Royal Dutch Football Association

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Royal Dutch Football Association
UEFA
Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo.svg
Founded 8 December 1889; 127 years ago (1889-12-08)
Headquarters Zeist, Netherlands
FIFA affiliation 21 May 1904; 112 years ago (1904-05-21)
UEFA affiliation 15 June 1954; 62 years ago (1954-06-15)
BeNe League affiliation 5 May 2012 (2012-05-05) – 5 May 2015 (2015-05-05)
President Michael van Praag
Vice-President Bert van Oostveen
(Secretary–General)
Website (English) Royal Dutch Football Association

The Royal Dutch Football Association (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond [Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈneːdərˌlɑntsə ˈvudbɑlˌbɔnt]], 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. It is the single largest sports association in the Netherlands.[1]

History[edit]

In 1889, the Nederlandschen Voetbal en Athlestischen 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 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[edit]

Royal Dutch Football Association
Member Portfolio
Michael van Praag President of the Royal
Dutch Football Association
Bert van Oostveen Secretary–General of the Royal
Dutch Football Association
Hans van Breukelen Technical Director of the Royal
Dutch Football Association
Michael van Praag, President of the Royal Dutch Football Association since 2008.
Hans van Breukelen, Technical Director of the Royal Dutch Football Association since 2016.
Johan de Kock, Member of the Supervisory board for the Professional Leagues since 2013.

Board of directors[edit]

Professional Leagues
Director Portfolio Leagues
Gijs de Jong General Director Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Jean-Paul Decossaux Commercial Director Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Ron Francis Financial Director Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Mark Boetekees Secretary Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Amateur Leagues
Director Portfolio Leagues
Jan Dirk van der Zee General Director Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse
Meta Römers Director of Operations Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse

Supervisory board[edit]

Professional Leagues
Member Portfolio Leagues
Simon Kelder Senior Member Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Henk Kivits Member Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Johan de Kock Member Eredivisie
Eerste Divisie
Amateur Leagues
Member Portfolio Leagues
Pier Eringa Chairman Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse
Huub Wieleman Member Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse
Tjienta van Pelt Member Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse
Jos Vranken Member Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse
Albert van Wijk Member Derde Divisie
Hoofdklasse
Eerste Klasse
Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse
Vierde Klasse
Vijfde Klasse

References[edit]

  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. 

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