1940–41 Netherlands Football League Championship

The Netherlands Football League Championship 1940–1941 was contested by 52 teams participating in five divisions. The national champion would be determined by a play-off featuring the winners of the eastern, northern, southern and two western football divisions of the Netherlands. Heracles won its second championship this year by beating PSV Eindhoven, ADO Den Haag, Be Quick 1887 and VSV.

Netherl. Football Championship
Season1940–1941
ChampionsHeracles (2nd title)

Divisions

Eerste Klasse East

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1Heracles1813415312+4130Qualified for Championship play-off.
2NEC Nijmegen1811435228+2426
3HVV Tubantia189544433+1123
4SC Enschede189453729+822
5Enschedese Boys1871103143-1215
6FC Wageningen1862103648-1214
7Quick Nijmegen185492434-1014
8HVV Hengelo1861113756-1913
9AGOVV Apeldoorn1861112141-2013
10Go Ahead1850132738-1110Relegated to 2nd Division.

Eerste Klasse North

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1Be Quick 18871913424722+2530Qualified for Championship play-off.
2HSC1912434327+1628
3Velocitas 18971812243628+826
4VV Leeuwarden1810174627+1921
5sc Heerenveen187565249+319
6GVAV Rapiditas187473522+1318
7Achilles 1894183694457-1312
8Sneek Wit Zwart184591832-14112 points deducted.
9Veendam1824122754-278
10WVV Winschoten1831143262-307Relegated to 2nd Division.

Eerste Klasse South

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1PSV Eindhoven2215346327+3633Qualified for Championship play-off.
2LONGA2213455231+2130
3Juliana2212556737+3029Changed name to Spekholzerheide [1]
4NAC2210664537+826
5MVV Maastricht228683739-222
6BVV Den Bosch228593441-1021
7FC Eindhoven2284104745+220
8NOAD2292114052-1220
9Willem II2274113742-518
10HVV Helmond2264122953-2416
11RFC Roermond2247113270-3815
12Limburgia2254133241-914Relegated to 2nd Division.

[1] Juliana, named after the princess who was staying in England and Canada during the war, were forced to change the name into Spekholzerheide in order to discourage any resistance against the occupation.
Apparently, this rule only applied to clubs named after living members of the house of Oranje, as Willem II was allowed to keep its name (but second level Wilhelmina from Den Bosch were renamed De Kanaries).

Eerste Klasse West-I

Moving in from Division West-II: CVV Rotterdam, HBS Craeyenhout, RFC Rotterdam, VUC Den Haag and Xerxes.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1VSV1814226127+3430Qualified for Championship play-off [West-II]
2AFC Ajax188645331+2222
3HFC Haarlem1810264232+1022[West-II]
4DOS189365648+821
5VUC187475055-518
6Blauw-Wit Amsterdam186573429+517[West-II]
7Xerxes186394250-815
8HBS Craeyenhout185494350-714[West-II]
9RFC Rotterdam185493246-1414[West-II]
10CVV Mercurius1823132267-457Relegated to 2nd Division.

[West-II] Team moving to Division West-II next season.

Eerste Klasse West-II

Moving in from Division West-I: ADO Den haag, DWS, 't Gooi, KFC and Stormvogels

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1ADO Den Haag2011815332+2130Qualified for Championship play-off [West-I]
2DHC Delft2011635034+1628
3DWS188462627-120[West-I]
4Sparta Rotterdam188374438+619
5DFC187563934+519[West-I]
6Feijenoord188373435-119[West-I]
7Hermes DVS186664234+818
8Stormvogels1853102737-1013[West-I]
9HVV 't Gooi1826102439-1510
10KFC1832132655-298Relegated to 2nd Division.

[West-I] Team moving to Division West-I next season.

Championship play-off

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1Heracles8611279+1813
2PSV Eindhoven83321216-49
3ADO Den Haag82331316-37
4Be Quick 18878224919-106
5VSV81341213-15

References

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