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FIFA lifts AIFF ban - India set to remain Women's U17 World Cup host

3:16 AM WAT 27/08/2022
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The ban on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been lifted, FIFA confirmed on Friday
  • FIFA has lifted its ban on AIFF.
  • India to remain hosts of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
  • FIFA's decision is taken after latest Supreme Court verdict.

WHAT HAPPENED? Less than two weeks after football governing body FIFA suspended AIFF, the ban has now been lifted.

The governing body had earlier announced the ban after it determined that there was undue influence from third parties in AIFF which is a violation of its statutes.

FIFA had also stated that the 'ban will be lifted once an order to set up a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs'.

Following the Supreme Court verdict earlier this week, which terminated the COA's authority, FIFA has deemed the AIFF fit to function without third party influence.

A statement from FIFA read:

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council has 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 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 AIFF’s 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 on 11-30 October 2022 will be held in India as planned."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 2022 U17 Women's World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India from October 11-30, will continue as planned.

India's national teams can now continue to play in any FIFA or AFC-recognised tournaments with the ban now no longer in place. Gokulam Kerala were forced to return from Tashkent as they were not allowed to participate in AFC competitions due to the ban. However, Indian clubs can now represent the country in continental tournaments