How Friday’s FIFA presidential election will work

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FIFA’s extraordinary congress will take place on Friday in Switzerland as Sepp Blatter’s successor will finally be selected.

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Following the resignation of the 17-year leader of FIFA — and his subsequent six-year ban along with the head of UEFA Michel Platini — the main point of business on Friday is to elect one of five candidates as the new man in charge of world soccer’s governing body.

Whoever is voted in has one heck of a mess to clean up with both the U.S. and Swiss authorities currently investigating the organization and many of its members amid allegations of widespread bribery and corruption.

Before the voting takes place on Friday, the congress will also consist of talking about the following topics per a FIFA release: appointment of scrutineers, suspension or expulsion of a member, approval of the agenda, appointment of the agenda, appointment of five members to check the minutes, president’s address, reform of FIFA’s organizational structure, vote on proposals for amendments to FIFA’s statutes, election of replacement of members or judicial bodies.

These wide-ranging reforms will need to be voted in and agreed on by 75 percent of FIFA officials in order to be passed.

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In short, it will be a busy day and expect delays throughout, but the appointment of a new president is the main aim of this congress and the five candidates are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.

Here’s how the voting process will work on Friday in Zurich:

  • Each of the FIFA presidential candidates will address the congress for 15 minutes each, at around 7 a.m. ET
  • All of FIFA’s 209 member states (Indonesia and Kuwait excluded) will be invited to vote in alphabetical order in a secret ballot from 8:30 a.m. ET
  • If one candidate has more than two thirds of the votes after the first round, he will be the winner. Each round of voting will take around two hours
  • More than likely — due to entire confederations backing one candidate — a second round will be needed to determine the winner where a straight majority of votes will decide the winner
  • If a third round is necessary the candidate with the lowest number of votes in the previous round will be eliminated
  • The candidate with the most votes will become the new FIFA president for an initial four-year term and his total presidency will last no longer than 12 years