JAKARTA (28 Sept 2011) – Following the decision to do away with an east and west conferences, the Indonesia FA (PSSI) are now considering having 24 teams in the singular top flight of the Indonesia Super League.
“The AFC (Asian Football Confederation) confirmed that they will come to Indonesia on Friday to verify all the clubs. That result will not affect the list of clubs because the executive committee agreed to stick with 24 clubs. It’s up to the AFC whether Indonesia will get slots in the AFC Champions League or not,” said Sihar Sitorus, the head of the PSSI competition committee.
Other than having 24 teams in the top flight, the kick off date has also been pushed from 9 October 2011 to five days later.
And should the PSSI stick to their planned 24-team league, the 2011/2012 season will have 552 league matches and expected to finish around October 2012.
“Clubs will have a very tight schedule as it will be more than two games per week. We will need at least 35 players if we have to play 46 matches,” said Pelita Jaya manager Lalu Mara Satriawangsa.
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