The task of EWS is to protect the integrity of sport and to minimise the negative impact of sports betting on the tournaments monitored. This involves EWS focusing on two key activities: monitoring and information.
As a central aim, EWS is looking to protect football matches in all FIFA tournaments and competitions by monitoring and analysing the complex, international sports betting market and through comprehensive reporting to FIFA. EWS also carries out match monitoring on behalf of third parties both within and outside of football. The service within football is part of an integrated overall package that FIFA offers to any interested member associations.
Another of EWS’s areas of responsibility is the information activities on the theme of “sports betting and match-fixing”. This is aimed at the various interest groups, including sporting organisations, athletes, state authorities, media, etc., to create awareness of the continually growing issue and to establish the appropriate expertise to avert problems. EWS is also committed to the cooperation agreement concluded in May 2011 between FIFA and INTERPOL, which has the objective of combating match-fixing and corruption in football.