FIFA sets deadlines for AIFF constitution adoption on July 31 and elections on September 15 to avoid suspension.

FIFA-AFC squad set deadlines to settle Indian football mess . They urge all parties to have national federations constitution approved by July 31 and hold elections by September 15 .

NEW DELHI (IANS) The visiting FIFA-AFC squad set deadlines on Thursday to settle the Indian football mess, urging all parties to have the national federation's constitution approved by July 31 and hold elections by September 15, unless the country is refused to be recognized by the world body.The team, led by Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines would have to be strictly followed at the conclusion of its three-day tour to the region.The Womens U-17 World Cup, which will be held in October, would be taken away from the country under a FIFA ban.The joint FIFA-AFC squad has stated that the deadlines will have to be strictly followed.

The FIFA wants to give the new office bearers enough time to prepare for the U-17 Womens World Cup, so the September 15 deadline for elections is set so that the elected office bearers will be able to take over by September 20.Now it's up to the CoAs to make the AIFF's current constitution compliant by July 31.All state associations have also pledged to their fullest assistance.Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the Praful Patel-led AIFF dispensation and elected a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to establish a new constitution and hold elections for a new cohort of office bearers.

The new constitution is scheduled to be adopted in seven days after the Supreme Court gives its approval.In the morning, the state associations called a special General Assembly meeting within seven days of having been approved by the SC.We have adopted a motion to schedule a General Body Meeting within seven days of the SC's acceptance of the constitution.According to a state association official, the General Body will eventually need to approve the new constitution, otherwise it will not be a valid document.

The meeting, which was attended by 35 state associations, also passed a bill requiring the AIFF elections to be held within 30 days of the General Body's acceptance of the constitution rather than 50 days.Because of the short timeline, we had to pass the bill to hold elections in 30 days.If we set 50 days, elections would be difficult on September 15, according to a state official.The CoA, on its part, will gather all the comments and feedback from the parties by June 30, and will draft a constitution by July 7.

If the concerns are raised later on, the CoA believes that they will result in delays and/or failure to meet the deadlines.The visiting team met with representatives from the I-League and ISL clubs.It also co-existed with the ISL organisers, the FSDL.It also had a consultation with all of the parties involved as a team.

One participant suggested that the ISL begin promotion and relegation from this season itself, in a meeting with I-League clubs.The visiting squad met with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday.It met Patel, who is also a member of the influential FIFA Council on the first day of its trip.