Amid the ongoing crisis at the All India Football Federation, the sport’s highest governing body, FIFA has suspended India immediately This decision also means that India will no longer be able to host the Under-17 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the country from October 11 to 30, 2022.
What does the ban mean for India?
While losing the rights to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup is a big blow, that’s not all. Whether it’s India’s men’s or women’s national teams, none of them can play against other national soccer teams even at the age-group level. The decision also disqualifies Indian soccer clubs from participating in the AFC Women’s Club Championships, AFC Cup and AFC Champions League .
However, domestic competitions such as the Indian Super League and I-League can continue as per the original schedule.
How will the ban be lifted?
Regarding the lifting of the ban, FIFA has explained to AIFF the proper procedure. The ban will be lifted when the AIFF replaces the FIFA Statutes.
FIFA’s statement on the matter reads:
The FIFA Council Bureau has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to the undue influence of third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.
The suspension will be lifted once the order to create a committee of administrators to take over the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee is lifted, and the AIFF administration will regain full control over the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF.
The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022™, to be held in India from October 11-30, 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned. FIFA is evaluating the next steps for the tournament and will refer the matter to the Council Bureau if and when necessary. FIFA is in constant constructive contact with the Indian Ministry of Youth and Sports and hopes that a positive outcome can still be reached.