Fifa election 2016: What time is the presidential election? Who are the candidates? Where is it being held? And how does the vote work?

 
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The five candidates to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president

It's all change at Fifa today as the scandal-hit organisation convenes in Zurich to elect Sepp Blatter's successor as president and vote on a raft of reforms to its structure and values.

Five candidates are in the reckoning to up the mantle of leading football's governing body out of a period of continual corruption allegations, arrests and controversies into a brave new era - or so they claim.

Here's everything you need to know about today's election:

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When is it happening?

The election for president, 11th on a list of 12 agenda items at the congress, is likely to take place towards the end of the day although no time has been set such is the nature of a possible overrun thanks to self-congratulatory speeches often present at such events.

Where can I watch it?

Proceedings will be broadcast live on Fifa's official website and on YouTube as well as intermittent live coverage on Sky Sports News HQ.

Where is it being held?

Up to 627 delegates from 209 member associations and roughly 400 members of Fifa will cram into the Hallenstadion in Zurich, usually reserved for pop concerts and ice hockey games. Interpreters will translate every speech into English, French, Russian, German, Spanish and Arabic in an attempt to bring mutual understanding to the global gathering.

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Who are the candidates?


Left to right: Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali, Sheikh Salman, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino (Sorce: Getty)

Jerome Champagne

  • 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.

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.

Tokyo Sexwale

  • 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".

Gianni Infantino

  • 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.

Sheikh Salman

  • 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".

How does the vote work?

With Kuwait and Indonesia suspended, 207 votes will be cast to elect the new president of Fifa.

Here's how the process works: If a candidate wins two-thirds of the votes they will be automatically be elected president. If the margin is smaller, however, voting goes to a second round when only a simple majority is required.

Who will win?

Sheikh Salman and Infantino are the two clear front runners with both declaring they expect at least 100 votes ahead in the first round of voting.

Infantino has been publicly backed by European powers including Russia, Spain, France and England as well as the South American federation Conmebol.

Sheikh Salman is believed to have the votes of the majority of the AFC - and has been promised all nine votes from the East Asian Football Federation including Japan, China and South Korea - as well as much of Africa's votes.

Prince Ali has received public support from Australia, the USA and Egypt.

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