The 1890-91 season was the first in which fixtures were arranged with appropriate symmetry.
5 teams entered, drawn from Amsterdam, Den Haag, Haarlem and Rotterdam. For this reason the championship is often referred to not as a National league, but as a forerunner of the Eerste Klasse West.
Taking part were:
Koninklijke HFC (Haarlem) It is the oldest club in the Netherlands. Originally a rugby club, they switched to association in 1883 and played in the first official football match in the Netherlands in 1886
HVV Den Haag founded in 1883 as an extension of HCC (a cricket club).
RAP (Amsterdam) founded in 1887 by the members of three cricket clubs.
W Concordia (Rotterdam)
HVV Den Haag emerged as champions.
When the Eerste Klasse Oost came into being in 1897 a play off for the National championship was held between Oost champions, Vitesse (Arnhem) and West champions, RAP Amsterdam.
The final was played in front of 750 spectators at Utrecht, RAP winning 4-2