Indonesia has the distinction of being the first Asian nation to feature in a World Cup finals. In the 1938 World Cup finals, they played as the Dutch East Indies team. Though they did reap the desired results, it was, nevertheless, a momentous moment for the team and for Asia.In the Asian Games Indonesia has finished at the top three times. They also qualified for the final
rounds of the Asian Cup 2000.The game has taken a dip recently, but the Indonesian Federation have introduced several programmes in an effort to give the game a shot in the arm.Indonesia, one of the most populous nations in the world, has a very large pool of players, especially since the game is played extensively throughout the country. League matches in Indonesia also attract large crowds. Pelita Jaya is among the better known Indonesian clubs and has managed to reach the semifinals of the Asian Club Championships.