FIFA Finds No Suspicious Betting Activities in Women’s World Cup
Women’s Football World Cup 2023 organizers FIFA have announced the Integrity Task Force that they set up to monitor any integrity-related threats to the competition and found that there were no suspicious betting activities in any of the matches played in host countries New Zealand and Australia.
The Integrity Task Force looked at 64 matches across the whole of the football tournament, monitored the games in real-time, and also analyzed the betting data on the matches. It concluded that there were no irregular betting patterns during the competition and showed no signs of match manipulation.
This comes shortly after concerns were raised by industry stakeholders about the dramatic rise in the popularity of women’s sports and the potential problems that may occur from outside influences on players in women’s sports, with bad actors trying to corrupt matches or manipulate events.
FIFA Integrity Task Force Membership
FIFA orchestrated the Integrity Task Force for the Women’s World Cup this year, and it comprised some of the biggest hitters in law enforcement worldwide, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, INTERPOL, United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports, the International Betting Integrity Association, Sport Integrity Australia and the New Zealand Police.
The expert organizations monitored the World Cup matches, and from the wealth of data provided, FIFA came to the clear conclusion that there were no signs of irregular betting patterns.
FIFA has shown it is possible for a governing body of a major sport to get to grips with monitoring sporting events and work with a range of industry stakeholders to ensure integrity is upheld in sporting competitions.
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