“We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA
Council in Bogota.
Iraq will host Qatar and Syria for a friendly tournament starting on March 21 in Basra. “FIFA has given the green light for the resumption but the organisers of the championship must take the final decision,” added Infantino.
Friday’s decision followed an international friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra on February 28, their first on Iraqi soil in 40 years.
The ban, covering all but domestic matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.