Dutch FA announces targets for recruitment of women and ethnic minorities18 December 2020


The FA first pledged to bring about internal change earlier this year and have been consulting interest groups, including the Mijnals Commission since then.

They say in their statement: “….We can make better choices in our role as an association if we are more complete and are able to take all the different insights into football into account. A more diverse workforce and a more inclusive organisation have therefore been the wish within the KNVB for some time, but achieving this will not happen by itself.”

Deatails of the plan were launched on the KNVB website today (17 December) setting out a series of comprehensive measures they hope will help them a diverse organisation.

The measures include:

  • A target of 14% of KNVB staff from an ethnic minority (which they term as employees with a ‘non-Western migration background’) by 2030. This is currently 2%
  • A target of 20% of women in management positions by 2030, they currently form 14% of leaders and make up 30% of employees
  • A version of the Rooney Rule will be used to support diverse recruitment, at least one ethnic minority will be invited for interview for all jobs
  • By 2030 the KNVB board will be composed of 30% women and 15% ethnic minorities, based on the current structure of seven people
  • All bodies and committees of professional and amateur football will be asked to be more representative of football in the Netherlands
  • A point of contact has been appointed for LGBTIQ employees

In addition there are pledges to:

  • Conduct research into (physical) accessibility for employees and visitors with disabilities and then formulate objectives on action for the disabled
  • Offer training courses and workshops for management, executives and all other employees. These will all take place during the current football season
  • Develop initiatives such as a quiet room, halal food and attention to a variety of (religious) days to ensure “all employees feel safe and welcome at the KNVB, regardless of gender, cultural background, religion or sexual preference.”

Read the full KNVB statement translated into English: KNVB STRENGTHENS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION