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FIFA lifts ban on AIFF; allows India to host Women's U-17 WC

FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation

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The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to lift the suspension that was imposed on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) due to undue third-party influence.

The decision was taken after FIFA received confirmation that the mandate of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that was set up to assume the powers of the AIFF executive committee had been terminated and that the AIFF administration had regained full control of the daily affairs.

FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation and will support the AIFF in organising its elections in a timely manner.

As a consequence, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 scheduled to take place from October 11-30 will be held in India as planned.

FIFA had suspended the AIFF on August 15 for "undue influence from third parties". It is the first time the federation was banned by FIFA in its 85-year history.

On August 22, AIFF had requested the FIFA to lift the ban imposed on it, following Supreme Court's decision to terminate the mandate of the CoA as demanded by the sport's world governing body.

The Supreme Court modified its earlier orders to facilitate the revocation of the suspension and the holding of the Under-17 Women's World Cup in India.

The three-member CoA, headed by former Supreme Court judge A.R. Dave, had been overseeing the affairs of the AIFF since the May 18 SC order. The other two members of the CoA were former chief election commissioner S.Y. Qureshi and ex-Indian football team captain Bhaskar Ganguly.

The top court had also postponed the August 28 elections of the AIFF by one week to allow a changed electoral college and the start of the nomination process.


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