The Netherlands or the Oranges as football world known them! Although, it is a small country located in the center of Europe, it is an important country in the football history.
The Netherlands have a multicultural structure. There are more than 200 different nations living in the country although the total population of the country is only 6 million. Therefore, the participants will be able to get to know different cultures closely during the time they will be in the country.
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) was founded on December 8, 1889 and joined FIFA in 1904 as one of the founding member. In 1954, with the establishment of the Professional Football Association, professionalization of football had first important steps in the country.
The Netherlands, where ‘4-3-3’ and Total Football were born, has one of the world’s greatest football academies. The Oranges won the European Championship in 1988, and have competed in many European and World Cups. They finished second in the 1974,1978 and 2010 World Cups and third in the European Championship 1976 and 2014 World Cup tournament. In addition, together with Germany, The Netherlands are the only European country to win both the men’s Euros (1988) as the women’s Euros (2017).
The most important characteristic of the Dutch football is that it gives a great importance to the academies and the investments in this direction. The average age of Dutch 1st League is 24,5. Moreover, 10 clubs in the 1st League have given a chance to display performance at least 10 young footballers from their academies. The clubs who gave the most chances to these footballers are the leading teams of the league; PSV, Feyenord, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.
The most important reason for choosing the Netherlands for the PreFootball program is their immense academy facilities and the highly competent and experienced trainers they have. Not only the Dutch young players, but also young footballers from different countries who play here see the Dutch League as a step for the higher leagues.