History

Pursuing integrity protection since 2006

The ever-increasing range of sports bets available 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 Cup™ in Germany and successfully piloted the scheme during the tournament. The experience gained prompted the FIFA Congress to formalise the early warning system and employ it again for future competitions. On 1 July 2007, FIFA launched EWS with its own staff and offices in Zurich specifically for this purpose.

Since the company was founded, the international sports betting market has changed fundamentally. The trend towards live betting has caused difficulties in the early identification of irregularities. It has therefore become an important task of EWS to pass on analyses of movements in the sports betting market to FIFA, or the relevant client, in order to enable disciplinary penalties to be imposed.