The regular season is a double round-robin tournament played between August and May, with an interruption of 3 weeks in the winter. It is divided into three blocks: the first 10 rounds of matches, the next 12, and the final 12. The winner of the overall regular season is promoted to the first division. The teams with the best record in each of the 3 blocks go into the play-offs, together with the second-last team in the first division. The play-offs are also a double round-robin, with the winner earning a place in the first division.
The standings, for both the regular season and the 3 blocks, are determined by the following criteria, in order:
A team cannot play in the first division unless it has a professional license. If it does not have its license, it is replaced if possible, by the next highest team in the overall regular seaon rankings. For the automatic promotion spot (as opposed to the play-offs) the team must have finished in the top three clubs. When no team meets those conditions, the number of teams in the first division decreases.
The two lowest-placed teams go to the third division (which is divided into 2 leagues of 16 clubs), while the two champions of that division are promoted to the second division. Furthermore, the 16th-placed team plays the third division playoff with 6 teams from the third division but it enters the competition on its second round. The winner of this playoff stays or promotes to second division.
|Club name||City||Last season position|
|Royal Antwerp FC||Antwerp||5th|
|R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne||Charleroi||11th|
|K.F.C. V.W. Hamme||Hamme||8th|
|R.F.C. de Liège||Liège||1st (in the Belgian Third Division B)|
|K. Lierse S.K.||Lier||7th|
|K.V.S.K. United Overpelt-Lommel||Lommel||4th|
|K.S.K. Ronse||Ronse||1st (in the Belgian Third Division A)|
|FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek||Sint-Jans-Molenbeek||18th (in the Belgian First Division)|
|K.V. Red Star Waasland||Sint-Niklaas||14th|
|K. Sint-Truidense V.V.||Sint-Truiden||17th (in the Belgian First Division)|