Royal Dutch Football Association

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Royal Dutch Football Association
Association crest
Founded 1889
FIFA affiliation 1904
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Michael van Praag (2008–)

The Royal Dutch Football Association (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond [Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː.nɪŋk.lə.kə ˈneː.dər.ˌlɑnt.sə ˈvud.bɑɫ.ˌbɔnt]], or KNVB [ˌkaːʔ.ɛn.veː.ˈbeː]) is the governing body of football in the Netherlands.[1] 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. Along with its Belgian counterpart, the KNVB also organises the BeNe League, the top women's league in both countries.[2] The KNVB is based in the central municipality of Zeist.

The KNVB came into being on 8 December 1889 and was one of the founding members of FIFA in 1904. The Netherlands Football League Championship had already existed for a decade unofficially when the association was founded.


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