FIFA lifts ban on Indian federation

World body says country will host U-17 Women’s World Cup as planned after AIFF handed back control of affairs

AFP August 27, 2022


The under-17 Women's World Cup will go ahead in India from October 11 after world governing body FIFA lifted a suspension on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday.

The AIFF had been plagued by governance issues, and was subsequently suspended on August 19 by FIFA "due to undue influence from third parties" – member associations must be free from legal and political interference.

The ban impacted all football there from men and women, from professional down to grassroots, including the scrapping of the under-17 Women's World Cup.

But Friday the FIFA Council decided to lift the suspension after a temporary mandate of administrators proved successful.

AIFF have now been handed back full control of daily affairs pending fresh elections, FIFA said.

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

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

The AIFF's troubles saw former chief Praful Patel remain in office beyond his term without fresh elections.

FIFA ruled his presidency invalid and appointed administrators to stage fresh elections.