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Saison

Regular Season:
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Format:
18 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 34 games each, over 34 game weeks.

Scoring points:
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

Table order:
1. points won; 2.* lesser number of points lost; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. away goals in hth matches; 7.** play-off; 8. draw.
* - not considered in final standings.
** - only for deciding champion, relegation, international competitions and play-offs qualification.

Qualification for UEFA competitions:
1 place: UEFA Champions League group stage
2 place: UEFA Champions League qualifiers
3 place: UEFA Europa League qualifiers
4-7 place: enter Europa League Play-off for 1 place * in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers **
8 place: possible Europa League Play-off for 1 place in UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on KNVB Beker outcome) **
* - the teams, participating in the Europa League Play-off contest 2 places in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers if KNVB Beker winner qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.
** - if the KNVB Beker winner finishes 3rd-7th, then it doesn't participate in the Europa League Play-off, and the 8th placed teams enters in the play-off instead.

Relegation from the league:
16-17 place: enter Play-offs 1/2 with 8 Eerste Divisie teams for 2 places in Eredivisie
18 place: relegated to Eerste Divisie

Promotion to the league:
1 team from Eerste Divisie
2 more teams from Eerste Divisie possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2


Europa League Play-off:
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Format:
4 teams from the Regular Season contest one or two (see above) places in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers in a knockout format.

Semi-finals:
Teams are paired according to their standings from the Regular Season:
highest placed team vs lowest placed team;
second highest placed team vs third highest placed team.
Winners are decided over two legs.
The higher placed teams from the Regular Season host the second legs.

Final:
The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming the Europa League Play-off winner.
Winner is decided over two legs.
The higher placed team from the Regular Season hosts the second leg.

Tie-breakers for the Promotional Play-off ties:
1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. away goals, 3. extra time, 4. penalties.

Qualification for UEFA competitions:
winner: UEFA Europa League qualifiers
final loser: UEFA Europa League qualifiers *
* - only in case that two places are contested in the Europa League Play-off