Indian Football | FIFA sets a deadline for approval of AIFF statutes and elections to avoid ban

At the end of its three-day visit to the country, the team, led by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines must be strictly met

At the end of its three-day visit to the country, the team, led by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines must be strictly met

The visiting FIFA AFC team set deadlines on Thursday to try and quell the Indian football chaos, urging stakeholders to have the national federation’s constitution approved by July 31 and hold elections by September 15, failing which it could Country to be banned from the world Bodywork.

At the end of its three-day visit to the country, the team, led by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines must be strictly met.

U-17 World Cup rights at stake

A FIFA ban would mean October’s U-17 Women’s World Cup being taken away from the country.

“The FIFA-AFC joint team has made it clear that the deadlines must be strictly met. If not, the country may be suspended and the U-17 Women’s World Cup may be taken away,” said a top source involved in the discussions is inaugurated, PTI said on condition of anonymity.

“FIFA wants the new officers to have enough time to prepare for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, so the 15 September election deadline has been set to allow for the elected officers to take office by September 20 be able.

“Now it is up to the CoA to adopt the new AIFF charter by July 31st. The state associations have also promised all conceivable help.”

Intervention of the Supreme Court

Last month, the Supreme Court ousted Praful Patel’s dispensation in the AIFF and appointed a three-person Committee of Administrators (CoA) to draft a new constitution and hold elections for a new set of officers.

The next date or hearing is July 21 (although the list says July 23). Once the Supreme Court gives the green light, the new constitution is expected to be adopted within seven days.

Special general meeting

The national associations decided in the morning to convene an extraordinary general meeting within seven days of the SC’s approval.

“We have passed a resolution to convene a meeting of the General Assembly within seven days of the SC approving the Constitution. Ultimately, the General Assembly must approve the new constitution, otherwise it (the constitution) is not a valid document,” a statement said.

“After that we have to send it to FIFA for final approval.”

The assembly, attended by 35 national associations, also passed a resolution to hold the AIFF elections within 30 days of the General Assembly’s approval of the constitution, rather than within 50 days.

“We had to make the decision to hold the elections within 30 days due to the short deadline. If we set 50 days, it will be difficult to hold the elections on September 15,” the state official said.

For its part, the CoA will collect all proposals/submissions from stakeholders by June 30th and prepare a draft constitution by July 7th. The draft is being circulated to submit objections for the final constitutional proposal to be ready by July 15th.

“The CoA believes that subsequent objections could cause delays and difficulties in meeting deadlines.”

The visiting team met the representatives of the I-League and ISL clubs. It also hit the ISL organizer FSDL. A meeting was later held with all those involved. This was the second time the delegation met the CoA.

Promotion-Relegation Suggestion

At the meeting with I-League clubs, one participant suggested that the ISL should start promotion and relegation itself starting this season.

On Wednesday, the visiting team met with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. On the first day of her visit, she met Patel, who is also a member of the powerful FIFA Council.

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