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FIFA lifts ban on AIFF, U-17 Women’s World Cup to go ahead in India

The lifting of the ban on All India Football Federation (AIFF) means that the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to take place in India from October 11-30, will be held in the country as planned.

FIFA has lifted the suspension that was imposed on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) due to undue third-party influence. “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 FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA further 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 AFC will continue to monitor the situation and will support the AIFF in conducting its elections in a timely manner.

India’s top court disbanded the AIFF in May 2022 and appointed a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and conduct elections that have been pending for 18 months, leading to FIFA’s suspension.

Earlier this week, AIFF’s Acting General Secretary Sunando Dhar informed FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura that the Supreme Court had directed the full repeal of the CoA mandate to ensure the AIFF had full charge of its daily affairs.

“The decision (to lift the ban) 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,” FIFA added in the statement.

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