Persija was founded on November 28, 1928, with name VIJ (Voetbalbond Indonesische Jakarta). VIJ was one of the clubs which set up Persatuan Sepakbola Seluruh Indonesia(PSSI) with its representative, with BIVB Bandung, SIVB Surabaya, MIVB (PPSM Magelang), MVB(PSM Madiun), VVB and PSM at Societeit Hadiprojo, Yogyakarta, 19 April 1930. At the time of the Dutch East Indies, the name of Persija is beginning VIJ (Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra). Post-Republic of Indonesia back to the form of a unitary state, VIJ renamed Persija (Football Association of Indonesia, Jakarta). At that time, NIVU (Nederlandsch Indisch Voetbal Unie) as a rival organization PSSI still there. On the other side, VBO (Voetbalbond Batavia en Omstreken) as a bond (the union) Persija match there as well. Regardless of the fate or not, along with Indonesian state sovereign, NIVU inevitably be disbanded. Perhaps also because of social and political is not conducive (to support). The atmosphere is finally spreading to the members, among others VBO. In mid-1951, VBO meeting to disperse (liquidation) and encourage him to join Persija. In its development, the VBO join Persija. In the triangular tournament of friendship, a joint Indonesian national players who joined in Persija "new" is confronted with the Dutch and Tionghoa. This is the result: Persija (Indonesia) bt Netherlands 3-3 (June 29, 1951), Netherlands vs. Tionghoa 4-3 (June 30, 1951), and Persija (Indonesia) vs Tionghoa 3-2 (July 1, 1951). All matches took place in the field BVC Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta.
- Champions: 10
- 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979
- Runner - Up: 8
- 1932, 1951, 1952, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988
- Champions: 10
- Liga Indonesia
Performance in AFC competitions
- Asian Club Championship: 1 appearance
- 2002: Qualifying - 1st round
Persija Jakarta's supporters call themselves The 'Jakmania'. They are amongst Indonesia's most passionate and fanatical supporters. The growth of Jakmania can be felt both inside and outside the stadium — now there are upward of 35,000 supporters at each home match. There are more than 50,000 registered members.
A registered member is given a special T-shirt, which has the words: Gue Anak Jakarta, which means I am a Jakarta kid. It helps new members identify themselves as Jakartans. After a year, they are given a T-shirt that says “Satu Jakarta Satu,” or One Jakarta One. “They have to agree there is only one Jakarta, . Then after two years of membership, another T-shirt with “Jakmania 12,” to represent the twelfth player of Persija, is issued to supporters. After three years of active membership, they will wear a different T-shirt according to the theme of the year was founded with a mentality of “the Ultras,” a category of football supporters. Other categories are the spectators, individuals who are not organized, who love the game and often do not affiliate with any clubs; and the hooligans are the very fanatics who do not hesitate to use violence to support their clubs. the ultras are organized supporters, with an organizational tree and structure. “ Jakmania have 48 field coordinators. The Jakmania not only in the Jakarta area alone. But outside of Jakarta was already there, such as Jak Semarang, Jak Jogja, Jak Karawang, Jak Depok, Jak Bogor, Jak Solo, Surabaya Jak even really be in the "enemy". Supporter groups, characterized by the color orange was once a supporter favorite soccer 2003 version of ANTV-award and the best supporters in the Cup 2008 Indonesia. They're also the big enemy of Persebaya Surabaya, Bonekmania. They did it since Perserikatan era.