Indonesia's Football Association (PSSI) will hold its annual congress on Sunday as it seeks to unite the game in the South-East Asian nation ahead of Fifa's March 20 deadline
By Bima Said & Ben Somerford
Indonesia's 10-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Bahrain late last month made worldwide headlines not only for the scoreline, but the suspicious nature of the result. Indonesia's goalkeeper was sent off in the first five minutes and they conceded four penalties in a game where Bahrain needed to win by at least eight goals to have any hope of progressing.
However, despite the suspicion, the reality is many expected the scoreline, including ex-Indonesia boss Wim Rijsbergen who said it "didn't surprise me". It is indicative of the current divided state of Indonesian football whereby the national Football Association (PSSI) picked a weakened side for the Bahrain game, excluding players from the breakaway Super League (ISL) which isn't recognised by Fifa.
And now it is decision time for Indonesian football, with Fifa putting a March 20 deadline on the PSSI to take control of the game in its country or face sanctions. Ahead of that deadline, the PSSI has made attempts to resolve the situation, although they've fallen on deaf ears so far. This Sunday they will hold their annual congress in one final bid to get a resolution.
Many readers will have many questions about the complicated nature of the situation so Goal.com has decided to put together a timeline of events to explain it all, beginning with the July election of a new PSSI chief.
9 July 2011 Djohar Arifin Husin elected as new chief of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) for a four-year term.
13 July 2011 National team coach Alfred Riedl, credited for bringing life back to Indonesian football during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010, along with national team manager Iman Arif are sacked by PSSI.
16 July 2011 Wim Rijsbergen chosen to replace Riedl as head coach for the national team.
18 August 2011 PSSI disbanded the National Team Body (BTN).
5 September 2011 PSSI propose plans for the top league consisting of 32 teams divided into two zones. This resulted in the objection of many clubs and fans.
22 September 2011 PSSI change initial plan and cut the league to 24 clubs under one division. On the same day, PSSI legitimised Arema under Muhammad Nur, while the other Arema would be deemed illegal.
27 September 2011 The new season is set to kick-off with 13 clubs, with Persib Bandung versus Semen Padang scheduled to play the first match.
28 September 2011 PSSI legitimise Persija Jakarta of Hadi Basalamah, although the original Persija previously ratified Ferry Paulus as the club chairman on July 30.
15 October 2011 The Indonesian Premier League (IPL) officially launches. The first match between Persib and Semen Padang was later eliminated, because the former decided to drop out of the competition to join the Indonesia Super League (ISL) - previously the official one but now the rebel league.
25 October 2011 PSSI revoke the authority of PT Liga Indonesia - originally the official organisers operating the ISL.
21 November 2011 Indonesia lose to Malaysia in the final match of SEA Games XXVI (Under-23 football) in Jakarta.
25 November 2011 Persib Bandung officially back out of IPL to join ISL, making the IPL a 12-club competition, while the ISL became 18 clubs. Initially Sriwijaya FC would have two teams, the stronger side in the ISL, while another in the IPL, but they decided to drop out as well in December.
26 November 2011 PSMS also divide into two clubs: one to play in the IPL, while the other would participate in the ISL.
1 December 2011 The ISL officially kicks off with Persija playing Deltras Sidoarjo.
5 December 2011 Persipura Jayapura, ISL champions of 2010-11, lose their right to play in the Asian Champions League. According to club officials, PSSI revealed to AFC that it was because they did not have a legitimate entity and the club's infrastructure did not meet requirements. Persipura would later file a claim to CAS.
13 December 2011 Rahmad Darmawan decided to step down as head coach of the Under-23 team because of the PSSI conflict.
18 December 2011 The Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI) are established as a result of the National Football Rally (RASN).
23 December 2011 PSV Eindhoven pulls out of their January tour to Jakarta after discovering that the Indonesia Selection would not consist of the best players, since PSSI would not accept players from the ISL.
28 December 2011 As many as 452 members of PSSI established a vote of no confidence for the PSSI under Djohar Arifin Husin's leadership.
16 February 2012 Court for Arbitration of Sport interlocutory decides that Persipura are eligible to play in the Asian Champions League play-offs against Adelaide United.
29 February 2012 Indonesia suffers its worst ever loss in national team history after a 10-0 thrashing in the hands of Bahrain in their final World Cup 2014 qualifying match in Group E.
5 March 2012 Fifa reveals to Goal.com that they were "informed by the PSSI that the clubs participating in the 'break-away' league have been given the sanction of a one year dismissal" and that "should the situation not be resolved by 20 March 2012, Fifa will have to report the case of the PSSI to the Fifa Associations Committee for review".
6 March 2012 The Indonesian government decides to stop funding PSSI. Tycoon and IPL founder Arifin Panigoro decides to step in and help fund the national team. On the same day, Fifa revealed to Goal.com that on February 16 they urged the PSSI to "immediately refrain from selecting and fielding a totally new contingent of players" for the match against Bahrain.
9 March 2012 The Under-21 national team loses 2-0 in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy final to hosts Brunei. This was the first time since 1980 that an Indonesian national team lost to Brunei.
14 March 2012 Ahead of the congress, PSSI make a final effort to reconciliate with ISL clubs. On the club's 79th birthday, Persib were the only ISL club to attend the meeting. They decided to attend the PSSI Annual Congress as well as KPSI's Extraordinary Congress. Meanwhile, KPSI have filed an arbitrator case to CAS for PSSI to cease its Annual Congress.