Who will be the next boss of world football?

Football’s most powerful position has been thrown wide open after Sepp Blatter called it quits.

FILE: Fifa's head office in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: AFP.

AMMAN - The Jordanian FA has begun legal inquiries into whether defeated Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein could replace Sepp Blatter without the need for a second election, it said on Tuesday.

Blatter unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that he was quitting as Fifa chief, just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term of office.

WATCH: Blatter quits

Jordan's Prince Ali stood against Blatter but withdrew after gaining 73 votes to Blatter's 133 in the first round of Friday's vote.

Blatter's shocking news could throw the door wide open for any number of candidates to fill his football's most powerful position.

Al-Hussein was Blatter's only rival and could be a natural successor.

But this development could well see the likes of Dutch man Michael van Praag and former Portugal star, Luis Figo into the race again.

Figo had ended his campaign prior to Friday's election.

Jerome Champagne could enter the fray again, while David Ginola has confirmed he will stand for the position.

It remains to be seen whether Africa's most powerful football figure will stand for the office.

Fifa Vice-president and head of Caf's Issa Hayatou is an ally of Blatter's but falls far of what now is seen a reform in Fifa across the board.


Jordanian FA vice president Salah Sabra told his country's news agency Petra that his organisation was investigating whether he could take the reins at world soccer's governing body following Blatter's resignation.

"We started legal inquiries to find out the possibility of Prince Ali becoming Fifa president based on the fact that Blatter has stepped down from the election race, which was held last Friday, and therefore the legitimacy to the presidency," Sabra said.

"The fall of the head of corruption in Fifa which is represented in Blatter is nothing but to confirm the right vision of Prince Ali, who pointed out the need to root out corruption in order to improve world football," he added.

"Prince Ali during his presidency campaign said there is a large amount of corruption in Fifa that we should fight, and this has become clear after Blatter's resignation."

Prince Ali later stopped short of putting himself forward immediately for election, but said he would contest a second vote if he had the backing of other associations.

"I have to talk to other national associations and see how they feel about this. I think it is a bit early, but definitely, if they want me to do it, I will do it for sure," he told CNN.

"I am at the service of football. I love the sport and always have. So we have to wait and see what happens. This was news to me as it was to everyone else.

Additional reporting by: Reuters