SC: FIFA Requires Democratically Elected AIFF To Oversee U-17 Women’s World Cup

India is set to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11, 2022. FIFA expects that a democratically elected body of AIFF should carry out the inauguration of under seventeen women’s tournaments. The Court was informed that such an elected body must be established by September 2022. The prominent bone of contention is that FDSL has had a pre-existing contract for conducting ISL since 2010, with validity until 2025.

The Supreme Court said it would not get into the commercial aspects of sports contracts, which are to be handled by a democratically elected body. The statement was made in reply to the concerns the Football Sports Development Ltd. (FSDL) raised about terms related to the pre-existing contract for operating the Indian Super League (ISL).

Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and former Indian football team Captain Bhaskar Ganguly were appointed as a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to bring the AIFF’s constitution in tandem with the National Sports Code. In May 2022, the SC appointed former SC Judge Justice AR Dave as the head of the COA to facilitate the elections and hand over the affairs of the democratically elected body in the Constitution of AIFF. The case has been adjourned to August 3rd, 2022.