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1. Context
ON June 9, 2022, 48 hours before India were scheduled to face Afghanistan in a crucial Asian Cup qualifier in Kolkata, national football team coach Igor Stimac sent this message to Bhupesh Sharma, an astrologer from Delhi NCR, who was introduced to him by a top All India Football Federation (AIFF) official
FIFA readies 48-team World Cup as eyes turn to 2026 | The Business Standard
2. FIFA ban India 
  • As of now, the AIFF has been suspended by FIFA due to “third-party interference”. Third-party interference refers to a situation in which a member association of FIFA fails to remain independent, is co-opted, and no longer has control over its organisation
  • In this case, the SC’s diktat to the COA to run the AIFF was a textbook case of third-party interference, according to FIFA statutes.
  • The suspension means, firstly, no international football  and this applies to all national teams, across all age groups. It also applies to both men’s and women’s football, and to all club teams in India
  • The suspension also impacts international transfers, as well as any courses or developmental programs that AIFF officials could, or were taking part in.
  • This in effect means a total ban on all football-related activities outside India. However, the league in the country, as well as domestic transfers, can continue.
3. Committee of Administrators (COA)
  • A Committee of Administrators (CoA) is a group of people appointed by a court or other authority to manage the affairs of an organization that is not functioning properly. The CoA is typically composed of independent experts who are not affiliated with the organization.
  • In India, the CoA has been used to manage the affairs of several sports federations, including the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The CoA is typically appointed when the sports federation is facing allegations of corruption or mismanagement
  • The CoA has the power to take over the day-to-day operations of the sports federation, including the appointment of officials and the conduct of elections. The CoA also has the power to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement
  • The CoA is typically disbanded once the sports federation has been brought back to good standing. However, in some cases, the CoA may be appointed on a more permanent basis
4.All India Football Federation
  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is the national governing body of football in India. It is a member of FIFA, the international governing body of football and affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation and South Asian Football Federation. This federation also manages Futsal and Beach Soccer in India
  • The AIFF was founded on 23 June 1937 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The founding members were the Indian Football Association (IFA), the Army Sports Control Board, the North West India Football Association, the Bihar Olympic Association, the Western India Football Association, the Madras Football Association, the United Provinces Sports Control Board, the Mysore Football Association, and the Ajmer and Mewar Football Association
  • The AIFF is responsible for the development of football in India. It organizes the national football league, the Indian Super League, and the I-League. It also organizes the Indian national football team and the India women's national football team
  • The AIFF's mission is to grow and nurture the sport of football at all levels in India, from grassroots to the professional game.
Here are some key points about the All India Football Federation:
  1. Organizational Structure: The AIFF is structured with various committees, departments, and affiliated state associations, each responsible for specific aspects of football development and administration. It is affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA, the international governing body for football.

  2. National Teams: The AIFF oversees the national football teams of India, including the senior men's and women's teams, as well as various age-group teams, such as the under-17 and under-19 teams. These teams represent India in international competitions.

  3. I-League and Indian Super League (ISL): The AIFF administers the I-League, which is one of the top professional football leagues in India. In addition to the I-League, the AIFF is involved in the organization and regulation of the Indian Super League (ISL), another prominent professional football league in the country. The AIFF has worked to develop a roadmap for the integration of these leagues.

Previous Year Questions
1.Consider the following statements in respect of the Laureus World Sports Award which was instituted in the year 2000: (UPSC CSE, 2021)
1. American golfer Tiger Woods was the first winner of this award.
2. The award has been received mostly by ‘Formula One’ players so far.
3. Roger Federer received this award a maximum number of times compared to others.
Which of the above statements are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Answer (c)
1.An athlete participates in the Olympics for personal triumph and nation’s glory; victors are showered with cash incentives by various agencies, on their return. Discuss the merit of state sponsored talent hunt and its cultivation as against the rationale of a reward mechanism as encouragement. (UPSC GS2, 2014)
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