In some ways this level of football is more interesting than the top professional leagues - the Saturday/Sunday split, the fact that some of these sides are better than the Eredivisie/Eerst Divisie teams.
I'd love to go to some of these games (especially Chabab as I feel I've 'adopted' them now!), but my mates who I go to Dutch games aren't really interested in the non-league ties.
We're currently looking at any Friday Jupiler game to go along with a Utrecht Saturday home game for a nice double-header.
Interesting that WKE are sure they will qualify (and to be fair they probably will) even though they lost to GVVV in the Cup last week.
Please don't forget we only play once at home on Saturday this season, which is soon. On September 26th versus AZ. As for the other dates we're all scheduled at Sunday which is our preference, but perhaps there will be some moves although that's not likely. We play some away games on Saturday though.
As for the non-league ties, they're really worth visiting in my opinion but you better don't pick an average game, try a derby.
When you visit a friday Jupiler League game and a Saturday-evening Eredivisie game, it's possible as well to visit a Saturday-afternoon non-league game, I did it several times already and probably before the Utrecht-AZ match I'll visit SDC Putten - IJsselmeervogels which will surely attract over 1500 spectators.
As for Chabab, don't expect large crowds but perhaps one of the derbies they'll play versus AFC will attract a respectable crowd.
In short, some non-league matches worth visiting are:
Top in my opinion
- IJsselmeervogels-Spakenburg v.v. (7-8000 crowd)
- Quick Boys - Katwijk v.v (5000 crowd)
- Quick Boys - Rijnsburgse Boys (5000 crowd in Rijnsburg)
- De Treffers - Achilles'29 v.v. (expect between 2 and 3000)
- All Bollenstreek-derby's including Quick Boys, Katwijk, Noordwijk, Ter Leede, Rijnsburgse Boys and FC Lisse
- Excelsior'31 - HHC Hardenberg (derby in the east)
- Berkum - Be Quick'28 (both from Zwolle)
- DOVO - GVVV v.v. (both from Veenendaal)
- Gemert - UDI'19 (in Brabant, usually about 2-3000)
There are much more 'combinations' but you'll never know how much people turn up, although Saturday football is much more popular than Sunday football, although Sunday football have the most nostalgic grounds, but for example IJsselmeervogels and Spakenburg have real modern stadiums.
Some impressions of non-league matches I visited over the past seasons for those interested, if you don't want to see the stadiums and want to keep it as a 'surprise' don't click
22-09-2007 - Katwijk - Quick Boys
26-04-2008 - Go Ahead Kampen - DOS Kampen
(2500, DOS are one level lower nowadays)
12-05-2008 - Achilles'29 - De Treffers
(4000, title decider in the Groesbeek derby, completely sold out)
24-05-2008 - HHC Hardenberg - Spakenburg
06-09-2008 - Germania - De Treffers
(2500, Groesbeek-derby, Germania are one level lower nowadays)
13-09-2008 - Sparta Nijkerk - IJsselmeervogels
20-09-2008 - Noordwijk - Quick Boys
27-09-2008 - Excelsior'31 - HHC Hardenberg
13-12-2008 - Spakenburg - IJsselmeervogels
28-02-2009 - WHC - Staphorst
28-02-2009 - Flevo Boys - Harkemase Boys
14-03-2009 - Staphorst - SC Genemuiden
14-03-2009 - Be Quick'28 - Berkum
04-04-2009 - DOVO - GVVV
18-04-2009 - Geinoord - IJsselmeervogels
(2500, VVIJV won the title)
30-04-2009 - Quick'20 - FC Lienden
(1250, on Queensday)
16-05-2009 - Rijnsburgse Boys - IJsselmeervogels
21-05-2009 - Baronie - WKE
20-06-2009 - WKE - Rijnsburgse Boys
(4000, all-amateur final, the most exciting match I ever saw in my life)
As you can see I'm getting more and more interested, hehe
, the match for the all-amateur final last season is one I'll never forget, the impossible happened three or four times that match, unbelievable...