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Gijs de Jong has served as Secretary-General of the Royal Netherlands Football Association since July 2017.
Born in the southern village of Asten in 1972, Gijs de Jong graduated in Public Administration from the University of Leiden before starting his career as an event manager and consultant at the Amsterdam ArenA stadium. In the autumn of 2003, he joined the KNVB as public affairs officer and coordinator for safety and security issues.
In 2010, De Jong was appointed manager of the KNVB Competitions Department, responsible for competition, security and disciplinary matters as well as refereeing and public affairs. Four years later, he joined KNVB Management and was tasked with competition matters, events and communications.
In addition to his work for the KNVB, De Jong has a number of international roles: he is UEFA delegate / FIFA match commissioner and member of the UEFA Stadium and Security Committee.
Gijs de Jong has a wife and three children and lives in Asten (Noord-Brabant province). In his spare time, he likes riding his racing bike, kicking a ball with his kids in the garden or enjoys a nice game of football in the stadium or on television.