Alphense Boys (Alphen a/d Rijn)
SC Feyenoord (Rotterdam)
Koninklijke HFC (Haarlem)
de Zouaven (Grootebroek)
Hard to say what's going to happen here. No team relegated from Topklasse which means there will certainly enter a new team to Topklasse next season. Who's that going to be? The Moroccans from Chabab? Finally a traditional team like Elinkwijk or ADO'20?
Purmersteijn and RKAVV start with their first ever Hoofdklasse season just as the Koninklijke HFC, known from the traditional new years game versus the old international players.
My second Dutch team Chabab choked right at the end of the season and didn’t make it through the playoffs but they should be good enough to be near the top again, Feyenoord Sport Club could be one to watch this season, along with promoted RKAVV – RKVV and ADO’20 might also mount a challenge too.
At the bottom Purmersteijn, Koninklijke HFC Nieuwenhoorn could all suffer, with AFC’34 and Leonides possibly getting sucked into a relegation battle too.
rank / teams / points
76 Feyenoord SC (am) 713.3
84 fc Chabab Amsterdam 708.8
98 RKVV Westlandia Naaldwijk 700.8
110 ADO 20 Heemskerk 696.8
114 RKAVV Leidschendam (P) 693.1
117 Alphense Boys Alphen aan de Rijn 692.2
123 USV Elinkwijk Utrecht 690.7
125 De Zouaven Grootebroek 690.3
140 DHC Delft 683.7
145 RKSV Leonidas Rotterdam 681.6
148 AFC '34 Alkmaar 681.2
154 Nieuwenhoorn Hellevoetsluis 678.1
170 Koninklijke HFC Haarlem (P) 670.2
181 Purmersteijn Purmerend 666.3
De Valk (Valkenswaard)
Dijkse Boys (Helmond)
Groene Ster (Heerlerheide)
Three teams relegated directly from Topklasse last season, and all they came from area 'Zuid 2'. That means they're all put together into this Hoofdklasse, as two teams from C promoted last season, there was a problem, two teams had to leave B for C. In the end it were Juliana'31 and UDI. Especially in Uden they're angry now as the travel distances almost doubled and they loose two great derbies versus Gemert and Blauw-Geel and a few smaller derbies.
The biggest favourites? I don't know. I haven't got a clue what Dijkse Boys is going to do, direct relegation? Or fighting for the title? Gemert should be able to fight for the title with Baronie.
Groene Ster and Nuenen are new and both former Hoofdklasse teams, although Nuenen just for one season.
Do three sides relegated from the Topklasse make this the “Hoofdklasse of Death”?
Both Baronie and Gemert are probably better than their ranking suggests and both should start to add to their points by beating these easier teams. Venray and Blauw Geel could both challenge and Groene Star’s results in the Eerst Klasse last season mark them out as potential dark horses too.
Dijkse Boys lost plenty of ranking points after pulling out midway through last season, but they should have enough to steer clear of the bottom, so we’d have to tip promoted Nuenen, DESK, OJC and Meersen as teams that might struggle.
rank / teams / points
71 Venray SV 716.9
72 Blauw Geel '38-Otter-Westela Veghel 715.5
74 Gemert (R) 714.1
78 Groene Ster Heerlerheide (P) 712.3
87 Dongen 707.7
90 SV Deurne 707.1
101 Baronie Breda (R) 700.2
103 EHC Hoensbroek 698.9
111 De Valk Valkenswaard 694.3
115 SV Meersen 693.1
141 OJC Rosmalen 683.4
151 DESK Kaatsheuvel 679.9
155 RKSV Nuenen (P) 678.1
168 Dijkse Boys Helmond (R) 670.8
Be Quick 1887 (Groningen/Haren)
NEC amateurs (Nijmegen)
So they'll be angry in Uden, the journey's to Nijmegen, Babberich, Huissen and Malden are acceptable, but for the rest it's horrible for them.
Big favourite is Be Quick 1887, they were fighting for the title last season with WKE and HSC'21, as they both went up and no one returned from Topklasse they're the big favourite.
With Longa'30 there's finally a team from 'de Achterhoek' represented at Hoofdklasse level, I think it's the first one ever although not sure.
Two of the best teams at this level managed to get promoted, so this has left Zondag C a little lighter on quality – but it’s still the second best Hoofdklasse, and it has the second largest gap from top to bottom.
Despite being in the relegation playoffs Sneek Wit Zwart were in great form at the end and should challenge, ROHDA and the Nijmegen amateurs should all do well, but it’s Be Quick 1887 that look big favourites here.
MSC-Antaris, Hoogeveen, RKHVV and newly promoted DIO might be struggling to stay up, but Rigtersbleek’s escape in the playoffs might help them to mid-table obscurity
rank / teams / points
60 Be Quick 1887 Haren 732.1
79 ROHDA Raalte 712.2
91 Sneek Wit Zwart 707.0
92 NEC Nijmegen II 706.6
94 UDI '19-Beter Bed Uden 704.4
96 Alcides Meppel 703.4
105 Juliana '31 Malden 698.6
118 LONGA '30 Lichtenvoorde (P) 691.7
120 RKSV Babberich 691.2
122 Rigtersbleek Enschede 690.9
124 RKHVV Huissen 690.7
126 DIO Groningen (P) 690.2
146 Hoogeveen 681.4
149 MSC-Antaris Meppel 680.8
EERSTE KLASSE tips for top and bottom to follow sometime soon…