FIFA bans AIFF | What does this mean for the U-17 Women’s World Cup?

The Indian Football Federation (AIFF) had been suspended by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) “immediately due to undue interference by other parties”. The holding of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in October was jeopardized by the circumstances.

India is set to host the U17 Women’s World Cup from October 11 to 30, 2022. However, India would lose its hosting rights if the ban is not lifted. FIFA has previously said it is still considering moving the competition and will make a decision on the matter at a later date.

However, the World Cup can still be held in India as planned, provided the ban is lifted soon. Until the ban is lifted, Indian national teams are not allowed to participate in FIFA or AFC recognized competitions. Also, during the embargo, Indian clubs are not allowed to represent their nation in continental competitions.

FIFA said it was in contact with India’s Ministry of Youth and Sports to try to reach a compromise. AIFF’s suspension is linked to Praful Patel, the organization’s longtime president. He had left his post in May and the Indian Supreme Court had established a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to take over the management of the Indian FA.

A FIFA and AFC mission had also visited the country to examine the situation in this regard. The AIFF was nevertheless banned by the international football governing body. In a recent statement, FIFA stated unequivocally that “the ban will be lifted once an order to establish a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the administration of the AIFF will regain full control of the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF”.

Before being postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the U-17 Women’s World Cup competition was scheduled to take place in India in 2020. However, the organization of the competition in India is still uncertain considering of the suspension of the AIFF.

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