March 25, 2009

FIFA to monitor sports betting at national level

Thanks to interest expressed by the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF), FIFA has paired up with the country’s governing body to monitor sports betting at the national level. Through FIFA’s Early Warning System GmbH (EWS), member clubs have access to advanced technical capabilities, in an attempt to provide additional support to current measures.

The EWS, which is already in place for the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches, will become part of the LFF’s strategy next month. As reported on, the Early Warning System will be introduced to national competitions and various international football events down the road.

The system has been well-received to date, with a string of expansions and advancements made within the past three years to better serve the needs of member associations. The EWS found its way to a high-profile event when it was implemented by the Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Further improvements are planned for the system, which is provided by a Zurich-based company. Its purpose is to identify unusual betting activities and detect any actions that could suggest an attempt to influence matches.

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