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Jakarta In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball League

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Jakarta In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball League (JIFL) was formed over 25 years ago.

A sim­ple idea, ex­pats who love foot­ball (soc­cer), want to so­cialise and (usu­ally) drink beer - not nec­es­sar­ily in that or­der – form teams and play each other. Ini­tially formed along na­tional lines (Dutch, Bri­tish, Dan­ish etc) the thir­teen cur­rent teams are a mixed bag. We still have the flag fly­ers in Cameroon, FC Az­zurri (Ital­ian in case you didn’t guess), Ja­pan, Vik­ings and Ger­man Plus. Add to th­ese guys Li­ons, Molly Malones, La Vera Spar­tans, JIS, Bugils, No­mads, DOIT and the cos­mopoli­tanly named Global Ex­pats In­done­sia and there it is – a rag tag of play­ers from the el­e­gant play­maker to the ele­phan­tine goal­keeper, the lethal striker to the lethar­gic de­fender.

The ma­jor­ity of the play­ers are ex­pats al­though some In­done­sian play­ers are al­lowed in the form of goal­keep­ers

– I mean who wants to play in goal? And long stand­ing In­done­sian play­ers - un­der the fa­bled Marvin rule. Al­though due the low oil price (ergo less ex­pats) each team is al­lowed to field an ad­di­tional In­done­sian (out­field player).

Who would have thought global macroe­co­nomics would have such an ef­fect? Don’t see that on Bloomberg do you?

Al­though we want friend­ship and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties amongst teams and play­ers, we take the games se­ri­ously. Last sea­son we held a train­ing work­shop for our ref­er­ees and have an­other planned for this sea­son.

JIFL has a strong code of ethics, and vi­o­lence and abuse to­ward play­ers and (es­pe­cially) our lo­cal ref­er­ees is not tol­er­ated.

For sea­son 2018/19 JIFL ban­ner spon­sor is McGet­ti­gan’s and the league is named McGet­ti­gan’s JIFL. Our Cup tour­na­ment is still open for spon­sor­ship – so if Copa Del Rey is out of reach and Emi­rates beat you to the FA Cup – JIFL Cup nam­ing rights are your best bet!

Other spon­sors are In­done­sia Ex­pat and many of the bars and restau­rants around Jakarta.

This sea­son started 8 Septem­ber with some great games al­ready. Early lead­ers are Bugils and Az­zurri – but a long way to go yet.

Play­ing in JIFL is a great way to en­joy foot­ball, meet new friends and get some ex­er­cise (the ben­e­fit of which is usu­ally oblit­er­ated by the post-game beers). In fu­ture edi­tions of

In­done­sia Ex­pat, we will fea­ture teams and maybe some play­ers and game re­ports.

NOT TO BE MISSED

If you want to join a JIFL team – you can start by con­tact­ing any of the JIFL Com­mit­tee at ji­fleague.net or our Face­book page or di­rectly Phil on 0815 1302 5166, Roberto on 0858 8182 0828 or Lau­rent on 0811 1975 662

See you on the pitch!

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