Business Standard

Indian women footballers witness uncertain future as FIFA bans AIFF

In a country obsessed with Cricket, women footballers have defied the scant investment and tried their best to make inroads in the game, but have only gone as far as getting muted recognition

India vs Brazil football match

Representative Image

BS Web Team
International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on August 15 banned the All India Football Federation (AIFF), citing "undue influence from third parties".

The suspension means that the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, which was slated to take place in India between October 11 and October 30, 2022, would now have to be moved to further date.

Amid the ban, Indian women footballers are now in despair and are uncertain about their future. This indefinite suspension has had an immediate impact not only on just Indian football, but also on professionals down to the grassroots.

The Under-17 Women's World

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Aug 19 2022 | 8:16 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to