FIFA elections: Who will win soccer’s top job?

FIFA President: Who's in the running?

Soccer's scandal-hit governing body FIFA holds the election of a new president today in Switzerland.

Representatives from 209 nations from around the world will vote for a successor to disgraced former leader Sepp Blatter. The first round of voting is expected from 13:30 GMT.

Delegates this morning voted through a package of reforms, including limits on a president's term and the disclosure of salaries, in an attempt to rescue FIFA from its current crisis.

The soccer organization is still under investigation from both U.S. and Swiss authorities over FIFA's awarding of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and allegations that top soccer officials took bribes.

Three of the soccer's top administrators, Blatter, general secretary Jerome Valcke and UEFA president Michel Platini have all received lengthy bans from holding office.

CNBC takes a look at the candidates:

Bookie’s favourite

Sheikh Salman of Bahrain is considered the favourite, having gained the support of both the Asian Football Confederation, of which he is president, and the Confederation of African Football. Odds 2/5

The safe pair of hands

Gianni Infantino in 2016.
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Gianni Infantino is also viewed as a strong contender. The Swiss-Italian has been the general secretary of UEFA since 2009. He has been publicly backed by the English football association. Odds 7/4

The reformer

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Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein was the runner-up to Sepp Blatter in the 2015 election. He has taken a strong stand against the existing regime and has pledged more investment in the women's game. Odds 8/1

The businessman

Tokyo Sexwale is a South African diamond magnate. Until 1990 he was a political prisoner and says, if elected, he will funnel more cash towards poorer footballing nations. He had odds of 25/1 but during a speech on Friday, he announced he was pulling out of the race.


Jerome Champagne is now an outsider according to the bookmakers. With more than a decade's experience as a top FIFA administrator, his ties to Blatter look to have hampered his chances. Odds 66/1

The odds at the time of this report were taken from William Hill.