The international football governing body, FIFA has announced that it has lifted the suspension from the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Last week, India was banned by FIFA due to third-party intervention.
The move was made after FIFA got a notification that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that was formed to take the authority of the AIFF Executive Committee had been revoked and that the AIFF management had taken total control over the AIFF’s daily operations. FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will closely monitor the case and will assist the AIFF in holding elections on time.
The AIFF will now be all set to hold elections on September 2. The previous AIFF President, Praful Patel was removed by the Supreme Court for its inability to hold elections for an extended period of time. Following an investigation by the Committee of Administrators, the previous president was compelled to resign.
The lifting of the ban implies that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, which is scheduled in India from October 11 to 30, 2022, will take place as planned. The World Cup is a massive opportunity for India because the host country’s national team is automatically qualified for the tournament’s main draw.