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Indian women footballers face uncertain future after FIFA ban

A pedestrian walks past a women’s football mural in Navi Mumbai in January

NEW DELHI – India’s women footballers are in despair and uncertain about the future after a FIFA ban saw the country stripped of a major international tournament and left its best team in limbo.

The sport’s world governing body this week suspended the national federation “due to undue influence from third parties” — member associations must be free from legal and political interference.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been plagued by governance issues.

The indefinite suspension had an immediate impact on Indian football, men and women, from professional down to grassroots.

The under-17 Women’s World Cup, set to begin in India on October 11, will…

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