FIFA is to take the first step towards holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter after its executive committee agreed to set up a commission to look into moving the tournament.
The meeting in Zurich ended this 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, and 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 from across the game.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is among those expected to be approached.
FIFA are looking at moving the tournament in Qatar due to the extreme heat in June and July, when the World Cup is due to be held.
Qatar World Cup organisers insist they can hold it an any time of the year, using cooling technology to lessen the effect of the heat.
The executive committee also discussed an investigation into the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to visit the Middle Eastern country to raise his concerns in person.