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Belgian First Division A
2020–21
Season information
Dates 6 August 2020 – 30 May 2021
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The 2020–21 Belgian First Division A will be the 118th season of top-tier football in Belgium. As part of a proposal by the Jupiler Pro League 's board of directors accepted by the General Assembly on 15 May 2020, the 2020–21 season will involve shortened playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the top four teams will play off for the title, while teams five through eight will playoff for the remaining ticket into Europe.

Team changes

Waasland-Beveren was relegated as the team was in the last position when the 2019–20 Belgian First Division A was stopped prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their replacement is still uncertain. If OH Leuven and Beerschot manage to complete the second leg of their promotion playoff in time before the start of the season, the winner will take the spot of Waasland-Beveren; if not, Westerlo will be promoted instead.

Format change

While the regular season remains unchanged, the end of season play-offs have been shortened temporarily and for the 2020–21 season only. The title playoffs will now only be played by the top four teams (instead of six) and the Europa League play-offs will now be played by the teams finishing fifth through eight (instead of all teams finishing below 6th).

Teams

Stadiums and locations

Matricule Club Location Venue Capacity
35 Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 21,500
1 Antwerp Antwerp Bosuilstadion 12,975
12 Cercle Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
22 Charleroi Charleroi Stade du Pays de Charleroi 14,000
3 Club Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
4276 Eupen Eupen Kehrwegstadion 08,363
322 Genk Genk Luminus Arena 24,956
7 Gent Ghent Ghelamco Arena 20,000
19 Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 09,399
25 Mechelen Mechelen AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne 16,700
216 Mouscron Mouscron Stade Le Canonnier 10,571
31 Oostende Ostend Versluys Arena 08,432
373 Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden Stayen 14,600
16 Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,023
5381 Zulte Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 12,500

Personnel and kits

Club Manager Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Anderlecht Flag of Belgium Vincent Kompany and Flag of Belgium Franky Vercauteren Joma BNP Paribas Fortis
Antwerp Flag of Croatia Ivan Leko Jako Ghelamco
Cercle Brugge Flag of England Paul Clement Erima Napoleon Games
Charleroi Flag of France Karim Belhocine Kappa Proximus
Club Brugge Flag of Belgium Philippe Clement Macron Unibet
Eupen Flag of Spain Beñat San José Nike Aspire Academy
Excel Mouscron position vacant Uhlsport Star Casino
Genk Flag of Germany Hannes Wolf Nike Beobank
Gent Flag of Denmark Jess Thorup Craft Vdk bank
Kortrijk Flag of Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe Jako AGO Jobs & HR
Mechelen Flag of Belgium Wouter Vrancken Jartazi Telenet
Oostende Flag of Germany Alexander Blessin Joma DIAZ Be
Sint-Truiden Flag of Australia Kevin Muscat Umbro Golden Palace
Standard Liège Flag of France Philippe Montanier New Balance VOO
Zulte-Waregem Flag of Belgium Francky Dury Patrick Willy Naessens Group

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position Replaced by Date of appointment
Cercle Brugge Flag of Germany Bernd Storck End of contract End of 2019–20 season Pre-season Flag of England Paul Clement 3 July 2020
Antwerp Flag of Romania László Bölöni End of contract Flag of Croatia Ivan Leko 20 May 2020
Sint-Truiden Flag of Slovenia Miloš Kostić Mutual consent Flag of Australia Kevin Muscat 2 June 2020
Oostende Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Čustović Replaced Flag of Germany Alexander Blessin 7 June 2020
Standard Liège Flag of Belgium Michel Preud'homme Resigned Flag of France Philippe Montanier 10 June 2020
Excel Mouscron Flag of Germany Bernd Hollerbach Mutual consent

Regular season

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Anderlecht 0 0 0 Qualification for the Play-offs I
2 Royal Antwerp 0 0 0
3 Beerschot 0 0 0
4 Cercle Brugge 0 0 0
5 Charleroi 0 0 0 Qualification for the Play-offs II
6 Club Brugge 0 0 0
7 Eupen 0 0 0
8 Excel Mouscron 0 0 0
9 Genk 0 0 0
10 Gent 0 0 0
11 Kortrijk 0 0 0
12 Mechelen 0 0 0
13 OH Leuven 0 0 0
14 Oostende 0 0 0
15 Sint-Truiden 0 0 0
16 Standard Liège 0 0 0
17 Waasland-Beveren 0 0 0 Qualification for the Regulation Play-off
18 Zulte Waregem 0 0 0 Relegation to First Division B

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Belgian First Division A 2022–23

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