Competitions

The Royal Netherlands Football Association KNVB is synonymous with Dutch football. The KNVB is associated with the Oranje national team, it organises the top-flight Eredivisie national league and it has lent its name to the Dutch Cup: the KNVB Beker.

In addition, the KNVB offers competitions appropriate to the needs and preference of each and every football enthusiast in the Netherlands. For young and old, men and women, amateurs and professionals, disabled and futsal players, street and beach soccer. On grass, artificial turf or indoor football pitches, men, women, boys and girls can play the game at their level of ambition.

The Oranje – the Dutch national teamsOranje is the name for all teams representing the Dutch nation, ranging from the men’s senior squad to the Orange Lionesses and the KNVB’s national disability team, known as the CP team.

KNVB CupThe Dutch Cup competition has offered a special atmosphere and thrilling, unpredictable games since 1899.

Johan Cruyff ShieldEach year, the Eredivisie champions take on the KNVB Cup holders in the Johan Cruyff Shield, the curtain raiser to the Netherlands football season. EredivisieFounded in 1956, the Eredivisie is the highest league in senior men’s association football in the Netherlands. Women's EredivisieThe women’s top-flight Eredivisie has featured only Dutch clubs since the 2015-16 season.

Jupiler LeagueThe Jupiler League, the second-highest division in the Netherlands, is known for its excitement and spectacular matches. Tweede divisieAmateur and professional football used to be separate worlds in the Netherlands until the 2016-17 season, when a mandatory promotion and relegation system was introduced.

Amateur footballAmateur and professional football used to be separate worlds in the Netherlands until the 2016-17 season, when a mandatory promotion and relegation system was introduced.

 

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