Leaders of a possible UK and Ireland bid to host the 2030 World Cup could be called to give evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry.

A decision on whether to launch a bid for the centenary finals is likely to be made next year, when the formal bidding process is confirmed by world football's governing body FIFA.

The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee will initially seek written submissions on the challenges facing any potential bid, and examine how the success of how staging the World Cup, and other major cultural and sporting events, could be measured.

It is expected that individuals would be called to give oral evidence to the committee at a later date.

The Irish and British governments have already committed money to fund a feasibility study to assess the pros and cons of a joint bid for 2030, while new FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill has described the prospect of Ireland hosting games as "absolutely credible"

Any such bid could face competition from within Europe, with a joint Spain-Portugal bid a possibility.

A group of South American nations could also submit a hosting proposal, with Uruguay having hosted the inaugural finals in 1930.

If FIFA changes the bid regulations which were in place for the 2026 World Cup, it would open up the possibility of China entering the race too.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has promised that the process will be "bullet-proof" after wide-ranging allegations of corruption around the votes for the 2018 and 2022 finals back in 2010.

It is expected that a decision on who will host the 2030 finals will be taken at the 2024 FIFA Congress.