Indonesian Football: A Bibliometric Analysis and Perspectives

Mahir Pradana1, *, Hanifah Putri Elisa1, Adrianza Putra2
1 Department of Business Administration, Telkom University, Jawa Barat 40527, Indonesia
2 Department of Management, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia

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Football is one of the most popular sports in Indonesia, where millions of people follow the game. In spite of its popularity, Indonesia has little information about the sport from the academic sector. This study gap is concerning because it limits the scholars’ ability to comprehend the effects of the sport on Indonesian society, culture, and the economy.


The formulation of plans and programs to raise the caliber and level of competition in Indonesian football is also hampered by a lack of research. In order to give some insights into how academics have so far researched Indonesian football, we undertook a bibliometric study. This article also discusses the difficulty of incorporating a sports context into the literature on social ecosystems, adding contribution by integrating ideas from previous works of literature. To get a deeper understanding of the growth of Indonesian football literature in the 2000s and 2010s, we performed a bibliometric study of football publications in several databases.


The issues raised in this study will be considered in light of recent advancements in sports science, society, and technology.


We inferred numerous relevant subject clusters from this study, such as “training,” “competition,” and “development.” The implications of the research and its potential for future directions are also discussed in this article.

Keywords: Football, Sport, Indonesia, Bibliometric analysis, Soccer, Review.