François De Keersmaecker

François De Keersmaecker (born 12 April 1958 in Willebroek) was the president of the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) from 24 June 2006 until 24 June 2017. In that function he has been actively committed in the candidacy of Belgium and the Netherlands as host countries for the 2018 World Cup.[1]

François De Keersmaecker
Born (1958-04-12) April 12, 1958 (age 61)
OccupationLawyer, Sports delegate

François De Keersmaecker is a law graduate and he is a lawyer in Mechelen.[2]

Apart from being the Belgian Football Association president he is also member of the Council for Marketing and Television from the FIFA since July 1, 2007 and second vice-president from the Juridical Commission of the UEFA since July 1, 2007. Earlier functions that François De Keersmaecker carried in the Belgian FA were president of the Provincial Committee from Antwerp from December 12, 1987 till August 22, 1996, member of the Sports Committee from September 12, 1986 until December 11 1987, member of the Provincial Committee from Antwerp from October 25, 1985 till 11 September 1986 and referee in the Provincial Referee Commission from Antwerp from November 24, 1980 till October 24, 1985.

De Keersmaecker is a son-in-law of former Association President Louis Wouters [nl] who on his turn was also a son-in-law of Oscar Vankesbeeck [nl], equally a former Association President.


  1. ^ "Paul Van Himst heel optimistisch over WK 2018". De Morgen (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Voetbalbondvoorzitter advocaat verkrachtingsslachtoffer Ronald Janssen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 August 2013.