Amsterdamsche Football Club Door Wilskracht Sterk (English: Amsterdam Football Club Strong Through Willpower), also referred to as AFC DWS, Door Wilskracht Sterk or simply DWS, is a Dutch football club from Amsterdam, currently competing in the Vierde Klasse (English: Fourth Class), the sixth tier of amateur football in the Netherlands.[1]

Full nameDoor Wilskracht Sterk
Founded11 October 1907 (as Fortuna)
22 March 1909 (as DWS)
LeagueTweede Klasse (Sunday)
WebsiteClub website


AFC DWS was founded on 11 October 1907, by the trio of Robert Beijerbacht, Theo Beijerbacht and Jan van Galen under the name of Fortuna which was soon changed to Hercules.[2] The team played in a blue and white striped shirt and white shorts. On 22 March 1909 the name was changed to DWS and the shirt colours became blue and black vertical stripes.[3]

In 1954 the club entered professional football, playing its home matches in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. DWS became champions of the Eredivisie in 1964, the same year they were promoted from the Eerste Divisie, which is a feat that has never been repeated since from any team after being promoted to the Eredivisie.[4][5] DWS then reached the quarter finals of the 1964–65 European Cup, in the next season. Their 1964 triumph is the most recent occasion of a club without a predominantly red and white home strip (unlike recent contenders Ajax, AZ, Feyenoord, PSV and Twente) winning the Eredivisie title, a drought of 55 years.

In 1972 the club merged with Blauw-Wit Amsterdam and Volewijckers to form FC Amsterdam. DWS continued as an amateur club, which still exists today. They celebrated their 100 year Jubilee in 2007.[6]

Professional football results 1954 – 1972

10 B
2 A
15 A
11 A
Eerste divisie
Eerste Klasse 54/55-55/56
  • 1954 – 1958: DWS
  • 1958 – 1962: DWS/A
  • 1962 – 1972: DWS

DWS in Europe

Season Competition Round Country Club Score UCP (1)
1964/65 International Football Cup Group stage   Switzerland FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 1–2, 1–0 0.0
 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 4–0, 0–2
 Belgium FC Beringen 5–0, 3–2
First Round never played (2)
Quarterfinals  Belgium RFC de Liège never played (3)
1964/65 Europacup I Qualification  Turkey Fenerbahçe SK 3–1, 1–0 10.0
Round of 16  Norway SFK Lyn Oslo 5–0, 3–1
Quarterfinals  Hungary Vasas ETO Győr 1–1, 0–1
1966/67 International Football Cup Group stage  Italy Atalanta Bergamo 1–0, 1–0 0.0
  Switzerland FC Grenchen 4–2, 5–3
 France RC Strasbourg 4–1, 2–1
Quarterfinals  Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec 2–2, 0–3
1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round  England Leeds United 1–3, 1–5 0.0
1967/68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round  Scotland Dundee 2–1, 0–3 2.0
1968/69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round  Belgium Beerschot VAV 1–1, 2–1 5.0
Second round  England Chelsea 0–0, 0–0 (k)
Round of 16  Scotland Rangers 0–2, 1–2
(1) UCP = UEFA Co-efficiency points. Total number of points for UEFA Coefficient: 17.0
(2) DWS skipped this round, since they were still active in the Europacup I
(3) DWS are eliminated from the tournament since they are still active in the Europacup I



  1. "AFC DWS Profile". Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  2. Door Wilskracht Sterk – Official website Archived March 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch)
  3. "DWS AFC (Door Wilskracht Sterk) Profile". Hollandse Velden. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  4. Patrick Reilly (21 September 2010). "Top 10 Promoted Teams Who Stunned Their Top League". Goal. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. Karel Stokkermans (17 June 2018). "English Energy and Nordic Nonsense". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. "Voetbalclub AFC DWS uit Amsterdam, Noord-Holland". Vierde Helft. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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