Thursday 08 December 2022, 10:00

Integrity Task Force completes monitoring of first FIFA World Cup™ matches

  • No suspicious betting or match manipulation threats identified after 56 matches

  • Task force comprises international group of experts

The Integrity Task Force established by FIFA to monitor the FIFA World Cup 2022™ has successfully scrutinised both the betting markets and the in-game action in real time of the initial 56 matches of the competition, with no suspicious betting activities or match manipulation threats identified.

The monitoring has been conducted by the Integrity Task Force with the support of the Qatar Safety and Security Operations Committee (SSOC), which has set up a specific international coordination centre for the FIFA World Cup™.

Besides the SSOC, the task force also comprises experts from the Council of Europe and its Group of Copenhagen, INTERPOL, Sportradar, the United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports (formerly GLMS) and the International Betting Integrity Association. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the principal law enforcement and investigative service of the USA, has joined the group to contribute its experience and expertise, also in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2026™.

Furthermore, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with which FIFA signed a landmark cooperation agreement in 2020, has also joined the task force for the first time.

Centralised data collection

During the competition, FIFA has centralised the collection of information from betting monitoring reports based on betting market activities, data and inquiries from other jurisdictions, including law enforcement entities, physical surveillance at competition venues for any suspicious behaviour, and hotlines as well as other reporting mechanisms, all of which has been subsequently analysed and exchanged between the task force members.

Integrity Task Force completes monitoring of first FIFA World Cup™ matches

The Integrity Task Force will continue the ongoing monitoring process in real time during the remaining matches leading up to the final, which will take place on 18 December.

In line with its core objective to promote the integrity of football, FIFA takes the fight against match manipulation very seriously and any suspicious activities can be reported to it via the confidential, dedicated, highly secure and web-based whistleblowing system.

Further details on FIFA’s integrity initiatives are available here.