KNVB: Quick clarification about cup participation amateurs and Women’s Eredivisie

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The KNVB intends to let the amateur clubs that are still in the TOTO KNVB Cup know where they stand as soon as possible. There is a question mark behind their matches now that the corona measures have been tightened.

Women’s Eredivisie is also being discussed

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at his press conference on Tuesday that amateur football will be prohibited in the coming weeks, while the first round of the cup tournament is scheduled for 26, 27 and 28 October with 26 amateur clubs.

“It is interesting to see what should be done with the amateur clubs that are in the KNVB cup, which is a professional football competition”, Jan Dirk van der Zee, director of amateur football of the KNVB, told the WE.

“They can train at a distance of 1.5 meters, that’s not really football practice. Are they fit enough to play? And they need to be tested and maybe train again. Those are all questions we want to answer in the coming days. “

Van der Zee keeps hope for the amateur clubs. “They are in a tournament that is part of professional football, so you would assume that they could play football. The question is whether that is practical. We don’t know that yet.”

The KNVB will be talking internally and with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport about the issue in the coming days. Then there is also talk about the Women’s Eredivisie, which is also somewhat unclear.

“Rutte has said that the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie can continue. We have equated men and women, so we assume that the Women’s Eredivisie will also continue,” said Van der Zee.

According to Van der Zee, women’s football falls under the amateur branch of the KNVB. “It is a professional top sport. Clubs play at top sports accommodations. Nobody is interested in how that is arranged legally and technically with us.”



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