Shin Tae-yong has been tasked with leading the Indonesian national team to secure qualification for the 2026 World Cup.

Indonesian national team manager, Sumardji, has asked Shin Tae-yong to guide the Red and White Team to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Certainly, this will be a very tough challenge for the Indonesian national team coach.

The possibility remains for the Indonesian national team to progress to the 2026 World Cup

Currently, the Indonesian national team will compete in the Third Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone.

Indonesia is grouped in Group C along with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and China.

The Third Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone will take place from September 2024 to June 2025.

In this round, the Indonesian national team has a chance to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The requirement is for Indonesia to finish in first or second place in the final standings of Group C in the Third Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone.

If Indonesia fails to finish in first or second place, then the Garuda squad must finish in third or fourth place.

This is because finishing in these positions will allow the Indonesian national team to advance to the Fourth Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone.

In the Fourth Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone, there is still a chance for the Indonesian national team to qualify.

The requirement is for Indonesia to finish in first place in the final standings of the group in the Fourth Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone.

From the start I only emphasized the importance of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

“Whether it’s through the third round, fourth round, or playoffs,” said Sumardji to Wasit.id.

So far, there have been no specific targets requested by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) to Shin Tae-yong.

Currently, Shin Tae-yong has been in South Korea since mid-June 2024.

Shin Tae-yong is expected to return to Indonesia by the end of July 2024.

This is because PSSI wants Shin Tae-yong to start preparing the team for matches on September 5 and 10, 2024.

Scheduled, the Indonesian national team will face Saudi Arabia away on September 5, 2024.

After that, the Indonesian national team will host Australia on September 10, 2024.

“But maybe you can ask again to Mr. Erick Thohir for what the real targets are,” said Sumardji.

6 Key Players of the Indonesian National Team Highlighted by FIFA After Qualifying for the Third Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

The Indonesian national team received FIFA’s spotlight after qualifying for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in the Asian zone.

Indonesia secured a place in the third round of the 2026 Asian World Cup Qualifiers by finishing in second place in the second round, just behind Iraq.

Indonesia qualified with a record of 10 points from six matches in the second round.

Currently, the Garuda team already knows their opponents in the third round.

In Group C, the Indonesian national team will compete against Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and China.

Coached by Shin Tae-yong, the team will play 10 matches from September 2024 to June 2025.

The Indonesian national team has a better chance to qualify for the final round of the 2026 World Cup.

The Red and White Team must finish in first or second place to directly qualify for the final round of the 2026 World Cup.

Indonesia’s maiden journey in the third round will begin on September 5, 2024.

At that time, the Indonesian national team will travel to Saudi Arabia’s home ground.

Shin Tae-yong’s team received high praise from FIFA’s official website.

This is because Indonesia successfully blended young talents with experienced players.

“FIFA’s official website highlighted, ‘The blend of promising talents and seasoned players fills Indonesia with optimism as they approach the third round of World Cup qualifiers in Asia.'”

FIFA’s official website praised six players, each representing two different generations.

FIFA mentioned Marselino Ferdinan, Rizky Ridho, and Witan Sulaeman as representatives of Indonesia’s younger generation.

These three names played a crucial role in guiding Indonesia to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup.

Moreover, they helped the Indonesian U-23 team reach the semifinals of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup.

“However, Indonesia has proven that they are not overly concerned with what is written on paper,” said FIFA’s official website.

“The Garuda squad showcases a unique mix of youthful vigor and seasoned experience, bolstered by promising talents such as Marselino Ferdinan, Rizky Ridho, and Witan Sulaeman,” he noted.

Their contribution is very important for the Indonesian team to advance to the last 16 of the 2023 AFC U-23 Asian Cup and the semifinals of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup.

Meanwhile, FIFA mentioned three names representing the experienced players in the national team squad.

The individuals in question are Jordi Amat, Sandy Walsh, and Thom Haye.

The first two names became Indonesian citizens in 2022, but Sandy Walsh made his debut in 2023.

Meanwhile, Thom Haye made his debut for the Indonesian national team in 2024 but has a wealth of experience in the Dutch League and the Dutch national team at the youth level.

“They have added strength to the team filled with experienced players like Jordi Amat, Thom Haye, and Sandy Walsh,” it added.

FIFA Highly Praises Indonesian National Team after Qualifying for the Third Round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

FIFA has hailed the achievements of the Indonesian national team after advancing to the third round of the 2026 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The increase in World Cup participants to 48 teams has opened up new opportunities for many countries.

One of the countries that has successfully seized this opportunity is Indonesia.

Indonesia can advance to the third round by securing second place in Group F.