Association Presidents RBFA

All the RBFA Presidents

Gérard Linard François
De Keersmaeker
Jan
Peeters
Baron Dr. Michel
D'Hooghe
Gérard Linard François De Keersmaecker Jan Peeters Baron Dr. Michel D'Hooghe
2017 - ... 2006 - 2017 2001 - 2006 1987 - 2001

 

Louis
Wouters
George
Hermesse
Francis
Dessain
Oscar
Vankesbeeck
Louis Wouters George Hermesse Francis Dessain Oscar Vankesbeeck
1967 - 1987 1951 - 1967 1945 - 1951 1937 - 1945

 

Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers Graaf Joseph d’Oultremont Baron Edouard
de Laveleye
 
Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers Graaf Joseph d' Oultremont Baron Edouard de Laveleye  
1929 - 1937 1924 - 1929 1895 - 1924  

 

Gérard Linard

 

François De Keermaecker

2006: François De Keersmaecker succeeds Jan Peeters as Association President.

2008: On November 8, the Flemish wing of the Belgian FA ,VFV (Flemish Football federation) is founded.

2009: On March 14 VFV is officially recognized.

2009: In the spring the RBFA and the KNVB officially inform FIFA of their interest in jointly hosting the 2018 WC.

2009: On September 10, the French speaking wing of the Belgian FA, ACFF (Association of French speaking Football Clubs) is founded.

2010: On 16 June the contract between the RBFA and Jean-Marie Philips is broken as a result of differences in vision. Association President François De Keersmaecker also takes on the role of Secretary General ad interim until a suitable successor can be appointed.

2010: On 2 December it is announced that Russia and not the Belgium/Netherlands candidature has been chosen to host the 2018 WC.

2012: On May 14 the ACFF is officially recognized.

 

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Jan Peeters

2001: Jan Peeters succeeds Michel D’Hooghe as Association President.

2006: François De Keersmaecker succeeds Jan Peeters as Association President.

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Baron Dr. Michel D'Hooghe

1987: Dr. Michel D'Hooghe succeeds Louis Wouters as Association President.

1991: On 24 May the RBFA decides to organise an independent indoor football championship after it opts to end its relationship with the Belgian Indoor Football Association.

1992: On 28 January 384 indoor football clubs sign an official joint protocol agreement with the RBFA. Indoor football will occupy a position within the RBFA that remains as independent as possible.

1993: On 24 September the Executive Committee gives the green light for founding the Association Prosecution that is charged with examining complaints related to corruption and doping cases.

1993: On 13 August the RBFA is awarded the ‘FIFA Fair Play Award’ for the humanitarian campaign ‘Acción Diablos Rojos Casa Hogar’ whereby in the 1986 World Cup the Red Devils donated part of their bonuses to help build an orphanage for homeless children in Toluca as well as to the ‘Hou het tof – le foot en paix’ campaign to combat violence in football.

1993: From the 1993-1994 season three points are awarded for a win in the Second Class Division. In addition periodic championships are introduced to the Third Class Division, Promotion and First Provincial Divisions.

1994: On 13 January the RBFA together with the Dutch Football Association KNVB puts itself forward as an official candidate to host the 2000 European national championship - Euro 2000 - after both countries missed out on hosting the 1996 EC.

1994: From the 1994-1995 season 18 teams instead of 16 take part in the Second Class Championship. This season sees an experiment in which throw-ins are replaced by free kicks.

10 June - 2 July 2000: Belgium and the Netherlands host the final stage of the European Championship. This was a first in football history as no two teams had jointly hosted a major tournament before. This example was followed by FIFA (World Football Association) who chose Japan and South Korea to host the 2002 World Cup.

2001: Jan Peeters succeeds Michel D’Hooghe as Association President.

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Louis Wouters

1967: Louis Wouters succeeds George Hermesse as Association President.

1967: The RBFA takes insurance for its members into its own hands: the Federal Solidarity Fund is established.

1983: The Sports Committee is split into two chambers: the disciplinary chamber (which decides on sporting sanctions) and the finance chamber (which handles financial disputes).

1983: From the 1983-1984 season it is decided that a professional club that plays in the First Class Division for three consecutive seasons must submit an application to be recognised as professional. If this is not done then after the third season the club is automatically relegated to the Second Class Division.

1987: Dr. Michel D'Hooghe succeeds Louis Wouters as Association President.

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George Hermesse

1951: George Hermesse succeeds the deceased Francis Dessain as Association President.

1952: The entire National Football League is reorganised. Until now there was a Premier Division, two First Class Divisions and four Transition Divisions. Now the Second Class Division is established to bridge the gap with the top. Below there are two Third Class Divisions A and B and the four Promotion Divisions are relegated one more step but are still Nationwide Leagues. The First, Second and Third Class Divisions form the ‘Entente des Clubs des Divisions Supérieures’.

1954: The RBFA co-founds the European Football Association UEFA. Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers becomes FIFA President and remains in this post until his death in 1956.

1955: At the end of the 1954-55 season the RBFA deducts 5 points from Olympic because it included a player from Binche who was treated like a professional. A year earlier Liège player Pol Anoul was suspended for six months because he had shoes made with his name on.

1956: On 15 March a law is passed to officially regulate football game predictions.

1962: The RBFA is restructured and the player status is amended. An amateur is allowed to receive a gift of maximum 2,000 BEF (50 EUR), an independent player is allowed to receive a maximum premium of 2,000 BEF for an official or friendly international and 3,000 BEF (75 EUR) for a game in the Europa Cup. For training sessions between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. a loss of earnings could be reimbursed by a maximum of 42,000 BEF (1,050 EUR) per season.

1962: In the 1962-1963 season the Belgian Cup receives a new lease of life. Clubs’ participation in the Cup is made obligatory.

1967: Louis Wouters succeeds George Hermesse as Association President.

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Francis Dessain

1945: On 30 June Canon Francis Dessain succeeds Oscar Vankesbeeck as Association President.

1945: The Premier Division is renamed the First Class Division.

1947: The RBFA creates two new trophies: The Prize for Fair Play and the Sports Medical Cup that is annually awarded to the club with the best medical infrastructure.

1947: The RBFA founds the National Centre for Education and Training in three departments: the trainer school, the junior school and national clubs training.

1951: George Hermesse succeeds the deceased Francis Dessain as Association President.

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Oscar Vankesbeeck

1937: Oscar Vankesbeeck succeeds Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers as Association President.

1941: The RBFA organises a nationwide football day the proceeds of which are donated to Winterhulp.

1943: Due to many players leaving the country (due to the War) from 1 July players aged 16 to 17 were allowed to play in senior games lasting 2 x 45 minutes. This was on the condition that they could provide a medical certificate to prove they were physically fit.

1944: On 7 October the Executive Committee announces that any club that plays against a German military team during the occupation could consider itself suspended until the case could be properly examined.

1945: On 30 June Canon Francis Dessain succeeds Oscar Vankesbeeck as Association President.

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Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers

1929: Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers succeeds Count Joseph d’Oultremont as Association President.

1930: On 15 January the RBFA suspends the international Raymond Braine along with a number of less well-known players. Braine, who owned a pub, was suspected of breaching the amateur rules and when he plays for Sparta Prague as a professional in exile his ban from playing in Beerschot’s first team is extended.

1930: In July the RBFA Appeals Committee is set up to lighten the work of the Executive Committee and the Sports Committee, which were also founded in 1895 at the same time as the Association.

1931: As a result of the ever-increasing number of clubs for the 1931-1932 season the Executive Committee decides to split the First Class (level 2) Division into two Classes A and B each with 14 clubs and to expand the Promotion Division from 3 to 4 also with 14 clubs each.

1931: In April it is decided that the football pitches could no longer be marked out using sawdust.

1933: The RBFA decides to expressly prohibit doping for players given that it is totally inconsistent with football’s objectives.

1935: After a long battle against advancing professionalism in football and to protect the now outdated term amateur sport, on 6 April ‘the independent player’ status emerges, the forerunner of the current non-amateur status. Clubs can pay the player a ‘fee for performances’, which must not lead to them making a career out of football.

1936: On 3 March Sportleven publishes a story that the Executive Committee is aware of a corruption scam by intermediaries. The EC warns that severe penalties will be brought against intermediaries, the instructing party and players who receive money to fix a game. Anyone who is aware of any corruption scam is warned to inform the Association immediately.

1937: Oscar Vankesbeeck succeeds Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers as Association President.

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Graaf Joseph d'Oultremont

1924: Count Joseph d’Oultremont succeeds Baron de Laveleye as Association President.

1926: The Premier Division is created for the 1926-1927 season. This is followed by the First Class Division. The three Promotion Divisions A, B and C are relegated to level three.

1929: Rodolphe-William Seeldrayers succeeds Count Joseph d’Oultremont as Association President.

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Baron Edouard de Laveleye

1898: During the 1898-1899 season the First Division is divided into two zones, A and B, each with a final round. This system is used until 1904.

1899: On 15 January the General Assembly decides on a number of restrictions with regards to team compositions. This means that each team participating in the First Division Championship must include at least six players who are Belgian Nationals and the number of desired players at kick-off is seven.

1901: The General Assembly decides that pitches used for First and Second Class League games must not be accessible to the public and cordoned off using a rope or other means.

1906: The 1906-1907 League is named ‘Coupe des Équipes premières’ (First Teams Cup) because certain clubs also have a ‘second’ team.

1909: In the 1909-1910 season the ‘Promotion Division’ is created. It immediately follows the First Division.

1922: From 1 January the Association insures its members against accidents.

1923: In the 1923-1924 season the Promotion Division (established in 1909) is spilt into two series, A and B.

1924: Count Joseph d’Oultremont succeeds Baron de Laveleye as Association President.

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