Dutch club football undergoes major review

Dutch football stakeholders have launched a wide-ranging review into the domestic game that could result in an overhaul for the Eredivisie, Jupiler League and KNVB Beker competitions.

The review process comes after the Dutch national team failed to qualify for Uefa Euro 2016, despite the tournament expanding from 16 to 24 teams for this year’s edition. The review will be led by the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), Eredivisie, Jupiler League, players’ council and national coaches’ body.

The KNVB said it will seek to devise a competition system for the top two divisions and the knockout cup competition that creates more equality between teams and raises the level of Dutch football. The results of the review are set to be debated at a meeting in May with a view to their introduction for the 2018-19 season.

Roundtable meetings will be held in September and October that will involve representation from fan groups, former players, journalists and government officials. The KNVB said foreign leagues will also be analysed with visits scheduled for Belgium, Poland and Portugal next month. These competitions are seen as ideal markers as they have undergone recent revamps, while the countries are of a similar size to the Netherlands.

The KNVB added that performances of clubs in international competitions, player development and match attendances will also be addressed in the review.