Jakarta, IO – The decision was taken by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) in accordance with the resolution of its Executive Committee (Exco) meeting in Jakarta, Thursday (12/1).
PSSI secretary general Yunus Nusi explained the rationale. First, the wish and request from most of the clubs competing in Liga 2.
“This happened because there was discrepancy in the concept for the continuation of the competition between clubs and operator and it will be very difficult to complete before the 2023 U-20 World Cup on May 20, 2023,” said Yunus.
The measure was also recommended by the Indonesian football transformation team after the Kanjuruhan tragedy as the facilities and infrastructure have yet to meet prescribed standards and requirements.
“Police Regulation 10/2022 stipulates new licensing process by taking into account the notification time period, submission of recommendations and permits, to security support,” added Yunus.
The meeting also decided and ordered PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) to facilitate the formation of a new operator for Liga 2. As for Liga 1, the competition will continue without any degradation due to the adjustment to Liga 2.
Furthermore, Yunus said that PSSI will hold a play-off for the Indonesian national team in the 2023-24 AFC championship which would be followed by a match between the 2021-22 Liga 1 champion versus the 2022-23 Liga 1 champion. (un)