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FIFA Lifts Suspension; India To Host U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022

The All India Football Federation’s suspension from FIFA, the world’s governing body of football, was lifted on Friday. This means that India will continue to serve as the host nation for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in October 2022. 

According to FIFA’s official statement, “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 decision was made after FIFA received confirmation that the committee of administrators’ mandate, which had been in place to take over the AIFF Executive Committee’s authority, had been terminated and that the AIFF administration had reclaimed complete control of the AIFF’s day-to-day operations,” reads a statement from FIFA.

“FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation and will support the AIFF in organising its elections in a timely manner,” FIFA wrote.

“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 statement concluded.

FIFA had suspended the AIFF on August 15 for “undue influence from third parties” and had said the U-17 Women’s World Cup “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.

On Tuesday, the AIFF had requested the FIFA to lift the ban imposed on it following Supreme Court’s decision to terminate the mandate of Committee of Administrators.

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