The KNVB will continue to investigate a competition with clubs from the Netherlands and Belgium. According to the union, the so-called BeNeliga does have potential.

The KNVB draws that conclusion from an initial investigation by Deloitte. That consultancy company was called in after representatives of Dutch and Belgian clubs in the summer discussed the possibility of narrowing the gap with the five largest competitions in Europe.

Ajax, PSV, AZ, Feyenoord, Vitesse and FC Utrecht and their colleagues from AA Gent, Club Brugge, KRC Genk, RSC Anderlecht and Standard Luik were present at that meeting.

According to the KNVB and the Belgian Football Association (KBVB), the first results have confirmed that the new BeNeLiga 'potentially significantly increases the value'.

There is therefore sufficient confidence to move on to the second phase of the investigation. Now the competition format and the effects on the Eredivisie and Belgian competition, the Jupiler Pro League, are being looked at.