The Jakarta International Football League


Jakarta International Football League (JIFL) was formed over twenty five 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, Italian. Danish etc) the twelve current teams are a mixed bag

We still have the flag flyers in Cameroon, FC Azzurri (Italian in case you didn’t guess), Japan, and (arguably) Vikings and German Plus. Add to these guys Lions, Molly Malones, La Vera Spartans, JIS, Bugils, Nomads and DOIT and there it is – a rag tag of players from the elegant playmaker to the elephantine goalkeeper, the lethal striker to the lethargic defender.

As we already noted, the European roulette wheel has 37 divisions, where numbers from 1 to 36 and 0 can be found. Numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately colored in red and black, while the single zero is marked in green. The main objective, which any player pursuits, is to predict, which numbered pocket the roulette ball is going to settle into. In order to do that, all players make bets on a particular number, after which the dealer turns the roulette wheel in one direction and spins the roulette ball in the opposite. Once the ball finds its way into the pocket with that particular number, the respective players get paid.

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, each team is allowed to field an additional Indonesia (outfield player).

Who would have thought global macroeconomics would have such an effect? – But there are less oil and gas guys ergo less expat players for the JIFL. Don’t see that on Bloomberg do you?

Although we want friendship and social activities amongst teams and players, we take the games seriously. We recently certified all our referees via a coaching class run by Robert, a PSSI qualified referee.

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

For season 2017/18 JIFL banner sponsor is RIO Investment Club and the league is named RIO JIFL.Our Cup tournament is sponsored by DB Schenker who have naming rights on the Cup.Other sponsors are Indonesia Expat and many of the bars and restaurants around Jakarta.

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 jifleague.com 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!