With the organization of and participation in the European Championship in 2022, Dutch futsal had turned the spotlight on itself. This attention raised the question of whether a change in the structure at the time would benefit the quality of Dutch indoor football. The KNVB has asked Hypercube to investigate the top of the futsal pyramid and to issue advice on how to optimize it.
In the exploratory phase, Hypercube involved several stakeholders in the research through various conversations and interviews. Then, using an extensive data analysis, different options for the competitions were compared. From this, Hypercube came up with the proposal to introduce a new structure in which the current Eredivisie will be expanded to 16 teams. In this new structure, a split season system is used. After 12 matches, the top 8 and bottom 8 are separated and they both play in their group consisting of 14 matches, in which they take half of the points from the first half of the year. In addition to a new structure for the Eredivisie, a third First Division will be added to the futsal pyramid. The 36 clubs that play in these divisions are divided into three leagues of 12 based on their geographical location. The number of promotion spots per migration season is determined by the strength of the competition. This reform aims to make indoor football competitions more attractive for clubs, players and spectators.
The KNVB has taken Hypercube’s advice to heart. It has been decided to expand the Eredivisie futsal from 12 to 16 teams from the 2020/2021 season. The addition takes place from the First Division and is based on the previous season’s ranking. The First Division will play with three groups from the 2021/22 season. The 2020/21 season is hereby used as a so-called ‘migration season’ to arrive at a third First Division pool.