- Blatter running for fifth term, opposed by Jordan's Prince Ali
- Congress opens two days after soccer officials arrested
FIFA’s presidential election comes two days after two vice presidents of the world soccer governing body were among 14 charged with corruption.
Sepp Blatter, 79, is running for a fifth term opposed by 39-year-old Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan.
The election will be conducted by a secret ballot of FIFA’s 209 member associations. A two-thirds majority, or 140 votes, is necessary to win in the first round. In subsequent rounds a simple majority is needed. The vote is expected during the afternoon in Zurich.
FIFA is divided into six regional confederations:
- Africa’s CAF, 54 associations
- Asia’s AFC, 46 members
- Europe’s UEFA, 53 members
- Concacaf, 35 members in North and Central America and the Caribbean
- Oceania, 11 members
- South America’s Conmebol, 10 nations
Statements and stories from earlier this week:
- CAF, AFC back Blatter
- UEFA calls for leadership change
- Blatter says working to regain trust
- Players union FIFPro questions governance
- U.S. Department of Justice indicts nine FIFA executives
- Most of seven arrested in Zurich fight extradition to U.S.
- Swiss authorities seize documents at FIFA
- England’s Football Association backs Prince Ali
- UEFA head Platini asks Blatter to resign