Artificial grass disappears in Eredivisie: clubs are obliged to use natural grass from 2025

The Eredivisie CV and the 18 Eredivisie clubs made important decisions regarding the future of Dutch professional football on Monday 5 June 2023. The meeting included decisions on mandatory play on high-quality natural grass in the Eredivisie, the continuation of European contributions, the distribution of funds between Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie, and an intensive collaboration between both divisions.

The decisions discussed at the clubs meeting of the Eredivisie CV were approved with the required majorities. The agreements regarding the European contribution are an individual decision of each Eredivisie club.

  1. From 2025/26 season, Eredivisie clubs mandatory on natural grass
    Starting from the 2025/26 season, all Eredivisie clubs will be required to play on high-quality natural or hybrid grass. Additionally, starting from the upcoming season, a match protocol will be in effect, which includes quality requirements for natural, hybrid, and artificial turf fields.

  2. Increased proportionality in the distribution of revenues to strengthen competitive balance
    With the new media contract, a new distribution revenues model will be implemented in the Eredivisie. The new distribution model ensures greater proportionality of funds. This decision aligns with the resolution of 18 June 2021.

  3. Continuation of European contributions
    European participating clubs are willing to contribute 3.75% of their European revenues per season from 2025 to 2030 to non-European participating clubs. This, combined with the new distribution revenues model and increasing revenues from UEFA, strengthens the competitive balance in the Eredivisie. The facilitation of European participating clubs by rescheduling matches in the interest of an optimal match schedule for Eredivisie clubs in Europe will continue.
  4. UEFA Solidarity payments to Keuken Kampioen Divisie clubs
    To further strengthen the competitive balance in Dutch professional football as a whole, a portion of the UEFA Solidarity Payments (a contribution from UEFA to clubs not participating in Europe) will be allocated to Keuken Kampioen Divisie clubs. These funds will be used for the further development of youth academies in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

  5. Intensified (operational) collaboration with Eerste Divisie and further professionalization of Women's Eredivisie
    The league organizations Eredivisie CV and Coöperatie Eerste Divisie will engage in even closer collaboration. Instead of a merger, a governance model that values the rights and governance of both divisions has been chosen. Additionally, the Eredivisie will focus on facilitating and further professionalizing the Women's Eredivisie.

  6. Continuation of professional football competition governance
    Clubs have previously agreed to establish a professional football competition governance to give the Eredivisie authority over competition aspects. Input and influence have been achieved through the participation of Eredivisie and clubs in advisory committees on licensing and arbitration matters. The effectiveness of this will be evaluated annually.

Jan de Jong, CEO of Eredivisie CV, said, "It is great that we have made so many binding decisions with the Eredivisie clubs today. Longstanding discussions have been concluded and settled. The collective is once again united. Now we can move forward together towards more sporting successes and increased revenue from media income. For this purpose, it was important that after today, it is clear to everyone how the money will be distributed in the future and who contributes what."

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