Royal Knokke Football Club is a Belgian association football club based in Knokke, West Flanders. The club currently play in the Belgian National Division 1, the third tier of Belgian football.

Full nameRoyal Knokke Football Club
Founded1905; 119 years ago (1905)
GroundBurgemeester Graaf Leopold Lippens Park,
ChairmanVincent Van Honsebrouck
ManagerYves Van Borm
LeagueNational Division 1
2022–23National Division 1, 8th of 20
WebsiteClub website



The club was founded in 1905.[2]

In 2016–17, Knokke won the Second Amateur Division winning promotion to the First Amateur Division. After another successful season, Knokke finished second in the league standing, allowing them to participate in the final play-off round for promotion. Knokke won the final round, but did not apply for a licence for second-tier Belgian First Division B, which meant that only Lommel promoted.[3]

The following year, the club finished last in the table and relegated to the Second Amateur Division. There, they regained the league title and won promotion – albeit in a special way. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Belgian Football Association decided on 27 March 2020 to cancel all competitions and to determine the final rankings. Knokke had at that point played 24 games in the Second Amateur Division and finished on top with 63 points, forcing promotion back to the First Amateur Division.[4]

Current squad

As of 16 August 2023[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BEL Ruben Vanraefelghem
4 DF   BEL Brendan Schoonbaert
5 DF   BEL Louis Broché
7 MF   BEL Kevin Hebbelinck
8 MF   BEL Nils Pierre
9 FW   BEL Jens Naessens
10 FW   BEL Amadu Jalloh
11 MF   LUX Lucas Prudhomme
16 MF   GHA Samuel Addo
18 FW   BEL Jonathan Mfumu
19 MF   BEL Justin Pieters
20 DF   BEL Jarric Buysse
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   BEL Thijs Coninckx
23 DF   POR Leandro Varela
25 GK   BEL Merveille Goblet
26 DF   BEL Jarno Vervaque
28 MF   TUR Halil Köse
29 FW   GAM Basiru Mbye
44 GK   BEL Wout Meese
70 FW   BEL Noah Aelterman
75 DF   BEL Loïc Ritière
93 DF   BEL Aurélien Bailly
DF   HAI Rousseau De Poorter (on loan from Deinze)




  1. ^ "Belgium - Royal Knokke FC - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway".
  2. ^ "Geschiedenis". Royal Knokke Football Club (in Flemish). Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Knokke pakt de titel in 1e amateurklasse". Focus en WTV (in Dutch). 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "SPORTIEVE RANGSCHIKKING D2 en D3" (PDF). RBFA. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  5. ^ "A-Kern Spelers" [First team squad]. Retrieved 16 August 2023.