Jakarta Schools Football League
The 13th consecutive season of the Jakarta Schools Football League (JSFL) culminated in the annual Gala Day, proudly hosted at BSJ on a beautiful Saturday in May.
Over 1,500 players from schools across Jakarta contested 10 finals of the Greenfields Challenge Cup, a full-season knock-out competition. Awards were presented to all season winners and runners-up.
JSFL started in 1995, driven by the vision of a small group of BSJ (then BIS) parents. The league welcomes players aged six to 19, of all different abilities, and is structured to accommodate the range of teams that wish to play football. Core to the philosophy is that anyone can take part and enjoy the game.
Over the years, JSFL has grown from six schools and 12 teams into one of the world's largest schools football competitions. The season runs from January to May each year, bringing together a diverse and social community of players and supporters each weekend. In 2018, 168 teams from 58 schools fielded 2,750 students. There were 800 matches, held across nine venues, with over 60% of games played at BSJ.
BSJ remains the largest contributor to the league and, this year, entered 16 boys teams, comprising nearly 250 players, across all age groups. These teams showed well and were regulars on the podium on Gala Day. Work has already begun to source next season’s opposition for the many BSJ girls who wish to play.
This year, for the first time, coaches from Chelsea Football Academy were introduced to train the BSJ teams, in a departure from our traditional reliance on parent volunteer coaching. They bring a new level of professionalism and consistency to our football education, which will also benefit BSJ's teams in other competitions.