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No football in the Netherlands due to the coronavirus outbreak

KNVB Media
KNVB Media
13 March 2020, 9:45

The measures taken by the Dutch government in light of the coronavirus outbreak also affect football. - Foto: KNVB Media

All football in the Netherlands has been suspended until further notice. This means that all matches in professional and amateur football scheduled until 6 April have been called off. This also applies to the international friendlies of the Netherlands against the United States and Spain and the scheduled fixtures of several Netherlands youth teams.

Earlier, UEFA called off the men’s and women’s U17 and U19 European Championship qualification tournaments.

Message about tickets 

We understand that fans have a lot of questions concerning the tickets bought through KNVB online ticketshop for the friendlies against the United States and Spain or the U21 qualifier against Belarus. Even though these matches have been postponed until further notice, the tickets remain still valid. If these matches are cancelled, KNVB will reimburse the tickets. We will give you more information as soon as we have more news.

The suspension of Dutch football follows the government's decision to cancel all events throughout the Netherlands involving more than a hundred people.

Eric Gudde, KNVB director of professional football: "We have always followed Dutch government policy when urged to do so, and that is no different at the moment. Of course, health and safety are a top priority for all parties involved. However, these measures also bring with them major organisational, financial and sports-related challenges for the football world. In the future, the football sector will have to call on the government authorities for help in order to be able to meet the organisational issues, social effects and economic challenges for the whole sector. We will be happy to discuss this with all parties in due course".

Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie

Over the next few days, the KNVB will examine which new dates will be suitable for all suspended fixture rounds.

As long as there is any room within the league schedule for the suspension of matches, the KNVB will stick to its decision to allow spectators at matches. Only in the final stage of the competition, when there really is no more room for postponement of matches, will the emergency option of playing behind closed doors be considered.

Amateur football

All matches involving both field and indoor football clubs have been suspended until 31 March. KNVB Director of Amateur Football Jan Dirk van der Zee: "We advise all amateur clubs not to organise training sessions, friendly matches or any large gatherings. We appeal for understanding for this difficult decision and call on all clubs to collaborate with us to bring the competitions to a successful conclusion. In the coming period, we will think about a good solution for our amateur football".

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