The Union Government of India moved an application in the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking an end to the mandate of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) role in the executive committee of the AIFF. This move by the government indicates that they want the FIFA ban on All India Football Federation (AIFF) revoked quickly.
On August 15, 2022, the world governing body of association football, FIFA banned AIFF for a third-party influence in its working and stated that the women's U-17 world cup "cannot currently be held in India as planned".
To salvage the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, starting in October, the Indian government has virtually accepted all the demands of FIFA, in its application to the Supreme Court.
The application read, "...this Hon'ble Court may be pleased to ... direct that day-to-day management of AIFF shall be looked after by the AIFF administration led by the acting Secretary General to the exclusion of the earlier elected body and the CoA will have no role in the administration of AIFF from 22.08.2022.
"... to require the CoA to submit the final draft constitution to this Hon'ble Court by the end of 23.08.2022, and that the mandate of the COA be declared to be over in full from 23.08.2022."
The government asked the SC to intervene in the matter and save the hosting rights of the women's age-group showpiece. "An indulgence by this Hon'ble Court is the only way forward and will serve a larger interest of the nation.
"This Hon'ble Court has the power to do complete justice and this would be one of those rarest of rare case where this Hon'ble Court may, if required, bend any procedural rules to do complete justice."