Gov't to Follow Up on Jokowi's Plan for Football Development

Puan Maharani, left, discusses national football development with other government stakeholders in Jakarta on Monday (17/04). (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

By : Asni Ovier & Amal Ganesha | on 7:57 PM April 18, 2017
Category : Sports, Football

Jakarta. The government hopes to implement new policies in coming months to enhance Indonesian football, with several public institutions expected to contribute substantial funds to that end.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a special meeting in January to discuss plans on how to boost the country's most popular sport, declaring four main pillars of development.

"In a meeting in January, we agreed to create a road map for national football development under President Jokowi's direction," Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani said in Jakarta on Monday (17/04).

Puan revealed the creation of a special task force that will draft presidential instructions to provide a legal framework as the government seeks to develop football in the country.

"We're currently drafting presidential decrees and instructions to help guide football development in Indonesia," she said.

Though FIFA  the world's football governing body  has prohibited government interference, Sports Ministry secretary general Gatot Dewa Broto said the coming instructions are only meant to aid the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI).

"We will provide guidelines for government agencies responsible for promoting and developing football. The instructions will serve to spread cooperation among different institutions," Gatot said.

"Especially in terms of adequate infrastructure. Clubs across the archipelago lack proper stadiums [...] we think the government can help solve that problem," he said.

Most football stadiums used by elite clubs in the country are in fact owned by regional or provincial governments, not by the clubs themselves.

Gatot also said the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry can help footballers land government jobs after they retire from the sport.

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