FIFA suspends All India Football Federation (AIFF)

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World football governing body FIFA has suspended the Football Federation of India (AIFF) with immediate effect due to third party interference.


  • The decision was taken unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.
  • The suspension has been decided due to undue influence of third parties, which is a serious violation of FIFA law.

  • The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022, to be held in India from 11-30 October 2022, will not take place in India as planned.

  • India's Supreme Court in May dissolved the AIFF and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF's constitution and hold elections pending for 18 months.

  • FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation sent a team led by AFC Secretary General Windsor John to meet the stakeholders of Indian football.

  • A roadmap was prepared by the team for the AIFF to amend the rules by the end of July and conclude the elections by 15 September.

  • Earlier, FIFA had threatened to suspend the Football Federation of India for third party interference.

How can the ban be lifted?

  • FIFA said the lifting of the ban needed to address two main concerns.

  • The mandate of the CoA has to be completely repealed.

  • To gain complete control over the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF administration.

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) :

  • It was established on May 21, 1904, by seven national associations — Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • It is the highest governing body of football in the world.

  • It is a non-profit organisation.

  • It regulates football and promotes football around the world.

  • It is modernising football to be global, accessible and inclusive in all aspects.

  • FIFA currently consists of 211 member countries. It is headquartered in Zurich and its current president is Gianni Infantino.

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