Eredivisie is one of the best international football leagues in the world but Dutch football barely gets coverage in New Zealand.
We’ll show you how to watch all Eredivisie games live and on demand.
What is Eredivisie?
The Eredivisie (‘Premier Division’, in Dutch) is the highest tier of professional men’s association football in the Netherlands and is ranked one of the strongest leagues in the world.
Founded in 1956, it was formed only two years after the introduction of professional men’s football in the Netherlands and has been the echelon of the country’s football ever since.
18 teams compete in the league each season, including high profile side Ajax, who made an unlikely run into the UEFA Champion’s League semi-finals during the 2018/2019 season, losing in dramatic fashion to England’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Eredivisie League Teams
Ajax, along with PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam are known as the “Big Three” in Dutch football, as the league has been won by one of these teams every season except for three occasions, as the 1981 and 2009 titles went to AZ and, and the 2010 title going to FC Twente. As of 2019, the Eredivisie is ranked 11th in the UEFA rankings.
The season consists of 34 games, each team playing the other twice at home and away, and the team with the highest number of points by the end of the season win the league, and with it, the Dutch national championship.
The last place finisher of the Eredivisie are automatically relegated to the Eerste Divisie, the second highest division of Dutch football, and the second and third last teams compete in a series of playoff matches against the top eight of the Eerste Divisie to determine who will play in the top division the following season.
The top two finishers of the Eredivisie qualify for the Champion’s League, first place making it to the third round of the qualifiers and second place to the second round, and third and fourth qualify for the Europa League.
The Eredivisie is a very popular league in terms of domestic attendance, particularly amongst the ‘Big Three’. During the 2018/2019 season, there was an average attendance of 18,010 throughout the league, which given the relatively small size of the Dutch population is quite high.
Ajax saw 52,987 average attendees, which was the season’s highest, and the lowest was Excelsior at just 4,223.
The 2018/2019 season began on August 10, 2018 and concluded in May the following year. The defending champions of the league were PSV Eindhoven but following a neck and neck season between the two teams, it was ultimate won by Ajax with 86 points to PSV’s 83.
The top goal scorers of the league were Dušan Tadić of Ajax and Luuk de Jong of PSV, with 28 apiece. Ajax made headlines throughout the season due to the exemplary performance of its superstar players, such as Frenkie de Jong who received Player of the Season for his world class passing, control and ability.
Frenkie de Jong was eventually sold by Ajax to Barcelona at the end of their Champions League run for a 5-year contract valued at €75m. NAC Breda finished at the bottom of the league, and were automatically relegated to the Eerste Divisie for the 2019/2020 season.
How To Watch Eredivisie In NZ
There are a few options to watch all games. If you can speak Dutch then ZiggoGo or Fox Sports Eredivisie are your best options. You’ll need a dutch VPN to access ZiggoGo.
Step 1: Get Pure VPN
After much deliberation we believe this is the best platform for live streaming Eredivisie games.
You can get started for only $2.88 per month.
Step 2: Connect To Holland or US Server
To actually watch Eredivisie correctly you’ll need to connect to a US or Dutch Server.
With thousands of servers to choose from, I recommend choosing Los Angeles or New York.
Step 3: Start Free Trial At ZiggoGo or FuboTV
All new accounts get a free 7 day trial. You can test the service out and see what you think.
Start streaming all games live or watch on demand.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.