Dutch Eredivisie pr the Eredivisie is the top-flight of professional football in the Netherlands. "Honour Division" or "Premier Division" is called Dutch pronunciation. The league was established in 1956, two years after the beginning of professional football in the Netherlands.
Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) is the organizing body of this tournament. It is considered one of the famous European leagues and is widely remarked as one of the better leagues in the world. In the 2020–21 season is ranked the 7th best professional domestic league in European competitions by UEFA.
From its inception in 1898 to 1954, the Dutch national football championship winner was decided through a play-offs system by several clubs, who had previously won regional league titles. Most of the Dutch professional players went abroad, mainly in the French League, after the disaster of 1953.
And those abroad players arranged a match with the French national team in Paris and won by 2-1. Though that match was refused by the KNVB, after winning the games, an interest in reform of professional football league was growing.
The league was founded in the 1954-55 season. KNVB met with the amateur club chairman on 3 July 1954, which led to the Association reluctantly approving semi-professionalism.
At the same time, KNVB and the NBVB started their separate competition. But after a merging and discussion, the new league accepted by the NBVBand KNVB stopped the regional league system.
And finally, in the 1956-57 season, the Eredivisie was established as the top level professional football competition of Netharland. The inaugural participants of the Eredivisie in 1956 were Ajax, BVV, DOS, EVV, BVC, Elinkwijk, Feijenoord, Fortuna '54, SC Enschede, GVAV, MVV, NAC, NOAD, PSV, VVV '03, Willem II, Rapid J.C, and Sparta.
The Eredivisie consists of a total of 18 clubs. Each team meets every other club twice during the regular season, once at home and once at away. At the end of a regular season, the two teams at the bottom are automatically relegated to the second division of the Dutch professional league system, the Eerste Divisie or First Division.
At the same time, the champion and runner-up of the Eerste Divisie are automatically promoted to the Eredivisie. The team finishing third from the bottom of the end of the Eredivisie goes to separate promotion or relegation play-offs with eight high-placed teams from the Eerste Divisie.
Ajax was the first club to claim the title of the inaugural season. Ajax won the championship a maximum number of 35 times and was runners-up 23 times. A total of 29 clubs won the title from its inception to till now.
Beside of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven (24), Feyenoord (15), Feyenoord (10), Sparta Rotterdam (6), RAP (5), Go Ahead Eagles (4) has won the titles. There are three teams won the title three times each, they are Koninklijke HFC , Willem II, and HBS Craeyenhout.
And four teams grabbed it two times each; they are AZ, Heracles Almelo, ADO Den Haag, and RCH. There are also 15 teams who won the title at least once.
Pim Doesburg played record 687 appearances in Dutch Eredivisie, followed by Jan Jongbloed (684). Willy van der Kuijlen scored record 311 goals in this competition, followed by Ruud Geels (266).
For the extreme fans of Dutch Eredivisie, we have gathered the official television broadcaster and original live streaming service provider via digital platforms.
Only ESPN has the official contract to broadcast all matches live inside Netherland and highlights available on NOS. ESPN also provides Dutch Eredivisie in Brazil, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa, while ESPN+ in the United States and Puerto Rico.
You can watch it on Setanta Sport in Central Asia, Estonia, Georgia, and Eastern Europe while Sport Klub in Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Fans can enjoy live coverage of Dutch Eredivisie on Arena Sports in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; Mola in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and San Marino; SuperSport in Albania, Kosovo and Astro SuperSport in Brunei, Malaysia.
Viewers can enjoy the media coverage of Dutch Eredivisie on Hulu (Japan), Eurosport (Indian Sub-Continent), Play Sports (Belgium), Max Sport (Bulgaria), Cytavsion Sports (Cyprus), TV3 Sport (Denmark), and Viasat Sport (Finland, Norway, Sweden).
Watchers also see live matches through Canal+ (France), Nova Sports (Greece), Sportdigital (Liechtenstein, Luxembourg), DAZN (Austria, Germany), Polsat Sport (Poland), Sports TV (Portugal), Look Sport (Romania), and S Sport (Turkey).
Dutch Eredivisie fans and supporters are able to enjoy the full media coverage, including live matches and highlights on the stream online via numerous streaming sites through smart devices.
Before presenting the name of those streaming sites, we want to notice that the following streaming sites require a minimum cost to provide exclusive live streaming services.
Since its inception, Eredivisie has built up a worldwide reputation as one of the more respected and most entertaining football leagues to watch. With many fans who love watching football and a nation full of football fanatics, it has been looked at as a famous league for talented youth to come and make a name for themselves and take the next step in their careers.