Women's football in the Netherlands has traditionally had a low profile and female players had to play abroad.
In 2012, the KNVB and its Belgian counterpart, the KBVB/URBSFA, created a new top league for both countries, the BeNe League. From the Dutch perspective, the move was intended to improve the Netherlands women's national football team.
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