Although Indonesia’s professional soccer league, League 1, has suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, past and current Australian players are building connections through soccer to bring the two countries together. When Aryn Williams was approached by an agent who offered him the opportunity to play professional football in Indonesia, he first called his father, Eric Williams, who had coached in Indonesia for a decade. “Dad just said right away, ‘take the opportunity,'” said Williams. Williams explains that he knew nothing about Indonesia or its football before packing his bags. But what he discovered in Surabaya really surprised him. “Fanatic is the best word to describe it. The soccer team is like their church. You wake up and live and breathe football. The money they make at work goes into a new jersey …

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