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Royal Dutch Football Association
UEFA
Royal Netherlands Football Association Logo.svg
Founded 8 December 1889; 128 years ago (1889-12-08)
Headquarters Zeist, Netherlands
FIFA affiliation 21 May 1904; 114 years ago (1904-05-21)
UEFA affiliation 15 June 1954; 64 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 (in 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

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

Senior management Title/Leagues Term of office
Michael van Praag Michael van Praag
(born 1947)
President National football team Since
27 August 2008
No free portrait.svg Bert van Oostveen
(born 1970)
Secretary–General 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.svg Gijs de Jong
(born 1972)
Operations Director Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
30 June 2016
(Acting)
No free portrait.svg Jean-Paul Decossaux
(born 1963)
Commercial Director Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 December 2009
No free portrait.svg Ron Francis
(born 1978)
Financial Director Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 July 2010
No free portrait.svg Mark Boetekees
(born 1973)
Secretary Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
1 April 2010
Board of directors – Amateur Leagues Title/Leagues Term of office
No free portrait.svg 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.svg 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.svg Simon Kelder
(born 1944)
Senior Member Eredivisie · Eerste Divisie Since
4 June 2012
No free portrait.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg Albert van Wijk
(born 1962)
Member Derde Divisie · Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse · Tweede Klasse
Derde Klasse · Vierde Klasse · Vijfde Klasse
Since
1 December 2014
Source: (in Dutch) KNVB.nl

Current sponsorships

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

  • KNVB.nl – Official website of the KNVB (in Dutch)
  • english.KNVB.nl
  • Netherlands National Football Team History (in Dutch)
  • Netherlands at FIFA site
  • Netherlands at UEFA site
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