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Eredivisie
2020–21
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Season information
Dates 12 September 2020 – 16 May 2021
Winners Ajax (35th title)
Relegated FC Emmen
VVV-Venlo
ADO Den Haag
Domestic cup winners
KNVB Cup Ajax
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Ajax
PSV Eindhoven
Europa League AZ
Europa Conference League Vitesse
Feyenoord
Season statistics
Matches played 306
Goals scored 920
Average (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Giorgos Giakoumakis
(26 goals)
Biggest home win Rotterdam 6–0 Haag
(22 November 2020)
Feyenoord 6–0 Venlo
(6 March 2021)
Biggest away win VVV-Venlo 0–13 Ajax
(24 October 2020)
Highest scoring Venlo 0–13 Ajax
(24 October 2020)
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2021–22 → 

The 2020–21 Eredivisie was the 65th season of the Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. The season began on 12 September 2020 and concluded on 16 May 2021.

On 2 February 2021, the KNVB announced that effective immediately clubs would be allowed to make an extra substitution for suspected concussions as part of an IFAB sanctioned trial. This trial will allow teams to make up to six substitutions across four breaks in the match instead of five substitutions across three breaks in the match.

Ajax having won the title in 2018–19, are the title holders, since the 2019–20 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the title was not awarded.

Teams

A total of 18 teams are taking part in the league.

Stadiums and locations

Club Location Venue Capacity
ADO Den Haag The Hague Cars Jeans Stadion 15,000
Ajax Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena 54,990
AZ Alkmaar AFAS Stadion 17,023
Emmen Emmen De Oude Meerdijk 08,600
Feyenoord Rotterdam De Kuip 52,000
Fortuna Sittard Sittard Fortuna Sittard Stadion 10,300
Groningen Groningen Noordlease Stadion 22,550
Heerenveen Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadion 27,224
Heracles Almelo Almelo Polman Stadion 12,080
PEC Zwolle Zwolle MAC³PARK Stadion 14,000
PSV Eindhoven Eindhoven Philips Stadion 36,500
RKC Waalwijk Waalwijk Mandemakers Stadion 07,500
Sparta Rotterdam Rotterdam Het Kasteel 11,000
Twente Enschede De Grolsch Veste 30,205
Utrecht Utrecht Stadion Galgenwaard 23,750
Vitesse Arnhem GelreDome 21,248
VVV-Venlo Venlo Seacon Stadion – De Koel 08,000
Willem II Tilburg Koning Willem II Stadion 14,500

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
ADO Den Haag Flag of England Alan Pardew Flag of Netherlands Aaron Meijers Erreà Cars Jeans
Ajax Flag of Netherlands Erik ten Hag Flag of Serbia Dušan Tadić Adidas Ziggo
AZ Flag of Netherlands Arne Slot Flag of Netherlands Teun Koopmeiners Under Armour AFAS Software
Emmen Flag of Netherlands Dick Lukkien Flag of Netherlands Anco Jansen Hummel Hitachi Capital Mobility
Feyenoord Flag of Netherlands Dick Advocaat Flag of Netherlands Steven Berghuis Adidas Droomparken
Fortuna Sittard Flag of Netherlands Sjors Ultee Flag of Netherlands Wessel Dammers Masita Sparr Finance
Groningen Flag of Netherlands Danny Buijs Flag of Netherlands Mike te Wierik Puma Payt
Heerenveen Flag of Netherlands Johnny Jansen Flag of Netherlands Hicham Faik Jako Ausnutria
Heracles Almelo Flag of Germany Frank Wormuth Flag of Netherlands Robin Pröpper Acerbis Asito
PEC Zwolle Flag of Netherlands John Stegeman Flag of Netherlands Bram van Polen Craft Molecaten
PSV Eindhoven Flag of Netherlands Ernest Faber (interim) Flag of Netherlands Ibrahim Afellay Umbro Metropoolregio Brainport Eindhoven
RKC Waalwijk Flag of Netherlands Fred Grim Flag of Netherlands Kevin Vermeulen Stanno Mandemakers Keukens
Sparta Rotterdam Flag of Netherlands Henk Fraser Flag of Morocco Adil Auassar Robey D&S Groep
Twente Flag of Spain Gonzalo García García Flag of Netherlands Wout Brama Sondico Pure Energie
Utrecht Flag of Netherlands John van den Brom Flag of Netherlands Willem Janssen Nike Zorg van de zaak
Vitesse Flag of Netherlands Edward Sturing Flag of Netherlands Bryan Linssen Nike Royal Burgers' Zoo & Netherlands Open Air Museum
VVV-Venlo Flag of Netherlands Hans de Koning Flag of Netherlands Danny Post Masita Seacon Logistics
Willem II Flag of Netherlands Adrie Koster Flag of Netherlands Jordens Peters Robey Destil

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
ADO Den Haag Flag of England Alan Pardew End of contract 30 June 2020 Preseason Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Ranković 1 July 2020
Fortuna Sittard Flag of Netherlands Sjors Ultee Different role Flag of Netherlands Kevin Hofland
PSV Eindhoven Flag of Netherlands Ernest Faber (interim) End of interim spell Flag of Germany Roger Schmidt
Twente Flag of Spain Gonzalo García García End of contract Flag of Netherlands Ron Jans
Vitesse Flag of Netherlands Edward Sturing (interim) End of interim spell Flag of Germany Thomas Letsch
FC Utrecht Flag of Netherlands John van den Brom Signed by Genk 7 November 2020 8th Flag of Netherlands René Hake 7 November 2020
ADO Den Haag Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Ranković Sacked 8 November 2020 16th Flag of Netherlands Ruud Brood 10 November 2020
Fortuna Sittard Flag of Netherlands Kevin Hofland 11 November 2020 18th Flag of Netherlands Sjors Ultee 2 December 2020
AZ Flag of Netherlands Arne Slot 4 December 2020 7th Flag of Netherlands Pascal Jansen (ad int.) 4 December 2020
Willem II Flag of Netherlands Adrie Koster 26 January 2021 17th Flag of Montenegro Željko Petrović 29 January 2021
PEC Zwolle Flag of Netherlands John Stegeman 20 February 2021 13th Flag of Netherlands Lee-Roy Echteld (ad int.) 24 February 2021
Flag of Netherlands Lee-Roy Echteld (ad int.) End of interim spell 27 February 2021 12th Flag of Netherlands Bert Konterman (ad int.) 27 February 2021
VVV-Venlo Flag of Netherlands Hans de Koning Sacked 16 March 2021 15th Flag of Netherlands Jos Luhukay 17 March 2021

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ajax  (C) 34 28 4 2 102 23 +79 88 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 PSV 34 21 9 4 74 35 +39 72 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
3 AZ 34 21 8 5 75 41 +34 71 Qualification to Europa League play-off round
4 Vitesse 34 18 7 9 52 38 +14 61 Qualification to Europa Conference League third qualifying round
5 Feyenoord 34 16 11 7 64 36 +28 59 Qualification to European competition play-offs
6 Utrecht 34 13 14 7 52 41 +11 53
7 Groningen 34 14 8 12 40 37 +3 50
8 Sparta Rotterdam 34 13 8 13 49 48 +1 47
9 Heracles 34 12 8 14 42 53 −11 44
10 Twente 34 10 11 13 48 50 −2 41
11 Fortuna Sittard 34 12 5 17 50 58 −8 41
12 Heerenveen 34 9 12 13 43 49 −6 39
13 PEC Zwolle 34 9 11 14 44 53 −9 38
14 Willem II 34 8 7 19 40 68 −28 31
15 RKC Waalwijk 34 7 9 18 33 55 −22 30
16 Emmen 34 7 9 18 40 68 −28 30 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
17 VVV-Venlo 34 6 5 23 43 91 −48 23 Relegation to Eerste Divisie
18 ADO Den Haag 34 4 10 20 29 76 −47 22

Source: Eredivisie
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

Play-offs

European competition play-offs

Four teams will play for a spot in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round.

Bracket

Semifinals (19 May) Final (23 May)
                           
  1  Feyenoord 2  
4  Sparta Rotterdam 0  
  1  Feyenoord 2
  2  Utrecht 0
2  FC Utrecht 1
  3  FC Groningen 0  


Semifinals

19 May 2021 FC Utrecht 1–0 FC Groningen Utrecht  
18:45 CEST Gustafson Goal 77' Report Stadium: Galgenwaard
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Danny Makkelie
19 May 2021 Feyenoord 2–0 Sparta Rotterdam Rotterdam  
21:00 CEST Berghuis Goal 31' (pen.)
Beugelsdijk Goal 33' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: De Kuip
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis

Final

22 May 2021 Feyenoord 2–0 Utrecht Rotterdam  
20:00 CEST Sinisterra Goal 25'
Linssen Goal 90'
Report Stadium: De Kuip
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Dennis Higler

Promotion/relegation play-offs

Seven teams, six from the 2020–21 Eerste Divisie and one from the Eredivisie, will play for a spot in the 2021–22 Eredivisie. The remaining six teams will play in the 2021–22 Eerste Divisie. The highest seeded team or the team from the Eredivisie will always play at home.

Teams

Team Rank seed
Emmen 16 1
De Graafschap 3 2
Almere City 4 3
NAC Breda 5 4
Volendam 6 5
N.E.C. 7 6
Roda JC 8 7

Bracket

First round (15 May) Semifinals (20 May) Final (23 May)
         
1 Emmen 1 (3)
4 NAC Breda (p) 1 (4)
4 NAC Breda 4
5 Volendam 1
4 NAC Breda 1
6 N.E.C. 2
3 Almere City 0
6 N.E.C. 4
6 N.E.C. 3
7 Roda JC 0
2 De Graafschap 2
7 Roda JC 3

First round

15 May 2021 NAC Breda 4–1 FC Volendam Breda  
De Rooij Goal 33'
Adilehou Goal 52'
Fiorini Goal 65'
Maria Goal 86'
Report Goal 78' Mulattieri Stadium: Rat Verlegh Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Pol van Boekel
15 May 2021 De Graafschap 2–3 Roda JC Doetinchem  
Van Mieghem Goal 13'
Van de Pavert Goal 37'
Report Goal 11' Vente
Goal 72'75' Goppel
Stadium: De Vijverberg
Attendance: 0
Referee: Edwin van de Graaf
15 May 2021 Almere City FC 0–4 NEC Nijmegen Almere  
Report Goal 36'75' Okita
Goal 40' (pen.) Bruijn
Goal 70' Vet
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kevin Blom

Semifinals

20 May 2021 NEC Nijmegen 3–0 Roda JC Nijmegen  
Van Rooij Goal 5'
Janga Goal 45'+2'
Okita Goal 60'
Report Stadium: Stadion de Goffert
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jeroen Manschot
20 May 2021 FC Emmen 1–1
(3–4 pen)
NAC Breda Emmen  
Hendriks Goal 80' (o.g.) Report Immers Goal 16' Stadium: De Oude Meerdijk
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Allard Lindhout
    Penalties  
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Veendorp Missed
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Peña Missed
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Soccerball shad check.png Fiorini
Soccerball shad check.png Jansen
Missed Malone
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Final

23 May 2021 NAC Breda 1–2 N.E.C. Breda  
18:00 CEST Van Hooijdonk Goal 70' Report Goal 26' Odenthal
Goal 89' Okita
Stadium: Rat Verlegh Stadion
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Björn Kuipers

Kits

External links

Eredivisie 2020-21

ADO Den Haag · Ajax · AZ · Emmen · Feyenoord · Fortuna Sittard · Groningen · Heerenveen · Heracles · PEC Zwolle · PSV · Twente · RKC Waalwijk · Sparta Rotterdam · Utrecht · Vitesse · VVV · Willem II

Eredivisie seasons

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Domestic leagues

Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie · Tweede Divisie · Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse

Domestic cups
KNVB Cup · Johan Cruyff Shield
European competitions

Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)

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202021 in European football (UEFA)
Domestic leagues

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League cups

England · Estonia · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Kosovo · Lithuania '20 '21 · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Spain · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions
Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round, group stage, knockout phase, Final) · Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round, Champions Path, Main Path, group stage, knockout phase, Final) · Super Cup
International competitions
UEFA Euro 2021 (qualification) · 2022 FIFA World Cup (qualification) · 2020–21 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals · Final)
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