Royal Belgian Football Association
||François de Keersmaecker
The Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB [Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaː ˈbeː ˈveː ˈbeː]], URBSFA or KBFV) (Dutch: Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond [Dutch pronunciation: [ˈko.ˌnɪŋk.ləkə ˈbɛl.ˌʝi.sə ˈvut.bɑl.ˌbɔnt]]; French: Union royale belge des sociétés de football association; German: Königlicher Belgischer Fußballverband) is the governing body of football in Belgium. It is based in Brussels, not far from the King Baudouin Stadium.
The Royal Belgian Football Association organizes the Belgium men's, women's and youth national teams. It also runs the Belgian football league system, which includes the following competitions:
In recent years, the KBVB has been criticized by many observers and on many topics, including the building of the National Centre, the reform of the first division, the dismissal fee for national team manager René Vandereycken, and the decision of non-relegating teams convicted of cheating (including Verbroedering Geel several times).
After organizing UEFA Euro 2000 together with the KNVB, both federations decided to reinvest the reported profit of €10 million each in the development of youth players. The KBVB decided to invest half of the €10 million in building of a National Centre for football in Tubize. The first stone of the building, however, was not laid before 8 April 2005, and is still not yet used nowadays.
The Geel – Namur promotion incident
At the end of 2006–07 season, the final of the third division final round was played between Namur and Verbroedering Geel, and won by Geel. However, the club did not receive its license and could not access to the second division, allowing Namur to be promoted. Geel eventually gained its license in appeal in front of the License Appeal Commission, a decision that Namur contested by asking a summary judgement from the court of Namur, in July 2007.
The tribunal of Namur cancelled the decision to grant the license to Geel, but did not allow Namur to play the second division. The Football Association subsequently announced that both clubs would play the third division in 2008-09. Both clubs then asked for a summary judgement, respectively in front of the courts of Namur and Turnhout.
On 7 September 2007, the court of Namur suspended the second and third division until a decision is taken. It was finally decided that both clubs would play the second division, with the consequence that a series of the third division would be played between 15 clubs (instead of 16) and the second division would be played between 19 clubs (instead of 18).
The Geel incident (2006)
At the end of the 2005–06 season, a case of corruption during the 2004–05 season involving players of the club of Geel came to light. The Football Association decided that Geel, which qualified for the second division final round by finishing third in the second division, would not play the final round and would be replaced by Waasland. Geel subsequently went to court of Brussels and the justice allowed Geel to play the final round.