For the integrity of Sport – FIFAs early warning system is monitoring sports betting
Early Warning System GmbH (EWS) was founded by FIFA as part of its tasks to safeguard the integrity of the game of football. EWS is monitoring sports betting on all FIFA tournaments to prevent sports betting having any negative impact on these matches. At the same time, EWS wants to raise awareness of this problem throughout the entire football community. To achieve these goals, FIFA offers support from a technical perspective and in terms of manpower through EWS. On 1 July 2007 FIFA launched EWS with its own staff and offices in Zurich specifically for this purpose.
The ever-increasing range of sports bets available, largely as a result of advances in new media and internet technology, is having a growing influence on football at national and international level. In the light of various betting scandals in recent years, FIFA set up an early warning system prior to the 2006 FIFA World CupTM in Germany and successfully piloted the scheme during the tournament. The experience gained prompted 2007's FIFA Congress in Zurich on 31 May to formalise the early warning system and employ it again for future competitions.
Starting with monitoring all matches of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM and the preliminaries, EWS is monitoring all FIFA competitions, e.g. U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 and the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012. Furthermore EWS is also monitoring the league competitions of Japanese J-League and the Major League Soccer (MLS).
EWS is a neutral non-profit company with the objective of protecting the integrity of sport. For this reason EWS has cooperation agreements with more than 400 bookmakers and betting organisations worldwide, which agreed to report any irregular betting activities to EWS. In addition, the experts of EWS are monitoring the betting market to detect any suspicious movement and are in contact with several investigation units e.g. Interpol.