Royal Dutch Football Association

The Royal Dutch Football Association (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond, pronounced [ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˌneːdərlɑntsə ˈvudbɑlbɔnt], or KNVB [ˌkaːʔɛnveːˈbeː]) is the governing body of football in Netherlands. It organises the main Dutch football leagues (Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie), the amateur leagues, the KNVB Cup, and the Dutch men's and women's national teams.

For three seasons in the 2010s, the KNVB and its Belgian counterpart operated a joint top-level women's league, the BeNe League, until the two countries dissolved the league after the 2014–15 season and reestablished their own top-level leagues. The KNVB is based in the central municipality of Zeist. With over 1.2 million members the KNVB is the single largest sports association in the Netherlands.[1]

Royal Dutch Football Association
UEFA
Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo
Founded8 December 1889
HeadquartersZeist, Netherlands
FIFA affiliation21 May 1904
UEFA affiliation15 June 1954
BeNe League affiliation5 May 2012 – 5 May 2015
PresidentJust Spee
Website

History

In 1889, the Nederlandsche Voetbal en Athletiek Bond was founded. Due to certain disagreements several football clubs ended their association with it and together to form Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond (KBVB) which was later renamed to present name.[2] It was one of the founding members of FIFA in 1904 and one of the first non-British football association in Europe.[3] The first Dutch football club was formed in 1879 in Haarlem.[4] The Netherlands Football League Championship had already existed for a decade unofficially when the association was founded. The KNVB strongly disapproved the professionalism of football in 1909. It said that "it will protest against it by all means necessary."[5] In 2012 KNVB launched an 11-point action plan, called 'Football for Everyone' to promote gay football players in coming out. It released a 30-second video named 'Gay? It doesn't matter'; prepared by broadcaster BNN. The video was also broadcast during the Dutch national football's teams World Cup qualifier match against Andorra held in October 2012.[6]

During the FIFA World Cup 2014, it collaborated with Royal Philips to open six football clinics across Brazil. Bert van Oostveen is the current Secretary-General of KNVB.[1]

Management

Senior management Title/Leagues Term of office
Just Spee
National football team Since
27 August 2008
No free portrait Bert van Oostveen
(born 1970)
National football team Since
1 May 2012
Eric Gudde
(born 1954)
Technical Director National football team · Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 November 2017
Board of directors – Professional Leagues Title/Leagues Term of office
No free portrait Gijs de Jong
(born 1972)
Chief operating officer Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
30 June 2016
(Acting)
No free portrait Jean-Paul Decossaux
(born 1963)
Chief commercial officer Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 December 2009
No free portrait Ron Francis
(born 1978)
Financial Director Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 July 2010
No free portrait Mark Boetekees
(born 1973)
Chief administrative officer Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 April 2010
Board of directors – Amateur Leagues Title/Leagues Term of office
No free portrait Jan Dirk van der Zee
(born 1971)
Operations Director Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 April 2015
No free image - woman Meta Römers
(born 1970)
Administrative Director Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 January 2016
Supervisory board – Professional Leagues Title/Leagues Term of office
No free portrait Simon Kelder
(born 1944)
Senior Member Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
4 June 2012
No free portrait Erik Mulder
(born 1967)
Member Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 November 2016
Supervisory board – Amateur Leagues Title/Leagues Term of office
Pier Eringa Pier Eringa
(born 1961)
Chairman Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 December 2014
No free portrait Huub Wieleman
(born 1955)
Member Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 December 2014
No free image - woman Tjienta van Pelt
(born 1970)
Member Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 June 2016
No free portrait Jos Vranken
(born 1967)
Member Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 December 2014
No free portrait Albert van Wijk
(born 1962)
Member Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 December 2014
Source: ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) KNVB.nl

Current sponsorships

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Philips partners with the Royal Dutch Football Association to kick- off a series of football clinics across Brazil". Philips Newscenter. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  2. ^ Sean Hamil; Simon Chadwick (2010). Managing Football: An International Perspective. Routledge. p. 411. ISBN 978-1-85617-544-9.
  3. ^ David Laine. Facts About Association Football - History Timeline. Lulu.com. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4716-1231-2.
  4. ^ John Nauright; Charles Parrish (2012). Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. ABC-CLIO. p. 239. ISBN 978-1-59884-300-2.
  5. ^ Jacco van Uden (2004). Organisation and Complexity: Using Complexity Science to Theorise Organisational Aliveness. Universal-Publishers. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-58112-222-0.
  6. ^ Comiteau, Lauren (12 October 2012). "Out of the closet and on to the pitch". Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

External links

BeNe League

The BeNe League was the highest women's football league in Belgium and the Netherlands. To increase competitiveness in their national leagues, the BeNe League was a joint cooperation between the Royal Belgian Football Association and the Royal Dutch Football Association. Its first season was played in 2012–13 following the successful cooperation with the one match BeNe Super Cup, that paired both countries' national champions. The competition qualified the highest-placed Belgian and Dutch teams to the UEFA Women's Champions League.After three seasons the league was discontinued and both nations returned to their own top-level leagues.

Danny Makkelie

Danny Desmond Makkelie (born 28 January 1983) is a Dutch football referee. He has been a FIFA listed referee since 2011 and took charge of the final of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship as a UEFA Elite referee.A former police officer in South Holland, he has worked full time for the Royal Dutch Football Association since 2010. He was selected to take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup as a video assistant referee, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final

He made the controversial call as the Video Assistant Referee to retake the PK in the 2019 Women’s World Cup for both France-Nigeria Match and the Jamaica-Italy Match.[1] [2]

Derde Divisie

The Derde Divisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɛrdə diˈvizi]; English: Third Division), formerly known as Topklasse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɔpklɑsə]; English: Top Class), is the fourth tier of football in the Netherlands, which had its inaugural season as a third tier in 2010–11 and as a fourth tier in 2016–17. The league is placed between the Tweede Divisie and the Hoofdklasse, the third and fifth tiers of Dutch football, respectively. The introduction of the then Topklasse resulted from discussions between the Royal Dutch Football Association, the Coöperatie Eerste Divisie (the clubs in the Eerste Divisie) and the Centraal Overleg Hoofdklassers (the clubs in the Hoofdklasse).

Dutch football league system

The Dutch football league system consists of two fully professional leagues (Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie), one semi-professional level (Tweede Divisie) and seven levels of amateur football leagues, the highest of which is called Derde Divisie, formerly Topklasse. All the leagues are connected by a promotion and relegation system, but in order to be promoted to the Eerste Divisie a club has to submit a solid business plan to be approved by the Royal Dutch Football Association, as well as meet certain stadium demands, and some other demands that the football association stated for all the teams in the top two leagues. That way it was possible that the IJsselmeervogels won the 2010–11 Topklasse, but was not promoted, because they did not want to be bound to these demands. FC Oss was promoted instead. The Football Association obliges every team from the two fully professional leagues to contract 16 players full-time, in order to keep these leagues fully professional. In 2016 Tweede Divisie was reintroduced as a semi-professional level and placed between the Eerste Divisie and the Derde Divisie.

Eerste Klasse

The Eerste Klasse (English: First Class) started as the 1st tier of football in the Netherlands and is now the 6th tier. The league is divided into eleven divisions, five for Saturday clubs and six for Sunday clubs. These divisions correspond to the six districts of the Royal Dutch Football Association: each district organises a Saturday competition and a Sunday competition, except for South II, which only has a Sunday competition.

Each division consists of 14 teams. The champion of the Eerste Klasse divisions are promoted to the Hoofdklasse. Furthermore, a season is divided into 2 periods (Dutch: periodes) of eight matches each. The winners of these periods qualify for promotion playoffs, provided they finish in the top nine overall in the season. The numbers 11 and 12 in the final rankings play relegation playoffs, and the numbers 13 and 14 relegated to the Tweede Klasse.

Eurovoetbal

Eurovoetbal is an international football (soccer) tournament for players under 21, held annually in the city of Groningen around Pentecost.

The tournament started in 1977 when local football clubs Be Quick 1887, Velocitas and GRC, as well as the district Groningen of the Royal Dutch Football Association, celebrated their 90th, 80th, 75th and 70th anniversaries respectively. Five-thousand and five-hundred spectators saw the youth players of English side Crystal Palace win the first tournament.

Football in Aruba

Association football is the national sport of Aruba. Aruban football has been influenced and helped a lot by the national Royal Dutch Football Association over the years. The Aruba national team is normally placed near the bottom of the FIFA World Rankings System.

Javairô Dilrosun

Javairô Joreno Faustino Dilrosun (born 22 June 1998) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a winger for Hertha BSC.

KNVB Amateur Cup

The KNVB Amateur Cup (Dutch: KNVB Beker voor amateurs) is the cup competition for amateur football clubs in the Netherlands. The winner qualifies for the amateur super cup match against the national Hoofdklasse champion.

The cup is contested by the winners of the district cups (Dutch: districtsbekers) in the six districts of the Royal Dutch Football Association: West 1, West 2, South 1, South 2, East and North. The six teams face each other in a knock-out competition, starting in the quarter finals. Two clubs receive a bye, but they will have to play an away game in the semi-finals.

The KNVB Amateur Cup was first contested in the 1980-81 season, replacing the KNVB Saturday Amateur Cup and KNVB Sunday Amateur Cup (see Hoofdklasse#Background for more on Saturday and Sunday football in the Netherlands).

The structure of the cup competition has changed throughout the years. For a number of years, the clubs were placed in two pools of three teams each. Matches were played in two halves of 20 or 30 minutes each, with all group matches played on a single day. The final was held on another day, and was played in two halves of 45 minutes. Between 1996-97 and 2000–01, nine clubs took part, because the Royal Dutch Football Association then consisted of nine districts. Until 1997, the reserve teams of professional football clubs took part in the district cup competitions; two of them won the KNVB Amateur Cup: Ajax Reserves in 1983-84 and SC Heerenveen Reserves in 1990-91. From the 1997-98 season onwards, the reserve teams play in the KNVB Reserve Cup.

KNVB District Cup

The KNVB District Cup (Dutch: Districtsbeker) is a cup competition for amateur football clubs in the Netherlands. The competition is held in each of the six districts of the Royal Dutch Football Association. The winners of the six cup competitions used to contest for the KNVB Amateur Cup and KNVB Cup, now they only contest for the general KNVB Cup.

Kevin Blom

Bernie Raymond Blom, known as Kevin Blom (born 21 February 1974 in Gouda), is a Dutch football referee, who officiates for FIFA and UEFA. He has refereed in the Eerste Divisie, the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League. His home town is Alphen aan den Rijn.His first match in professional football was the one between Go Ahead Eagles and Helmond Sport on 17 October 2003. In June 2004 he was promoted to the Dutch referees' A-list, allowing him to be a referee at international matches. He also belongs to the UEFA "elite group", meaning he can officiate Champions League matches.

In 2005 Blom was awarded the "Sportsman of the Year" title by the municipality of Gouda. In 2007, he was awarded the Gouden Kaart ("golden card"), the Dutch prize for best referee of the year.

Blom is a full-time employee of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). In addition to his employment as a referee, he works for the Association's referee education department.

Blom refereed the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match between the Czech Republic and Scotland on 3 September 2011.

List of football clubs in the Netherlands

The Dutch Football League is organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB, Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond).The most successful teams are Ajax (34), PSV (23) and Feyenoord (15). Important teams of the past are HVV (10 titles), Sparta Rotterdam (6 titles) and Willem II (3 titles).

The annual match that marks the beginning of the season is called the Johan Cruijff Schaal (Johan Cruyff Shield). Contenders are the champions and the cup winners of the previous season.

Michael van Praag

Michael van Praag (born 28 September 1947) is a Dutch football administrator and former referee. He has been President of the Royal Dutch Football Association since 27 August 2008 and a Vice President of the UEFA since 30 June 2015. Van Praag previously served as Chairman of AFC Ajax from 1989 until 2003.

Netherlands national futsal team

The Netherlands national futsal team is the national team of the Netherlands. It is governed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). The Netherlands organized the first FIFA Futsal World Championship in 1989 in Rotterdam, where they finished in second place after being beaten by Brazil 2–1 in the final.

Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Netherlands women's national under-19 football team

The Netherlands women's national under-19 football team represents the Netherlands at the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association.

Remy Reynierse

Remy Reynierse (also written as Remy Reijnierse; born 18 June 1961), is a current coach at Sheffield Wednesday.

He is a former Dutch football manager and former player. As a player, he served EVV Eindhoven (now known as FC Eindhoven) and FC VVV (now known as VVV-Venlo). As a manager, he has coached VVV, the Netherlands women's national football team and several other representative teams of the Royal Dutch Football Association.

Topdivisie

The Topdivisie is the premier futsal league in the Netherlands, organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association.

Vv Hoogeveen

Voetbalvereniging Hoogeveen is a football club from Hoogeveen, Netherlands. It plays in the 2017-2018 Hoofdklasse of the Royal Dutch Football Association. The club was founded on April 29, 1930 and has about 650 members. It plays home matches at Bentickspark. It host football for seniors, junior teams, futsal and women.

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