By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports

Following the investigations into corruption allegations of many high level executives, FIFA said that they would have more transparency. Well, after a month of not hearing too much from FIFA regarding the investigations or the presidential search, the organization confirmed to SI.com that the upcoming presidential election will be done by secret ballot.

“In a letter written to its 209 member organizations, FIFA re-confirmed the five-man field running to take charge of the sport’s governing body while also confirming that the election will be conducted by secret ballot.”

The five candidates for the presidency are Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, and Tokyo Sexwale. The presidential election is scheduled for February 26th in Zurich.

Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.