Fifa will elect their new president on Friday Getty

The 2016 Fifa Extraordinary Congress to elect a new president of world football's governing body takes place on 26 February at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.

Where and when to watch

Live coverage of the Extraordinary Fifa Congress will be streamed live via Fifa's official website. Coverage will begin at 7am (GMT) and will be available throughout the day, including concluding press conferences after the final vote. The actual election itself is number 11 on the itinerary for the day, so expect a long one.

How the vote works

Well, 207 of the 209 Fifa associations – with Kuwait and Indonesia barred from the proceedings – will cast their vote in a secret ballot in alphabetical order. If one candidate secure secures more than two thirds of the vote, he wins. And 138 votes will be enough to do that. A victory by these means seems unlikely. So in this instance, a second vote will be held where a simple majority vote will be enough to secure a win.

In the unlikely event where there is still no clear majority by this point, the candidate with the lowest share of the vote will be eliminated and a third vote is held. That process continues until one candidate secures a majority.

The candidates

Gianni Infantino – Uefa general secretary with 15 years of experience in football administration.

Notable support: Uefa, including English and Scottish Football Federations

Sheikh Salman – President of the Asian Football Confederation and current Fifa vice-president.

Notable support: Confederation of African Football (CAF) and his own confederation.

Jerome Champagne – former Fifa executive with 11 years' experience working within the governing body.

Notable support: Non-existent.

Tokyo Sexwale – Member of Fifa's anti-discrimination task force

Notable support: Even his own African federation has opted for someone else.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein – Member of the Jordanian royal family, current president of the Jordan Football Association and former president of the Asian Football Confederation.

Reform proposals

Fifa is also expected to pass a number of reforms during the congress ahead of the election of a new president. Each proposal will need the approval of three quarters of the 207 voting associations and will be made part of the new Fifa Statutes, which will come into effect on 26 April. The proposals will be centred of separation of powers, transparency, term limits and diversity.