The KNVB will continue to investigate the feasibility of 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.

The BeNeLiga must reduce this gap with the European top both sporting and financially. Representatives from 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, among other things, the competition format and the effects on the Eredivisie and Belgian competition are being looked at.

Club Brugge President: BeNeLiga within three years

According to Bart Verhaeghe, the arrival of the BeNeLiga is inevitable. The chairman of Club Brugge thinks that it happened within a few years with the Dutch Eredivisie and the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.

"We are working with the Netherlands on a competition that should narrow the gap with the big five (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France, ed.)," Verhaeghe told the French daily Le Monde earlier.

"Such a competition creates a market for 28 consumers. It can go fast. Is it not next season, or in one of the two seasons thereafter," said Verhaeghe.