Perserikatan is a term commonly refers to national amateur football competitions in Indonesia held between 1931 to 1994 before the formation of Liga Indonesia, organized by the PSSI, the Indonesian football federation. The competition involved hundreds clubs in Indonesia and was divided into several levels.
In English, the term Perserikatan may literally translated to inter-association football championship as this competition involved all regional-level football associations in Indonesia.
Since 1970, in parallel, another national football league namely Galatama (The Premier League), was established for semi professional football clubs. Therefore, prior to 1994, when both Perserikatan and Galatama were merged into a new system called Liga Indonesia, both competitions existed in parallel.
The competition was started on April 19, 1930. Some of Dutch East Indies prominent football club, like VIJ Jakarta, BIVB Bandung, IVBM Magelang, MVB Makassar, SIVB Surabaya and VVB Solo, met and discuss about the future championship on the Netherlands territory. They met at Societeit Hadiprojo, Yogyakarta.
After the meeting, it was agreed that these clubs would found Persatoean Sepak Raga Seloeroeh Indonesia, the parent organization for the teams.
Before Perserikatan was held, the official nationwide football tournament was held by the Nederlands Indische Voetbal Bond, a football association consisting only Dutch people only. The tournament was Netherlands East Indies Inter-City Championship, which started on 1914.
List of Perserikatan Champions
- (Indonesian) Official website of Liga Indonesia
- (Indonesian) Official website of PSSI
- (Indonesian) List of Indonesian Football Champions
- (Indonesian) Sejarah Persatuan Sepakbola Seluruh Indonesia (PSSI)
- List of Perserikatan champions in RSSSF
- "P.S.S.I. (inlandsche) Stedenwedstrĳden 1930-1950". Retrieved 11 October 2014.