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  • 19 August, 2022

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FIFA Banned India

FIFA Banned India

The All-India Football Federation (AIFA), the nation's highest administrative authority, has recently been suspended by FIFA, the world's governing body of the sport, for improper interference by outside parties.

Events that led to the ban

  • The current set of issues for Indian football started when the former AIFF president, Praful Patel, who was also a member of the FIFA council, refused to resign from his position as the nation's head of football.
  • But on May 18, the Supreme Court intervened and removes Praful Patel from the post. The SC also appointed a Committee of Administrators (COA) to run the AIFF. The setting up of this COA is where the contentious relationship with FIFA began, which eventually led to the ban.

What is Third-party interference?

  • Third-party interference refers to a situation in which a member association of FIFA fails to remain independent, is co-opted, and no longer has control over its organization.
  • The Committee of Administrators to run the AIFF was a case of third-party interference.


No international play:

  • All national teams, regardless of age, are affected, and there will be no international play during the suspension.
  • It also applies to all club teams in India and to both men's and women's football.
  • Additionally, the suspension affects any overseas transfers and any courses or professional development programs that AIFF officials might have been able to enroll in.
  • This effectively means that no football-related activities are allowed to take place outside of India.
  • However, local transactions and the national league can both go on.
  • It's possible that the Gokulam Kerala women's squad, which is now on its way to Qarshi, Uzbekistan for the AFC Women's Club Championship, won't be able to take part in it.
  • Additionally, it revoked the nation's privilege to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2022, which was slated to run from October 11 to October 30.
  • The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, scheduled in India in October and the tickets for which had gone on sale, is under threat — as are most other aspects of Indian football.

Way Forward

  • According to FIFA, two major issues must be resolved before the ban may be rescinded.
  • The COA's mandate would have to be completely revoked.
  • The day-to-day management of the AIFF would once more be entirely under the control of the administration.
  • It demanded that the AIFF constitution be amended in accordance with FIFA and the AFC's rules and that the election is held within the organization's current membership structures, which are solely based on state associations.

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Source: The Indian express

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