|Date||R||Home vs Away||-|
|01/22 17:45||20||Vitesse vs FC Groningen||View|
|01/22 19:00||20||AZ vs Cambuur Leeuwarden||View|
|01/22 19:00||20||Heerenveen vs PEC Zwolle||View|
|01/22 20:00||20||Willem II vs FC Twente||View|
|01/23 11:15||20||NEC vs Feyenoord||View|
|01/23 13:30||20||Heracles vs Go Ahead Eagles||View|
|01/23 13:30||20||PSV vs Ajax||View|
|01/23 15:45||20||Sparta Rotterdam vs FC Utrecht||View|
|01/23 19:00||20||RKC vs Fortuna Sittard||View|
|02/05 15:30||21||FC Utrecht vs Cambuur Leeuwarden||View|
|02/05 17:45||21||Fortuna Sittard vs Heerenveen||View|
|02/05 19:00||21||PEC Zwolle vs NEC||View|
|Date||R||Home vs Away||-|
|01/16 15:45||19|| Fortuna Sittard vs AZ ||1-2|
|01/16 13:30||19|| FC Groningen vs PSV ||0-1|
|01/16 13:30||19|| Cambuur Leeuwarden vs Sparta Rotterdam ||1-1|
|01/16 11:15||19|| FC Utrecht vs Ajax ||0-3|
|01/15 20:00||19|| Go Ahead Eagles vs RKC ||0-2|
|01/15 19:00||19|| FC Twente vs Heerenveen ||2-0|
|01/15 19:00||19|| Feyenoord vs Vitesse ||0-1|
|01/15 17:45||19|| NEC vs Heracles ||0-0|
|01/14 19:00||19|| PEC Zwolle vs Willem II ||2-0|
|12/23 20:00||18|| Sparta Rotterdam vs RKC ||1-1|
|12/23 17:45||18|| PSV vs Go Ahead Eagles ||2-0|
|12/22 20:00||18|| Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard ||5-0|
The Eredivisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːrədivizi]; "Honour Division" or "Premier Division") is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. The league was founded in 1956, two years after the start of professional football in the Netherlands. It is considered one of the best European leagues and widely regarded as one of the better leagues in the world. As of the 2020–21 season, it is ranked the 7th best league in Europe by UEFA.
The Eredivisie consists of 18 clubs. Each club meets every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of each season, the two clubs at the bottom are automatically relegated to the second level of the Dutch league system, the Eerste Divisie (First Division), while the champion and runner-up of the Eerste Divisie are automatically promoted to the Eredivisie. The club finishing third from the bottom of the bottom of the Eredivisie goes to separate promotion/relegation play-offs with eight high-placed clubs from the Eerste Divisie.
The winner of the Eredivisie claims the Dutch national championship. Ajax has won the most titles, with 35 national titles. PSV Eindhoven are next with 24, and Feyenoord follow with 15. Since 1965, these three clubs have won all but three Eredivisie titles (the 1981 and 2009 titles went to AZ and FC Twente won the 2010 title). Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are known as the "Big Three" or "Traditional Top Three" of Dutch football. They are the only clubs in their current forms to have never been relegated out of the Eredivisie since its formation. A fourth club, FC Utrecht, is the product of a 1970 merger between three of that city's clubs, one of which, VV DOS, had also never been relegated out of the Eredivisie.
From 1990 to 1999, the official name of the league was PTT Telecompetitie (after the sponsor, PTT Telecom), which was changed to KPN Telecompetitie (because PTT Telecom changed its name to KPN Telecom in 1999) and to KPN Eredivisie in 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the league was called the Holland Casino Eredivisie. Since the 2005–06 season, the league has been sponsored by the Sponsorloterij (lottery), but for legal reasons its name could not be attached to the league (the Dutch government was against the name, because the Eredivisie would, after Holland Casino's sponsorship, yet again be sponsored by a company providing games of chance). On 8 August 2012 it was made public that tycoon Rupert Murdoch had secured the rights to the Eredivisie for 12 years at the expense of 1 billion euros, beginning in the 2013–14 season. Within this deal the five largest Eredivisie clubs should receive 5 million euros per year for the duration of the contract. In 2020, the Eredivisie was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the foundation of the Dutch national football championship in 1898 until 1954, the title was decided through play-offs by a handful of clubs who had previously won their regional league. The competition was purely an amateur one; the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) rejected any form of payment and suspended players who were caught receiving salary or transfer fees. The call for professional football grew in the early fifties after many national team members left to play abroad in search for financial benefits. The KNVB would usually suspend these players, preventing them from appearing for the Dutch national team. After the North Sea flood of 1953, the Dutch players abroad (mainly playing in the French league) organised a charity match against the French national team in Paris. The match was boycotted by the KNVB, but after the assembled Dutch players defeated the French (2–1), the Dutch public witnessed the heights that could be achieved through professional football. To serve the growing interest, a dissident professional football association (the NBVB) and league were founded for the 1954–55 season. On 3 July 1954, the KNVB met with a group of concerned amateur club chairmen, who feared the best players would join the professional teams. The meeting, dubbed the slaapkamerconferentie ('bedroom conference'), led to the Association reluctantly accepting semi-professionalism.
Meanwhile, both the KNVB and the NBVB started their separate competition. The first professional football match was contested between Alkmaar and Venlo. The leagues went on for eleven rounds, before a merger was negotiated between the two federations in November. Both leagues were cancelled and a new, combined competition emerged immediately. De Graafschap, Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Fortuna '54 from the NBVB were accepted to the new league. Other clubs merged, which led to new names like Rapid J.C., Holland Sport and Roda Sport. The first (semi-)professional league was won by Willem II. For the 1956–57 season, the KNVB abandoned the regional league system. The Eredivisie was founded, in which the eighteen best clubs nationwide directly played for the league title without play-offs. The inaugural members of the Eredivisie in 1956 were Ajax, BVC, BVV, DOS, EVV, Elinkwijk, SC Enschede, Feijenoord, Fortuna '54, GVAV, MVV, NAC, NOAD, PSV, Rapid J.C., Sparta, VVV '03 and Willem II. Ajax was the first team to claim the title that season.