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International football - 15 April, 11:45
Futsal - 14 April, 22:00
Professional football - 9 April, 12:00
The Netherlands played their first international match away against Belgium on 30 April 1905 - a truly historic day for Dutch football and a memorable occasion for Eddy de Neve and Ben Stom in particular. De Neve notched all four goals for the Netherlands in a cliffhanger that went into extra time after Stom had scored an own goal.
Football is the most popular sport in the Netherlands. It was introduced to the Netherlands in 1879 by a 14-year-old boy, Pim Mulier, who founded Haarlemsche Football Club. Many clubs followed, including current top-tier professional clubs as Sparta Rotterdam (1888), Ajax Amsterdam(1900), Feyenoord Rotterdam (1908) and PSV Eindhoven (1913).
Worldwide, 29 million girls and women play football, making it the biggest sport for women internationally. In the Netherlands, too, women's football is gaining huge momentum.
The KNVB wants to keep international football as fair, sportsmanlike and attractive as possible.
The KNVB is committed to developing women’s and youth football, improving standards of governance in football and enhancing its technical capabilities.
In the years to come, the KNVB will focus on preparing bids to host major international events in the Netherlands.
We leverage the social and community strength of football to improve the living environment of children in developing countries.
The KNVB opts for innovation and development to make football on the pitch more fun and more attractive.