FIFA's Gianni Infantino has meeting to discuss lifting Indonesia ban

A delegation of Indonesian officials met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Zurich on Tuesday, raising hope that the Southeast Asian nation's global ban may soon be lifted.

Since last May, Indonesia has been suspended from football's governing body because of political interference from the federal government, which is forbidden under FIFA rules.

The ban brought the Indonesia Super League (ISL) to a grinding halt and saw the national side barred from 2018 AFC World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying.

But with Infantino taking over as FIFA President in February, there's renewed hope that Indonesia may soon earn a reprieve.

Infantino met a delegation from Indonesia that included Erick Thohir, chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, and Agum Gumelar, chairman of the PSSI, Indonesia's football association.

According to a FIFA statement, discussions were "fruitful" with a "genuine desire" to find a solution to the impasse.

"The objective of the meeting at the home of FIFA in Zurich was to discuss various issues linked to the situation of the PSSI," the statement said.

"In-depth and very fruitful discussions were held and all parties shared the genuine desire to resolve the suspension of the PSSI as soon as possible."

Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest football nation, yet has never lifted the AFF Suzuki Cup and has won only two of 12 matches in four appearances in the AFC Asian Cup.