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Welcome to the new KNVB.com, the English-language version of KNVB.nl, bringing you key information about the Royal Netherlands Football Association.
Apart from a new layout and a slightly different look and feel, much has remained the same. This site still features a selection of stories from the main KNVB website in Dutch; the ones that are relevant to an international audience. These include the latest on the Netherlands national teams as well as background information on topical issues and developments in Dutch football.
The main change is one of focus. We’re moving away from news and statistics towards explaining what we do to make the game better. Because that is our mission and it has been from the start, back in the days when we co-founded FIFA: developing the beautiful game for everyone who loves it.
Making football more attractive, fairer and more enjoyable. Not only in the Netherlands, but across the world. That is our key objective.
This website explains how we are going about doing this. It describes the five pillars of our international strategic policy: competitive balance, development & innovation, events, WorldCoaches and new rules of play. It offers you stories on new initiatives and insights, as seen from the KNVB’s perspective.
Of course, we can’t do all this on our own. On all five points, we’re working closely together with our international partners to improve the game and make it more enjoyable for an ever wider number of people around the world. Football has a major social impact. It unites people.
The stories on our WorldCoaches programme are a good example of this. Other articles will highlight our ambition to organise major tournaments and our efforts to innovate the game. To make it more transparent, more attractive and more inclusive. We hope that you’ll enjoy the read.
Research: professional football brings happiness, connection and a €2 billion contribution to GDP
9 April 2021