Indonesian Football Association

Kompas – November 6, 2019
Indonesian Football Association

Commander General Mochamad Iriawan (pictured) was elected Saturday as the new chief of the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) for 2019-2023, making him the first police general to lead the country’s soccer association.

His election – which was marred by controversy after the other six candidates walked out of the congress saying that their aspirations were not heard by the PSSI committee – comes as the association has been engulfed in scandal since last year when former chief Edy Rahmayadi was forced to resign amid match-fixing allegations in the country’s soccer league.

Iriawan will be under pressure to boost the senior national team’s performance after consecutive losses at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, especially so after world football governing body FIFA awarded Indonesia the right to host the 2021 Under-20 World Cup (Piala Dunia).