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Royal Belgian Football Association

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Royal Belgian Football Association
Founded1 September 1895; 128 years ago (1895-09-01)
FIFA affiliation1904
UEFA affiliation1954
PresidentPascale Van Damme [nl]

The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA; Dutch: Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond; French: Union royale belge des sociétés de football association; German: Königlicher Belgischer Fußballverband) is the governing body of football in Belgium. It was a founding member of FIFA in 1904 and UEFA in 1954 and was based in Brussels, not far from the King Baudouin Stadium. Since October 2021, the headquarters of the RBFA are located in Tubize, next to its technical centre. Its chairman is Robert Huygens [nl].

Teams and competitions


The Association organizes the Belgium men's, women's, youth national teams, and national eSports team for FIFA.[1][2][3][4][5] It also runs the Belgian football league system, which includes the following competitions:



Association awards


Each year, the executive committee of the Belgian FA honours deserving people with awards.[6]

These include (highest award first):

  • Grand Order of the Baron de Laveleye, as of 2015 only given to five people (including former chairmen)
  • Gold Medal, for honorary members serving 10 years
  • Honorary Member, to certain international referees and chairmen (typically 40 years of service)
  • Emeritus Member, to certain referees and chairmen (typically 30 years of service)
  • Association Medal of Honour, to certain referees and chairmen (typically 20 years of service)
  • Medal of Recognition, mostly given to national football team players with 35 caps, but also to players with 20 caps whose career stopped after injury and people who have performed an exceptional service to the RBFA.

Received awards




In the summer of 1986, when the national men's A-selection reached the semifinals of the World Cup in Mexico, the football team started the project Casa Hogar under impulse of RBFA delegation responsible Michel D'Hooghe. This is a home for street children in the industrial Mexican city Toluca, to which the football players donated part of their tournament bonuses. During 25 years, the RBFA stayed committed with this project and helped 500 children to meals and education.[7]

Current sponsorships



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  2. ^ "Belgian FA official reveals secret of national side's success". dailyrecord. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ "How Belgium found a winning formula for national team success". Express.co.uk. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Belgium — Developing World-Class Talent for Belgian Football". TheHardTackle.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ Bassam, Tom. "Rolling sports business news wrap: Every deal, every day". Archived 26 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine. SportsPro. 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Association Awards". RBFA. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ Willems, Raf (12 April 2011). "25 jaar Casa Hogar: Rode Duivels voor straatkinderen in Mexico" (in Dutch). Stichting Meer Dan Voetbal Weblog.