Dutch leagues poised for structural revamp

The Dutch Football Association has confirmed the Dutch league pyramid structure will be reformed as of next season.

In an attempt to streamline and create a more unified domestic club system, the KNVB has introduced a new league that will allow the professional and amateur leagues to integrate via promotion and relegation for the first time.

The 2016/2017 will be a historic season for Dutch football as the amateur Topklasse league will become the Derde Divisie (Third Division) and promotion will lead to the professional ranks of the Eerste divisie which is below the top flight Eredivisie.

The move is an attempt to improve the overall quality and depth of Dutch football.

KNVB director of amateur football Jan Dirk van der Zee believes the new changes will create a greater interest in the league and help the clubs running on much smaller budgets.

"We think that a change can be good, but of course we listen to the wishes of the clubs themselves," van der Zee told Inside World Football.

"With a regional breakdown, you create a greater number of derbies, thus more spectators and the [traveling] distances become smaller. We continue to see this as an interesting option for the future."

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