It is understood that Monday will see the start of
Terry has already categorically denied the charge and is set to do so again in person - at what is said to be a secret London location - more than two months after being found not guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***".
The two players could come face to face again as the FA panel considers the case, barely a week after Ferdinand refused to shake Terry's hand before the latest west London derby at Loftus Road.
If found guilty over the coming days, Terry is likely to be banned, although reports suggest it may only be for four matches, possibly due to the complexity of a saga that had dragged on for almost a year.
The implications for Terry beyond any formal punishment could be more severe and there is likely to be pressure on both the FA and Chelsea to take further action against the 31-year-old, most notably by calling time on his England career.
The written judgment of the panel in the case of a guilty verdict may have a big say in determining the extent of the damage.
Terry's legal team will reportedly attempt to ensure they do not even get as far as considering a verdict.
The delegation, led by
That would involved citing FA rule 6.8, which governs disciplinary hearings and states that the results of relevant civil or criminal proceedings are "presumed to be correct and the facts presumed to be true" by FA commissions.
The FA will doubtless insist its charge against Terry is distinct from the racially-aggravated public order offence from which he was cleared in July.
Terry admitted in court saying "f****** black c***" but claimed it was used as part of a denial after he believed Ferdinand had accused him of using those words.
The panel who found Liverpool striker
The commission reported: "It is not necessary that the alleged offender intends his words or behaviour to be abusive or insulting."
The prosecution in Terry's trial was unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defender's words were an insult and not part of a genuine question.
Terry's legal team is likely to make the same point if the case goes that far in front of an FA panel which is able to reach verdicts on the balance of probability, a lower test than required in criminal cases.