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Royal Dutch Football Association

Governing body of association football in the Netherlands / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Royal Dutch Football Association (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond, pronounced [ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈneːdərlɑntsə ˈvudbɑlbɔnt]; KNVB [ˌkaːʔɛɱveːˈbeː]) is the governing body of football in the 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.

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Royal Dutch Football Association
Short nameKNVB
Founded8 December 1889; 133 years ago (1889-12-08)
HeadquartersZeist, Netherlands
FIFA affiliation21 May 1904; 119 years ago (1904-05-21)
UEFA affiliation15 June 1954; 69 years ago (1954-06-15)
BeNe League affiliation5 May 2012 (2012-05-05) – 5 May 2015 (2015-05-05)
PresidentJust Spee

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 re-established their own top-level leagues. The KNVB is based in the central municipality of Zeist. With over 1.2 million members, the KNVB is the single largest sports association in the Netherlands.[1]

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