The visiting FIFA-AFC crew on Thursday set deadlines to scrub up the Indian soccer mess, asking the stakeholders to get the structure of the nationwide federation authorized by July 31 and conduct elections by September 15, failing which the nation might be banned by the world physique. On the conclusion of its three-day go to of the nation, the crew, led by Asian Football (*15*) General Secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines must be adopted strictly. A FIFA ban would imply the Women’s U-17 World Cup, to be held in October, taken away from the nation.
“It has been made clear by the joint FIFA-AFC team that the deadlines will have to be strictly adhered to. If not, the country can be banned and U-17 Women’s World Cup will be taken away,” a prime supply, who’s aware about the discussions, instructed PTI on situation of anonymity.
“The FIFA wants enough time for the new office bearers to prepare for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, that is why the September 15 deadline for elections so that the elected office bearers can take charge by September 20.
“Now, the ball is within the CoA’s courtroom to assist the brand new structure of the AIFF get authorized by July 31. The state associations have additionally pledged all doable assist.” Last month, the Supreme Court ousted the Praful Patel-led dispensation in the AIFF and appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to frame a new constitution and hold elections for a new set of office bearers.
The next date or hearing is July 21 (though it is written July 23 on docket). Once the Supreme Court gives the green signal, the new constitution is expected to be approved within seven days.
The state associations in the morning passed a resolution to call a Special General Body Meeting within seven days of approval by the SC.
“We have handed a decision to name a General Body Meeting inside seven days of SC approval of the structure. Ultimately, the General Body must approve the brand new structure, in any other case it (structure) won’t be a legitimate doc,” a state association official said.
“After that we have now to ship it to FIFA for last approval.” The meeting, attended by 35 state associations, also passed a resolution to hold the AIFF elections within 30 days of the approval of the constitution by the General Body, instead of 50 days.
“We needed to go the decision to carry elections inside 30 days due to the quick time line. If we set 50 days, it will likely be tough to carry elections on September 15,” the state official said.
On its part, the CoA will collect all the suggestions/submissions from the stakeholders by June 30, and it will prepare a draft constitution by July 7. The draft will be circulated to invite for objections so that the final proposed constitution will be ready by July 15.
“The CoA feels that if the objections are raised afterward, there might be delays and it might be tough to satisfy the deadlines.” The visiting team met the representatives of the I-League and ISL clubs. It also met the ISL organisers FSDL. It later had a meeting with all the stakeholders together. This was the second time the delegation met the CoA.
In the meeting with I-League clubs, one participant suggested that the ISL should start promotion and relegation from this season itself.
On Wednesday, the visiting team met Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. On the first day of its visit, it met Patel, who is also a member of the powerful FIFA Council.
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