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FIFA selects Feb 26 for presidential election following Blatter's decision to resign

  • FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein attends a press conference for the launch of his FIFA presidency campaign, in London. Former FIFA presidential candidate Ali saied Sepp Blatter must leave now as head of the sport's governing body. Prince Ali said the scandal-scarred FIFA needs an interim leader from outside soccer to oversee the next election and modernizing reforms, in a statement to The Associated Press, Monday, July 20, 2015, Prince Ali says "President Blatter's resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now."(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein attends a press conference for the launch of his FIFA presidency campaign, in London. Former FIFA presidential candidate Ali saied Sepp Blatter must leave now as head of the sport's governing body. Prince Ali said the scandal-scarred FIFA needs an interim leader from outside soccer to oversee the next election and modernizing reforms, in a statement to The Associated Press, Monday, July 20, 2015, Prince Ali says "President Blatter's resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now."(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Journalists are  reflected in the FIFA logo as they wait in front of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich prior to the press conference of the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee  in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, July 20, 2015. FIFA executives were meeting Monday to choose a presidential election date.   (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

    Journalists are reflected in the FIFA logo as they wait in front of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich prior to the press conference of the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, July 20, 2015. FIFA executives were meeting Monday to choose a presidential election date. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The  FIFA headquarter in Zurich photographed prior to the press conference of the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at their  headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, July 20, 2015.   FIFA executives were meeting Monday to choose a presidential election date.  (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

    The FIFA headquarter in Zurich photographed prior to the press conference of the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, July 20, 2015. FIFA executives were meeting Monday to choose a presidential election date. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body.

The date was chosen by FIFA's executive committee on Monday, after Blatter announced plans to resign four days following his re-election in May.

FIFA is reeling under the weight of American and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption, which led to 14 officials being indicted in May when Blatter won a fifth term.

FIFA's 209 members will return to Zurich next year to select a new president almost than nine months after Blatter's resignation statement.

Potential contenders include UEFA President Michel Platini and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in May.

Former Brazil great Zico and Liberia football federation president Musa Bility have said they will seek the five nominations required.