FIFA has suspended the Indian football federation with immediate effect because of
“undue influence from third parties”
“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India
Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third
parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said in a
“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators
to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the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.”
On May 18, the Supreme Court had ousted Praful Patel as AIFF president for not
holding elections due in December 2020 and appointed a three-member Committee
of Administrators (CoA), headed by former top court judge A.R. Dave, to manage the
affairs of the AIFF.
The CoA also had to frame its constitution in line with the National Sports Code and
The FIFA though is not closing all options for India as it said it is in talks with the
sports ministry and hopeful of a positive outcome regarding the women’s age group
“The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, scheduled to
take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as
planned. FIFA is assessing the next steps with regard to the tournament and will refer
the matter to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary.
“FIFA is in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and
Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be
On August 5, FIFA had threatened to suspend the AIFF and strip of its right to host
the women’s U-17 World Cup, days after the Supreme Court’s directive to hold
elections of the national federation.
The Supreme Court on August 3 directed the executive committee of the AIFF to
expeditiously hold elections as per the schedule proposed by the CoA, which is
currently running the affairs of the national federation.
The elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process began on August 13, as
the top court approved the timeline prepared by the CoA.