Persib Bandung players participate in a training session on Jan. 3, to prepare for the Indonesia Super League, which will start on March 26. (Antara Photo/Agus Bebeng)

PSSI to Kick Off Indonesia's Top-Tier Football League in March


JANUARY 09, 2017

Jakarta. The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, has set a schedule to start of the country's top-tier league in March.

The Indonesia Super League includes 18 teams with a promotion-relegation system, but the PSSI has introduced new regulations on player registrations.

"The Super League will kick off on March 26," PSSI secretary general Ade Wellington said at the national football governing body's annual congress in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday (08/01), as reported by state-run news agency Antara.

The PSSI is pushing Indonesia's younger footballers to play at the highest level. The number of foreign players in each club will be reduced, while the quota for Asian players will be maintained. It provisionally comes down to a limitation of two non-Asian players and one Asian player per club.

The 18 teams in the Super League all participated in the 2016 Indonesia Soccer Championship, a breakaway league created after a long idle period in the elite football competition.