Vierde Divisie
Number of teams64 (4 Groups of 16)
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toDerde Divisie
Relegation toEerste Klasse
Domestic cup(s)KNVB Cup
Current: 2023–24

The Vierde Divisie, formerly known as Hoofdklasse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦoːftklɑsə]) is the second-highest league of amateur football in the Netherlands, and the fifth tier in general.


The league was divided into two sections: Saturday and Sunday. This was a result of the traditional pillarisation (Dutch: verzuiling), the segregation of Dutch society. The Saturday clubs are mainly Protestant Christian clubs, who were not allowed to play on Sunday. The Sunday clubs were in general Catholic and working class clubs, whose players had to work on Saturday and therefore could only play on Sunday. Although the pillarisation ended in the 1960s and 1970s, the clubs and the league maintained this division until 2023. The Saturday Hoofdklasse and the Sunday Hoofdklasse were divided into two leagues each from the 2016–17 to 2022–23 seasons:

The champions of the Saturday Hoofdklasse A, B and C played against each other for the national Saturday championship, just like the champions of the Sunday Hoofdklasse A, B and C faced each other for the national Sunday title until 2015. The winners of the Saturday and Sunday championships faced each other for the Hoofdklasse title until 2010, when the Topklasse decided the overall amateur champion, and in 2016 the overall championship was abolished. The transitional 2015–16 season had the period winners contest the 15th placers of the Topklasse and the 12th and 13th placers played the period winners of the 1e Klasse, all in play-offs, while the 14th and 15th placers were relegated and the Hoofdklasse contracted to four leagues of 16 clubs each (two each for Saturday and Sunday).

Since the 2016–17 season, clubs can be relegated from the Hoofdklasse to the 1e Klasse (First Class) and can be promoted from the 1e Klasse to the Hoofdklasse. The champion and playoff winners of each Hoofdklasse are promoted to the Derde Divisie (formerly Topklasse), and two to three teams from each Derde Divisie (four to six in total) are relegated to the Hoofdklasse.

Before this, it was only possible for Hoofdklasse clubs to be admitted to the Eerste Divisie after application and licensing. The last clubs to have done so are FC Omniworld (2005) and AGOVV Apeldoorn (2003).

In 2022, the KNVB made the decision to rename the competition to Vierde Divisie. That year, the separation between Saturday and Sunday football was abolished in the Vierde Divisie before the 2023–24 season. Amateur clubs are asked before the season whether they want to play their home games on Saturday or Sunday. This rule may be deviated from by principled Saturday clubs that retain the right to play on their day.[1]

Hoofdklasse champions since 1975

Season Saturday champion Sunday champion National champion
1974–75 Spijkenisse FC Emmen Spijkenisse
1975–76 IJsselmeervogels Limburgia IJsselmeervogels
1976–77 IJsselmeervogels Rheden IJsselmeervogels
1977–78 ACV Hoogeveen ACV
1978–79 DOVO Rohda Raalte Rohda Raalte
1979–80 Noordwijk Xerxes Noordwijk
1980–81 DOS Kampen RKC Waalwijk RKC Waalwijk
1981–82 IJsselmeervogels RKC Waalwijk RKC Waalwijk
1982–83 IJsselmeervogels DHC Delft IJsselmeervogels
1983–84 IJsselmeervogels Geldrop Geldrop
1984–85 Spakenburg DHC Delft Spakenburg
1985–86 ACV SV TOP ACV
1986–87 ACV Geldrop Geldrop
1987–88 DOS Kampen De Treffers DOS Kampen
1988–89 Heerjansdam RCH RCH
1989–90 Rijnsburgse Boys Geldrop Geldrop
1990–91 Quick Boys De Treffers De Treffers
1991–92 Quick Boys Rheden Quick Boys
1992–93 Katwijk Holland Katwijk
1993–94 Katwijk STEVO Katwijk
1994–95 IJsselmeervogels Holland IJsselmeervogels
1995–96 Scheveningen Baronie Scheveningen
1996–97 VVOG Baronie Baronie
1997–98 IJsselmeervogels De Treffers De Treffers
1998–99 IJsselmeervogels HSC '21 HSC '21
1999–2000 Katwijk Achilles 1894 Katwijk
2000–01 Lisse Baronie Baronie
2001–02 Huizen AGOVV AGOVV
2002–03 Huizen Türkiyemspor Huizen
2003–04 Quick Boys HSC '21 Quick Boys
2004–05 ASWH Argon ASWH
2005–06 IJsselmeervogels Türkiyemspor IJsselmeervogels
2006–07 IJsselmeervogels Argon Argon
2007–08 Lisse Hollandia Lisse
2008–09 Rijnsburgse Boys WKE WKE
2009–10 IJsselmeervogels Gemert IJsselmeervogels
2010–11 Noordwijk, GVVV, SVZW HBS Craeyenhout, UNA, HSC '21 Contested in the Topklasse
until 2016
2011–12 Jodan Boys, Scheveningen, DETO ADO '20, Gemert, Sneek Wit Zwart
2012–13 Ter Leede, Excelsior Maassluis, ONS Sneek Leonidas, UNA, Be Quick 1887
2013–14 Sparta Nijkerk, Hoek, Genemuiden Koninklijke HFC, Rosmalen, Hercules
2014–15 SteDoCo, Katwijk, DVS '33 Magreb '90, TEC, Sneek Wit Zwart
2015–16 ODIN '59, Quick Boys, Harkemase Boys Westlandia, Dongen, Juliana '31
Season Saturday champion Sunday champion
2016–17 Spijkenisse, ACV ADO '20, Blauw Geel '38
2017–18 Noordwijk, Eemdijk SJC, Oss '20
2018–19 Ter Leede, Excelsior '31 DEM, Groene Ster
2019–20 No champions[2][3]
2021–22 FC Rijnvogels, Urk TOGB, Baronie
2022–23 Kloetinge, Eemdijk Hoogeveen, Meerssen

Saturday titles since 1975

# Clubs
11 IJsselmeervogels
4 ACV, Quick Boys, Katwijk
3 Noordwijk
2 Spijkenisse, DOS Kampen, Rijnsburgse Boys, Scheveningen, Lisse, Huizen, Ter Leede, Eemdijk
1 DOVO, Spakenburg, Heerjansdam, VVOG, ASWH, GVVV, SVZW, Jodan Boys, DETO,
Excelsior Maassluis, ONS Sneek, Sparta Nijkerk, Hoek, Genemuiden,
SteDoCo, DVS '33, ODIN '59, Harkemase Boys, Excelsior '31, FC Rijnvogels, Urk, Kloetinge

Sunday titles since 1975

# Clubs
4 Baronie
3 Geldrop, De Treffers, HSC '21
2 Rheden, RKC Waalwijk, DHC Delft, Holland, Türkiyemspor, Argon, Gemert, UNA, ADO '20, Sneek Wit Zwart, Hoogeveen
1 FC Emmen, Limburgia, Rohda Raalte, Xerxes, SV TOP, RCH, STEVO, Achilles 1894,
AGOVV, Hollandia, WKE, HBS Craeyenhout, Leonidas, Be Quick 1887, Koninklijke HFC, Rosmalen,
Hercules, Magreb '90, TEC, Westlandia, Dongen, Juliana '31, Blauw Geel '38, DEM, Groene Ster, Oss '20, SJC, TOGB, Meerssen

National titles 1975–2010

By club

# Clubs
6 IJsselmeervogels
3 Geldrop, Katwijk
2 ACV, RKC Waalwijk, De Treffers, Quick Boys, Baronie
1 Spijkenisse, Rohda Raalte, Noordwijk, Spakenburg, DOS Kampen, RCH, Scheveningen,
HSC '21, AGOVV, Huizen, ASWH, Argon, Lisse WKE

By day

Day Number of titles Titles
Saturday 21 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993,
1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Sunday 15 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2001, 2002, 2007, 2009


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  2. ^ "Competities amateurvoetbal niet hervat" [Amateur competitions not resumed] (in Dutch). KNVB. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Competities senioren categorie A niet hervat" [Seniors category A competitions not resumed] (in Dutch). KNVB. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.