Things need to know about FIFA and its election

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Football's governing body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is responsible for the organisation of the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.

All about FIFA

Below are the things need to know about FIFA

  • The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law.
  • It was founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. 
  • It has 209 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football.
  • FIFA statutes can only be made by the FIFA Congress and require a three-quarter majority of the associations present and eligible to vote.

FIFA Election 2015

  • Sepp Blatter, 79, is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president.
  • He is being challenged by the Jordanian, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, 39.
  • It will be a secret ballot, and all FIFA's 209 member states have a vote each. Members vote in alphabetical order.
  • In the first round, if either of the candidates wins two-thirds of the vote, a total of 140 votes if everyone takes part, then he wins.
  • If there is no outright winner at the end of the first round, a candidate would need to win only a straight majority in a second round of voting.
  • Not all FIFA members are countries, and all have an equal vote.

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