FIFA is to take the first step towards holding the 2022 World Cup in winter after its executive committee agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament.
The meeting in Zurich ended on Friday morning with the world governing body deciding to set up the commission, FIFA sources have confirmed to Press Association Sport.
The commission's members will be drawn from across the game and will aim to represent all the major stakeholders, but will not make any decision on timing until after next year's World Cup.
It is understood there was no discussion about who would head the commission or its members, only that FIFA's administration would draw up a list of suitable candidates.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those expected to be approached.