FIFA in Iraq to see if international matches will be allowed
The FIFA team's visit to the southern city followed a request from Iraqi Youth and Sports Minister Adnan Dirjal, who also heads the Iraqi Football Association, to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino for a review of conditions.
The Iraqi minister explained: "The purpose of the committee's visit to Basra is to determine the preparedness of the stadiums and the rest of the city's facilities, in addition to assessing the security situation for various Iraqi cities."
This will mean the committee "submitting its final report to the international federation [FIFA] after the completion of its visit. The committee consists of three individuals", Dirjal continued.
The FIFA team will spend four days in the country and then decide whether to reverse the ban.
Iraq is set to play key matches in the coming weeks against countries including Lebanon and the UAE in its campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA has repeatedly enforced restrictions on Iraq's ability to hold international football matches, due to the security situation in the country.
In 2018, Iraq hosted its first international club match for decades when local side Al-Zawraa played Lebanon's Al-Ahed in Karbala.