The Eerste Divisie
(; ) is the second-highest division
in the Netherlands
. It is linked with the top-level Eredivisie
via a promotion/relegation
system. It is also known as the Jupiler League
due to sponsorship, which is the same name as the top league in Belgium
. It is now named after Jupiler
Pils; previously, it was most recently known as the Gouden Gids Divisie
after a five-year sponsorship deal with the Dutch Yellow Pages
The Eerste Divisie consists of 18 clubs, who play each other in a double round-robin league, with each club playing the other club home and away. Each club plays every other club once in the first half of the season before the league takes a winter break around the Christmas
and New Year's
holiday season. The second half of the season sees the same fixtures as the first half, with the stadiums changed, although the two halves are not played in the same order.
At the end of each season, the champion of the Eerste Divisie is automatically promoted to the Eredivisie
. Eight other clubs enter the Nacompetitie
, a promotion/relegation playoff that includes the 16th- and 17th-place clubs in the Eredivisie. The following teams qualify for the Nacompetitie:
- The club with the best record in the "first period" of the season (after 8 rounds).
- The club with the best record in the "second period" of the season (rounds 9–16).
- The club with the best record in the "third period" of the season (rounds 17–24).
- The club with......