The visiting FIFA-AFC team on Thursday set deadlines to clean up the mess in Indian football, asking stakeholders to get the national federation’s constitution approved by July 31 and hold elections by here on September 15, otherwise the country could be banned from the world. body. At the end of their three-day visit to the country, the team, led by Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Windsor John, made it clear that deadlines will have to be strictly adhered to. A FIFA ban would mean the U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held in October, would be withdrawn from the country.
“It has been made clear by the joint FIFA-AFC team that the deadlines will have to be strictly adhered to. Otherwise the country may be banned and the U-17 Women’s World Cup will be scrapped,” a senior source said. is aware of the discussions, PTI said on condition of anonymity.
“FIFA wants newly elected women to have enough time to prepare for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, which is why the September 15 TSWT for elections so that elected women can take office by September 20.
“Now the ball is in the CoA’s court to help the new AIFF constitution be approved by July 31. The state associations have also pledged all possible assistance.” Last month, the Supreme Court ousted the Praful Patel-led dispensation in the AIFF and appointed a three-member Committee of Trustees (CoA) to draft a new constitution and hold elections for a new set of members. from the office.
The next date or hearing is July 21 (although it says July 23 on the register). Once the Supreme Court gives the green signal, the new constitution should be approved within seven days.
The state associations in the morning passed a resolution to call a special general meeting within seven days of approval by the SC.
“We have passed a resolution to call a General Assembly within seven days of the SC approving the constitution. Ultimately, the General Assembly will have to approve the new constitution or it (the constitution) will not be a valid document,” one state said. said the head of the association.
“After that, we have to send it to FIFA for final approval.” The meeting, which was attended by 35 state associations, also passed a resolution to hold AIFF elections within 30 days of the approval of the constitution by the General Assembly, instead of 50 days.
“We had to pass the resolution to hold elections within 30 days because of the short TSWT. If we set 50 days, it will be difficult to hold elections on September 15,” the state official said.
For its part, the CoA will collect all suggestions/submissions from stakeholders by June 30 and prepare a draft constitution by July 7. The draft will be circulated to invite objections so that the proposed final constitution is ready by July 7. July 15th.
“The CoA believes that if objections are raised later, there could be delays and it could be difficult to meet deadlines.” The visiting team met with representatives of the I-League and ISL clubs. He also met the organizers of the ISL FSDL. He then had a meeting with all the stakeholders together. This was the second time the delegation met the CoA.
During the meeting with the I-League clubs, a participant suggested that the ISL should start promotion and relegation already this season itself.
On Wednesday, the visiting team met with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. On the first day of his visit, he met Patel, who is also a member of the powerful FIFA Council.
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