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Ajax away section: Guide for Aston Villa fans

Aston Villa are having an incredible season thus far. The Villains are through to the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League and are currently sitting in fourth position in the Premier League, above the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.


Aston Villa have not been in Europe since the 2010/11 season when they competed in the Europa League. However, The Villains failed to reach the group stages in that campaign having lost in the qualifiers to Austrian side Rapid Vienna.

Johan Cruyff
AMSTERDAM – Minute of silence in memory of former Ajax player Bennie Muller prior to the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and RKC Waalwijk in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on January 21, 2024 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN – Photo by Icon Sport

How many Aston Villa fans are going to Amsterdam?

Aston Villa have been allocated 2,600 tickets for this match at the Johan Cruijff Arena with tickets selling out almost immediately.

With this being Aston Villa's first European campaign in fourteen years, we are not surprised to hear that more than 2,600 fans will be making the trip to Amsterdam with most of them planning on having a few days in the Netherlands, soaking up the local culture and no doubt spending many hours in any of Amsterdam's many bars.

This is the first time Ajax and Aston Villa have met since 2008 with that fixture ending with Villa winning by two goals to one in the UEFA Cup. That meeting is the only time the two sides have met.

Neil will be one of thousands of Villa fans to make the journey to Amsterdam, here is a post from Neil showing his excitement at managing to get a ticket for this match in Amsterdam.

Where do the Aston Villa fans sit in the Johan Cruijff Arena?

Aston Villa fans will be located in the north stand in sections 416 and 417. To access the stand, you can gain access through gate K in the northeast corner of the stadium. The Ajax ultras are located in sections 126 and 127 in the South Stand, almost directly opposite where away fans are located.

Full fans’ matchday guide for Ajax vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa have never been to Amsterdam for a football match until now. As mentioned above, the two clubs have only ever met once which was in 2008 and that match was hosted by Aston Villa. We are sure some travelling Villains will have been to Amsterdam before for a little break away but some will not have been so here is a bit of information about the wonderful city of Amsterdam.

Where to eat and drink for Aston Villa fans in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is well known for being one of the best places in Europe for pubs and clubs with plenty of options to choose from in Amsterdam depending on what kind of vibe you are looking for.

The best place in Amsterdam to watch live sport is Coco's Outback with the venue offering beautiful food and nice pints of whatever it is you choose to drink. Coco's Outback is located at Thorbeckeplein 8-12 in Amsterdam and has a total of twenty-six televisions with two big screens to choose from. The vibe in this place is not what some people will be used to with most seating options being a leather sofa instead of uncomfortable wooden chairs. Another thing to note about this bar, is that all matches screened have English commentary.

St James's Gate Irish Pub is a great choice for those Brits wanting something a bit more familiar. St James's is a fairly cheap Amsterdam bar which serves any type of Beer or Lager you want, if Beer or Lager is your drink of choice of course. The food at St James's has been rated as one of the best in the City also and with a whole host of televisions dotted around the bar, you will not miss a minute of anything you choose to watch whilst you are there.

A third and final option for Amsterdam based bars is the Plan B bar. There are a total of eight large screens in this venue which shows multiple matches at any one time given there are multiple matches playing at the time. There is also a total of thirteen pool tables meaning you and anyone you are travelling with can have a few games of pool whilst soaking up some beer in the capital.

Johan Cruijff Arena, Ajax Amsterdam
An interior view of the Johan. Cruijff Arena, home to AFC Ajax – Photo by Icon Sport.

Ticket collection info for Aston Villa fans in Amsterdam

All tickets for this fixture are. An important thing to note is each supporter will be required to fill in a European Travel Form which will detail plans, time of arrival in the country and any hotel/hostel accommodation details. One this form has been filled in, a ticket voucher will be issued via email which will they allow you to receive a paper ticket alongside proof of passport. Photocopies or Photographs of your passport will not be accepted.

How to get to the Johan Cruijff Arena: Guide for Aston Villa fans in Amsterdam

Getting to the Johan Cruijff Arena by public transport is very easy and most likely the best option for travelling fans. Amsterdam has a excellent transport links linking the city with multiple trains, subways and buses getting people from A to B all day long.

By train, the journey from Amsterdam Central Station to AFC Ajax is around twenty minutes long and will cost between £5 and £13 depending on if it is on or off peak when you are travelling.

The cheapest option will be to use the Subway with this costing between £2 and £3 but it does take longer than the train, coming in at around 25-30 minutes. This option is like the one above where you can get on at Amsterdam Central Station.

Bus, Taxi and Private Vehicle are also an option with the driving time around ten minutes, or fifty minutes for the bus. From the Central Station, it is a journey of around twelve minutes. From the Station, you turn right on to the S100 before joining the S102 near to the Stichting bus stop. You would then go through the Spaarndammer Tunnel before joining the A10 for a few miles and then the A2 for the rest of the journey.

Amsterdam is of course famous for the amount of bicycles in the city, this could also be an option with the journey on a bike from Central Station taking around thirty minutes.

Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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