On October 1st, 1920, a new organisation called S.V.B. (Surinaamsche
Voetbalbond) was founded, the organisation still in charge of
football in Surinam. It started a league competition in spring 1921,
involving six clubs (Blauw-Wit, Excelsior, Olympia, U.D.I.,
Voorwaarts and Zwaluw) to play a double round robin, but this
was halted after four matches due to a financial conflict. A new
attempt was made in the fall of 1921, by the same six clubs, but this
competition also came to a premature end, for much the same reasons,
and the S.V.B. board resigned in December 1921.
After this double failure, two league competitions were completed under the supervision of the R.K.S.C. (Roomsch Katholiek Sport Comité) in 1922 (at the occasion of the festivities surrounding the Queen's Birthday; it involved only three clubs and lasted just one week) and 1923 (with six clubs), both won by Olympia; as the S.V.B. were not involved, these are not considered official titles.
Upon the completion of a new ground, at the Cultuurtuin, a resurrected S.V.B. finally completed a league competition in the 1923/24 season, played as a double round robin and alongside a second class competition involving five clubs. Olympia won its third successive title, but then decided to join a new federation, the K.V.B. (Katholieke Voetbalbond), founded on 10 August 1924; because of this, second class winners Transvaal, who had lost the playoff for promotion against Zwaluw, the bottom club of the top level, were promoted after all, and promptly won the 1925 league.
Until the second World War, the S.V.B. and the K.V.B. (renamed
N.G.V.B., Nederlandsch Guyana Voetbalbond, on January 1st, 1930)
organised separate leagues and friendlies with visiting teams
(in particular from Curaçao, Aruba, Demerara (British
Guiana) and Trinidad). However, only the S.V.B. obtained real
international recognition when it was granted affiliation to
the F.I.F.A. on 17 May 1929 at the congress in Madrid, five
years after the Dutch East Indies association
Afterwards, the N.G.V.B. had to settle for meetings with the B.G.F.A., the federation of British Guiana (usually referred to as Demerara), with which it contested both the Walcott Cup (1925-1938) and the Amo Amateur Cup (1929-1948).
In February 1932, a third football federation was founded in Paramaribo (then a town with about 50,000 inhabitants), the U.V.V. (Unie van Voetbal Vereenigingen). This organisation included former S.V.B. champions Ajax and Blauw-Wit-Excelsior and organised a league competition in 1932/33 won by Ajax; among the other participants was a club called N.A.K.S. – a homonymous but probably unrelated club later won the N.G.V.B. league in 1953/54 and played at the top level of the S.V.B. in the early sixties. The U.V.V. was dissolved in August 1934.
Until (long after) World War II, the league was restricted to clubs from the capital Paramaribo, but local or regional football federations were set up in other parts of the country, with Moengo, Nickerie and Coronie leading the way. The S.V.B. organised a "Championship of the Colony" between five of these district federations in Paramaribo in 1934. Moengo and Paramaribo irregularly competed for the Lewis Cup.
During the second World War football was interrupted; in 1942
the M.V.O. (Militaire Voetbal Organisatie) temporarily took over
the tasks of the S.V.B., but organised a competition with
military teams only, the
In 1944, the M.V.O. and S.V.B. merged.
The N.G.V.B. had been dissolved at the start of the war, and some of its member clubs entered the S.V.B. However, after the N.G.V.B. was refounded in July 1947, most of these joined that federation again, until the merger of S.V.B. and N.G.V.B. in 1955. The N.G.V.B., now abbreviating Nieuwe Generatie Voetbalbond, still exists as a member federation (lidbond) of the S.V.B.
At the occasion of its golden jubilee, on 3 October 1970 the S.V.B. was granted the privilege to add "Koninklĳke" to its name by Koningin Juliana, and until Suriname became independent at the end of 1975 the federation was called K.S.V.B.
Season Champions Runners-Up NB: seasons are indicated by the year they actually started and (if different) finished, as far as it has been possible to recover those dates from contemporary newspapers; these do not necessarily correspond with the official denominations of the seasons by the S.V.B.; if a result is indicated between the champions and runners-up, they finished equal on points and played off for the championship. S.V.B. (1914-1917) 1914/15 not finished S.S.B. 1919 not finished S.V.B. 1921 two competitions started, neither finished R.K.S.C. 1922 Olympia Excelsior 1923 Olympia Ajax S.V.B. 1923/24 Olympia Blauw-Wit 1925 Transvaal [*] Excelsior 1926 Ajax M.V.V. 1927 not held 1928 Ajax 1929 not finished 1930/31 Blauw-Wit-Excelsior [+] not defined 1932 Cicerone Voorwaarts 1933 Cicerone Voorwaarts 1934 Cicerone Voorwaarts 1935 Cicerone not defined 1936/37 Voorwaarts Cicerone 1937 Transvaal 3-1 Voorwaarts 1938 not held 1939/40 Arsenal not defined 1940/41 Voorwaarts 2-1 Transvaal 1941/42 not finished 1942-45 no competition 1946 M.V.V. 1947-50 M.V.V. Robinhood 1950/51 Transvaal Robinhood 1952 Voorwaarts Robinhood 1953 Robinhood M.V.V. 1954/55 Robinhood Voorwaarts 1955 S.V.B. competition abandoned after merger with N.G.V.B. 1955/56 Robinhood Voorwaarts 1956 Robinhood 1957/58 Voorwaarts Robinhood 1958 not awarded [!] 1959 Robinhood Sonny Boys 1960 annulled 1961 Leo Victor 2-1 Transvaal 1962 Transvaal Leo Victor 1963/64 Leo Victor 1-0 Robinhood 1964 Robinhood Transvaal 1965 Transvaal Robinhood 1966 Transvaal 1967 Transvaal M.V.V. 1968 Transvaal Robinhood 1969 Transvaal M.V.V. 1970 Transvaal 5-1 0-2 Robinhood K.S.V.B. 1971 Robinhood Transvaal 1972 no competition due to renovation work on Suriname stadion 1973/74 Transvaal Robinhood 1974 Transvaal Robinhood 1975/76 Robinhood Voorwaarts S.V.B. 1976/77 Robinhood Voorwaarts 1977/78 Voorwaarts 2-1 1-0 Transvaal 1978 Leo Victor 3-2 Robinhood [aet] 1979/80 Robinhood Transvaal 1980/81 Robinhood Transvaal 1981/82 Robinhood Transvaal 1982/83 Leo Victor 1-1 Robinhood [aet, 4-3 pen] 1983/84 Robinhood Transvaal 1984 Robinhood Transvaal 1985/86 Robinhood Transvaal 1986 Robinhood Paloeloe 1987/88 Robinhood Leo Victor 1988 Robinhood Transvaal 1989/90 Robinhood Transvaal 1990/91 Transvaal 0-0 Robinhood [aet, 4-3 pen] 1991/92 Transvaal Robinhood 1992/93 Leo Victor Robinhood 1993/94 Robinhood 4-3 Leo Victor 1994/95 Robinhood Corona Boys 1995/96 Transvaal Prekash 1997 Transvaal Robinhood 1998/99 S.N.L. Robinhood 1999/00 Transvaal S.N.L. 2000/01 no competition 2001/02 Voorwaarts S.N.L. 2002/03 FCS Nacional Robinhood 2003/04 Walking Bout Company Inter Moengotapoe 2004/05 Robinhood Royal'95 2005/06 Walking Bout Company Robinhood 2006/07 Inter Moengotapoe Leo Victor 2007/08 Inter Moengotapoe Robinhood 2008/09 Walking Bout Company Leo Victor 2009/10 Inter Moengotapoe Walking Bout Company 2010/11 Inter Moengotapoe Walking Bout Company 2011/12 Robinhood Inter Moengotapoe 2012/13 Inter Moengotapoe Notch 2013/14 Inter Moengotapoe Excelsior (Meerzorg) 2014/15 Inter Moengotapoe Notch 2015/16 Inter Moengotapoe Transvaal 2016/17 Inter Moengotapoe 2-1 Leo Victor 2017/18 Robinhood Notch 2018/19 Inter Moengotapoe Robinhood 2019/20 not finished 2020/21 not held 2022 Robinhood Inter Moengotapoe 2023 [*] Transvaal had won the 1924 Tweede Klasse (first ever season). [+] Blauw-Wit-Excelsior were formed on 3 Dec 1929 when Blauw-Wit and Excelsior merged. [!] Some sources credit the 1958 title to Transvaal; they were to play a championship decider replay against Robinhood which the latter refused to honour; according to contemporary papers the title was not awarded. Number of Titles (79) 25 Robinhood (Paramaribo)  17 Transvaal (Paramaribo)  10 Inter Moengotapoe (Moengo) 6 Voorwaarts (Paramaribo) 5 Leo Victor (Paramaribo) 4 Cicerone (Paramaribo)  3 Walking Bout Company (Paramaribo) 2 Ajax (Paramaribo)  M.V.V. (Paramaribo) 1 Arsenal (Paramaribo)  Blauw-Wit-Excelsior (Paramaribo) FCS Nacional (Paramaribo) Olympia (Paramaribo) [does not include 1922 and 1923 R.K.S.C. titles] S.N.L. (Paramaribo)  according to some sources, Robinhood won 26 league titles; in addition to the 25 listed above, it is claimed they won a title in 1961. This is incorrect. The 1960 league championship, in which Robinhood were sharing the lead with Leo Victor, was abandoned in August 1960 and not resumed; no title was awarded. In the 1961 season, won by Leo Victor after a championship playoff against Transvaal on Dec 29, Robinhood finished 4th.  according to some sources, Transvaal won 20 league titles; in addition to the 17 listed above, they are incorrectly credited with titles in 1938 (when no league was held), 1950 (but no league was held between 1947-50 edition won by M.V.V. in January 1950 and the 1950/51 edition which started in June 1950) and 1958 (see remark [!]).  Cicerone won their four titles in the four seasons following their promotion to the Eerste Klasse in 1931.  Ajax are sometimes credited with four consecutive titles between 1926 and 1929, but no league was played in 1927 and the 1929 season was not finished.  Arsenal are sometimes credited with two titles, in 1939 and 1940, but in fact they won only one league title, in a season which started in March 1939 and finished in April 1940.
Sources: [FIF 31], [Sam 53], [Stu 90], many Paramaribo newspapers (available through Delpher (formerly site of the Koninklĳke Bibliotheek))
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