Downsizing of AIFF executive committee & age related tenure among contentious issues in draft constitution

Downsizing of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee and the purview of a restrictive clause are reportedly among the multiple objections raised by Indian Football’s state associations in the CoA’s proposed draft constitution.

The FIFA-AFC delegation had recently conducted a three-day visit of the country where they met with various stakeholders in Indian Football and set a deadline of July 31 for approval of the new constitution and staging of subsequent elections by September 15.

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) are framing the new constitution as per FIFA’s statutes and the National Sports Code, with it emerging that a section of AIFF’s state associations have objected to the reduction in the AIFF’s executive committee size, which has been trimmed from the existing 17 to eight in the draft constitution. The state FAs want it to be expanded to 24 or at least kept at the existing 17.

Apart from its president and treasurer, five vice presidents (one from each zone), and two members each from every zone constitute the executive committee. The general secretary is an appointee and hence not included in the ExCo.

The elections are contested for the post of president, treasurer, vice presidents and ExCo members. No election occurs for the secretary since a salaried professional is appointed for that position, as per the existing AIFF charter.

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