Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, center, announced that he will soon issue ministerial regulations that will result in a drastic shakeup at the national football governing body, including changing its status from an association to a company. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

PSSI Set to Become a Company: Sports Minister

BY :EDO KARENSA

APRIL 28, 2016

Jakarta. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi announced that he will soon issue ministerial regulations that will result in a drastic shakeup at the national football governing body, including changing its status from an association to a company.

Speaking at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday (28/03), Imam said the government would continue with its strategic steps to reform the nation's football. This includes staging an extraordinary congress of the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI), aside from issuing new regulations.

Imam noted that the extraordinary congress will address four main changes, which are aimed at reforming the national football federation.

The congress seeks to change PSSI's legal status from an association – the standard for most Indonesian sports federations – to a firm, similar to the Australian football federation, or FFA.

"Secondly, we will include supporters as shareholders of their football clubs," the minister said.

He added that the ministry will also proposes changing the name of the PSSI, while carefully considering historical aspects.

The last aspect is the election of a new management for the body, whose members must possess a strong drive to reform Indonesian football.

Imam added that three ministerial regulations on sport management bodies will be issued, comprising the standardization of sports management, administrators and congress committees.

"Those three ministerial regulations could be referenced to reform the governance of Indonesian football, at the same time it would push the PSSI to stage an extraordinary congress," Imam said.

Earlier this week, PSSI reform committee chairman Agum Gumelar met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the world football governing body's headquarters in Zürich to request the lifting of the national association's suspension, which was imposed last year.

However, FIFA insisted that the Indonesian government should first stop interfering in the association's affairs before the international ban could be lifted.

Indonesia has only two weeks left to respond to the request, as FIFA will hold a congress in Mexico on May 12 where the forum will be able to take important decisions, including the lifting of the PSSI's suspension.

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