The diverse ballot list features a former anti-apartheid campaigner, two members of gulf state royal families, a former French diplomat and a bilingual lawyer.
Yet one thing that unites all five is prior experience in the often murky world of football governance and close ties to former members of the under-fire Fifa. Here's what you need to know:
- Current Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president.
- Believed to have backing of majority of Asian and African federations.
- Has backed 2018 and 2022 World Cups going ahead in Qatar and Russia.
- Has been accused of complicity in the torture of footballers involved in 2011 democracy protests. He has said the allegations are "nasty lies".
- Swiss lawyer and current Uefa general secretary with 15 years experience in football administration.
- Backed by the FA and a number of other Uefa federations including the FA.
- Former close ally of now-banned Michel Platini.
- Wants to expand World Cup to 40 teams and host it across regions.
- South African anti-apartheid campaigner who was jailed for 13 years alongside Nelson Mandela on Robben Island.
- Member of Fifa anti-discrimination task force.
- Served on the organising committee for 2010 World Cup but may have to combat allegations that the South African FA paid $10m bribe to Fifa officials - something it denies. Sexwale has described the allegations as "worrisome".
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein
- Lost to Sepp Blatter in May presidential election.
- Member of the Jordanian royal family.
- Current president of the Jordan Football Association and former president of the Asian Football Confederation.
- Only candidate to call for independent oversight of Fifa reform process.
- Former Fifa general secretary and spent 11 years working for the organisation.
- Has pledged to develop game in poorer nations and cut the number of European teams at the World Cup.