Indonesia Super League

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Country  Indonesia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 2008; 8 years ago (2008)
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) Piala Indonesia
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Persib Bandung (1st title)
Most championships Persipura Jayapura (3 titles)
TV partners MNC Group

Indonesia Super League (ISL) (Indonesian: Liga Super Indonesia) is the highest professional level competition for football clubs in Indonesia. This competition is managed by PT Liga Indonesia.


It was once replaced with the rival Indonesian Premier League as the top level competition from 2011 to 2013, after which the ISL would once again emerge as the top level competition following the disbandment of the IPL.[1][2] It is currently sponsored by Qatar National Bank from 2015 until 2017, thus officially known as the QNB League.[3]

Current clubs (2015 season)[edit]

Club Regency or City Province Stadium Capacity 2013 season
Arema Cronus Malang East Java Kanjuruhan 42,449 Super League Semifinalists
Bali United Gianyar Bali Kapten I Wayan Dipta[4] 25,000 6th in Super League East
Barito Putera Banjarmasin South Kalimantan May 17th 15,000 7th in Super League West
Gresik United Gresik East Java Petrokimia 25,000 9th in Super League West
Mitra Kukar Kutai Kartanegara East Kalimantan Aji Imbut 40,000 Top 8 in Super League
Persipasi Bandung Raya Bekasi West Java Patriot 30,000 Super League Semifinalists
Persebaya Surabaya Surabaya East Java Gelora Bung Tomo 60,000 Top 8 in Super League
Persela Lamongan Lamongan East Java Surajaya 18,000 Top 8 in Super League
Perseru Serui Yapen Islands Papua Marora1
8th in Super League East
Persib Bandung Bandung West Java Si Jalak Harupat 45,000 Super League Champion
Persiba Balikpapan Balikpapan East Kalimantan Persiba 35,000 5th in Super League East
Persija Jakarta Jakarta DKI Jakarta Gelora Bung Karno 88,083 5th in Super League West
Persipura Jayapura Jayapura Papua Mandala 30,000 Super League Runner-up
Persiram Raja Ampat Sorong West Papua Maguwoharjo2 40,000 9th in Super League East
PSM Makassar Makassar South Sulawesi Andi Mattalatta 15,000 7th in Super League East
Pusamania Borneo Samarinda East Kalimantan Segiri 25,000 Premier Division Champion
Semen Padang Padang West Sumatra Haji Agus Salim 15,000 Top 8 in Super League
Sriwijaya Palembang South Sumatera Gelora Sriwijaya 36,000 6th in Super League West

^1 Perseru Serui is using Mandala Stadium in Jayapura due to Marora Stadium being renovated to meet the stadium standards set by the league.[5]
^2 Persiram Raja Ampat is using Maguwoharjo Stadium in Sleman because their new stadium in Waisai is under construction and targeted to be completed in 2015.[citation needed]

Indonesia Super League U-21[edit]

Building and managing a complete U-21 team is one of the requirements for clubs participating in the ISL. U-21 teams compete in the Indonesia Super League U-21 which is held in parallel with the main competition.

Championship history[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
2008–09 Persipura Jayapura Persiwa Wamena Persib Bandung
2009–10 Arema Indonesia Persipura Jayapura Persiba Balikpapan
2010–11 Persipura Jayapura Arema Indonesia Persija Jakarta
2011–12 Sriwijaya Persipura Jayapura Persiwa Wamena
2013 Persipura Jayapura Arema Indonesia Mitra Kukar
2014 Persib Bandung Persipura Jayapura
2015 Competition abandoned

Before 2008, the highest level of professional football competition in Indonesia was the Premier Division. It used the combination format of double round-robin first round and single eliminations second round. Indonesia Super League uses the double round-robin competition format.

Considering only these two ISL editions, Persipura Jayapura is considered as the best achieving clubs, since they could finish the first and second position consecutively. Considering the whole history of top level of professional football league in Indonesia, Persebaya Surabaya, Persik Kediri along with Persipura Jayapura are the best achievers, winning the competitions twice.

Most successful club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Years won
Persipura Jayapura
2008–09, 2010–11, 2013
Arema Indonesia
Persib Bandung


Top Scorers[edit]

Year Scorer Club Goals
2008–09 Indonesia Boaz Solossa
Indonesia Cristian Gonzáles
Persipura Jayapura
Persik Kediri/Persib Bandung
2009–10 Paraguay Aldo Baretto Bontang 19
2010–11 Indonesia Boaz Solossa Persipura Jayapura 22
2011–12 Brazil Beto Gonçalves Persipura Jayapura 25
2013 Indonesia Boaz Solossa Persipura Jayapura 25
2014 Cameroon Pacho Kenmogne Persebaya Surabaya 25

Stats and players[edit]

All-time top scorers in the ISL
(ISL goals only)
Rank Player Goals
1 Indonesia Boaz Solossa 84
2 IndonesiaUruguay Cristian Gonzáles 82
3 Brazil Beto 80
4 Cameroon Herman Dzumafo Epandi 65
5 Paraguay Aldo Baretto 64
6 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas 61
7 Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 61
8 Liberia Boakay Eddie Foday 61
(Italics denotes players still playing professional football,
Bold denotes players still playing in the Indonesia Super League).


Other sponsors[edit]

  • 2015: Bank Papua (Monthly Awards Sponsor)[9]

Television broadcaster[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

The first season of ISL used format for foreign players as the previous edition of top layer league in Indonesia, which allows club to have 4 foreign players from any countries without further restrictions. Only 3 of them are allowed to play together in a match.

Starting with the 2015 season, Indonesian FA has reduced the number of foreign players allowed to be used by clubs to only three players.[14] Furthermore, those foreign players need to conform with the following condition:[15]

  • Players from European or American countries should have played in the second division (third layer of their respective competition system).
  • Players from Asian countries whose club competed in the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup should have played in (at least) in the first division (second layer of their respective competition system).
  • Players from African countries and Asian countries (whose club did not compete in the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup) should have played (at least) in the premier/super league (highest layer of their respective competition system).
  • Players from Southeast Asian countries should be in their national team.

In 2010-2011 edition, Indonesian FA introduced a new restriction regarding registration of new foreign players from African countries. Players from African countries who have never played before in Indonesia Super League shall be an international player for his country. The respective players have to show formal evidences that they have played for their country in official FIFA matches. Players failed to show such evidences will not get permit to play in Indonesia Super League 2010-2011.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "15 Klub Ikuti Liga Primer Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "ISL dan IPL Akhirnya Bersatu" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Liga & BVSport Gandeng QNB Group" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pindah Kandang ke Bali, Pusam Ganti Nama" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Perseru Pilih Satu Kandang dengan Persipura". 22 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ferdinand Raih Gelar Pemain Terbaik ISL 2014" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "ISL 2014 Kemungkinan Tanpa Sponsor Rokok" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "PT Liga Indonesia Gaet Sponsor Senilai Rp1,5 Triliun" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "PT Liga Gandeng Bank Papua" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "PT. LI (ISL)" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "MNC Group Siarkan ISL bersama VIVA Group" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Inilah Saluran Yang Menyiarkan Langsung ISL 2015" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "MNC Group dan NET TV Pegang Hak Siar ISL 2015" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "ISL 3, DU Tanpa Ekspatriat" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Catatan DISL 2009/2010
  16. ^ [1]

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