Minors in the Netherlands

Minors in the Netherlands


Youth Academies under the KNVB Regulations

In the 2012-2013 sporting season, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) developed a certification system for academies of professional and amateur football clubs: the Academies Quality and Performance Programme (AQ&P Programme) which was introduced in the 2013-2014 sporting season. The rationale behind the implementation of this programme is to be able to support clubs to systematically evaluate and improve the academy in an innovative and progressive way, with the aim to boost the quality of football clubs’ youth academies in the Netherlands.[2]

Any club - either amateur or professional - can request the KNVB to certify its youth academy on the basis of the AQ&P Programme.[3] The programme contributes to the football...

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