Fifa has failed to reach an agreement on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Fifa had been expected to announce the deadline for when bids had to be submited and reveal if bidding for both tournaments would happen simultaneously.
But a decision is now likely to be made during Fifa’s next meeting in December.
“I think it is a sensible decision and one which the Fifa president (Sepp Blatter) agreed with,” said executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer.
“Many of the associations had only heard about this idea to award both tournaments simultaneously through the media, so delaying the decision gives us all more time to discuss the proposal and hear people’s thoughts on it.”
Blatter is due to hold a news conference to discuss further details from the meeting later on Friday.
Belgium and Holland have formally declared a joint bid for 2018 and England’s Football Association has confirmed it will bid for the event, while further competition is expected to come from the United States, Mexico, Spain, China and Australia.