of the season, on 30 August 2011, the BeNe Super Cup was played, a match where the Dutch champion FC Twente met Belgian champion Standard Liège. Twente lost the match 4–1. In sight of the cup a memorandum was signed by the Dutch and Belgian football associations to create an inter-country top-level league (BeNe League) to start as early as 2012–13.FC Twente entered the season as reigning champions and finished as runners-up, behind ADO Den Haag. It was ADO Den Haag's first championship after finishing runners-up in the previous three seasons. The 63 matches of the season had a 44,607 total attendance.2015–16 Eredivisie (women)
The 2015–16 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the sixth season of the Netherlands women's professional football league, and the first season since 2011–12. The Eredivisie returned after a three-season period, when it was replaced by the BeNe League, which involved teams from the Netherlands and Belgium. The season took place from 21 August 2015 to 20 May 2016 with seven teams. FC Twente won its second Eredivisie title and became Dutch champions for a fourth consecutive year (including the BeNe League period).2016–17 Eredivisie (women)
The 2016–17 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the seventh season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The season took place from 2 September 2016 to 26 May 2017 with eight teams. Defending champions FC Twente finished runners-up behind Ajax, who won their first Dutch championship.2017–18 Eredivisie (women)
The 2017–18 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the eight season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The season took place from 1 September 2017 to 25 May 2018 with nine teams. Ajax started the season as defending champions.2018–19 Eredivisie (women)
The 2018–19 Eredivisie Vrouwen is the ninth season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The season takes place from 7 September 2018 to 3 May 2019 with nine teams. Ajax started the season as defending champions.ADO Den Haag Vrouwen
ADO Den Haag Vrouwen is a Dutch women's football from The Hague representing ADO Den Haag in the Vrouwen Eredivisie. Founded in 2007, it is a founding member of the championship.
In 2012 the team won its first national championship. Later they achieved the double, when they also won the KNVB Women's Cup.AFC Ajax Vrouwen
AFC Ajax Vrouwen is a Dutch women's football from Amsterdam representing AFC Ajax in the women Eredivisie. The team was founded in 2012.Ellen Jansen
Ellen Jansen (born 6 October 1992) is a Dutch female international footballer who plays for Ajax.Kika van Es
Kika van Es (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkika vɑn ˈɛs]; born 11 October 1991) is a Dutch football defender who plays for Everton in the FA WSL.Lineth Beerensteyn
Lineth Beerensteyn (born 11 October 1996) is a Dutch football forward who plays for Bayern Munich, having previously played for FC Twente.Lize Kop
Lize Kop (born 17 March 1998) is a Dutch football Goal keeper who plays for Ajax, and for the Dutch national team.She was selected for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.PSV Vrouwen
PSV Vrouwen is a Dutch women's football team from Eindhoven representing PSV in the women's Eredivisie. The team was founded in 2012 coincidentally with the establishment of the BeNe League as a joint effort between PSV Eindhoven and FC Eindhoven, and included the names of both clubs in its own, shortened as PSV/FCE. Following the dissolution of the championship after the 2014–15 season the team was registered in the Eredivisie, now just as PSV's women's team.So far its major success are three 3rd positions in both the BeNe League and the Eredivisie and two lost Cup finals.Sari van Veenendaal
Sari van Veenendaal (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsaːri vɑn ˈveːnəndaːl]; born 3 April 1990) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Atlético Madrid of Spain's Primera División and the Dutch national team. With the Netherlands, Van Veenendaal was part of the 2017 squad who won their first European Championship.Shanice van de Sanden
Shanice Janice van de Sanden (born 2 October 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais in the Division 1 Féminine. She is a member of the Netherlands national football team.Vivianne Miedema
Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑnaː mɑrɣaːˈreːtaː maːˈrinaː ˈʔɑstrɪt ˈmidəmaː]; born 15 July 1996), commonly known as Vivianne Miedema ([viviˈjɑnə]), is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the Netherlands women's national football team. She has scored more goals at international level for the Netherlands than any other player, across both the women’s and men’s teams.
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