At the last FIFA Executive Committee held on 29 September 2009, the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) was granted until 30 April 2010 to adopt new statutes and to elect a new board. It was stressed that this process had to be completed without interference from the governmental authorities.
FIFA is concerned that some quarters in the Iraqi government might be trying to force earlier elections or otherwise interfere in the process. If it should be the case, FIFA would have no choice but to immediately refer the issue to the FIFA Emergency Committee in order to decide about an IFA suspension.
FIFA appeals to all stakeholders in Iraq to respect the autonomy of sport in general and the IFA in particular and to allow IFA to conduct its affairs according to its statutes and those of FIFA.