Eredivisie: Fortuna Sittard and Telstar added to Dutch 2022/23 roster

The Dutch Eredivisie is becoming more established and more exciting. We saw Feyenoord Rotterdam join the Eredivisie this season and they are doing very well for a debutant. This has pleased the general public of women football fans in the Netherlands and abroad.

Now, two other clubs has been given the green light by the KNVB — the Dutch FA.

Fortuna Sittard and Telstar will take part in the 2022/23 Eredivisie Vrouwen. Here’s some more information on the two clubs.

Fortuna Sittard

Ten years after province rival VVV-Venlo stopped their women’s side, Limburg has another football team in the Eredivisie.

VVV-Venlo once boasted some exciting players in their side, including Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona), Danielle van de Donk (Olympique Lyonnais), Kika van Es (FC Twente, former Everton) and Myrthe Moorrees (FC Köln). It would be very interesting to see whether the new team will host such talents as well.

In the local newspaper, De Limburger CEO Ivo Pfennings said: “Joining the Eredivisie Voruwen is the next step in the club’s development. If you want to be a unifying factor in the region and the province, women’s football is an essential part of that.”

According to the reports, Fortuna Sittard won’t have a budget that comes in the area of a million. However, an external party will take responsibility for the financial backing which has definitely helped in getting the approval by the KNVB.

Fortuna Sittard have a men’s team, which plays in the men’s Eredivisie, and now the women’s side will too.

The club needs to develop and get everything ready in a relatively short amount of time. They will need to find players and staff for the first team. A development squad will be created alongside a talent program.

They aim to find players who are either in the Netherlands or abroad. Or players who are considering retiring because there isn’t a high level team in their area — the club wants to be an option for those players.

Telstar

The other club coming into the league is Telstar, and they are no new face for the Eredivisie. The outfit already has experience in the top tier, having last played in the Eredivisie in the 2016/17 season.

Now, they are coming back and everyone is excited.

“We want to develop, offer prospects and make dreams come true. Participation in the Eredivisie is the crowning glory of all those who have worked so hard and enthusiastically to achieve this,” said chairwoman Yvonne van Gennip.

Telstar do have a men’s team as well, but they play in the second tier of Dutch football. They are considered a small club, known for their cult status rather than their success on the pitch. 

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