FIFA subsidiary Early Warning System GmbH (EWS) and digital sports content and media supplier Perform Group today, 19 August 2015, signed a cooperation agreement with the purpose of enhancing the integrity of football events.

The agreement includes the integration of Perform Group brand Opta’s historical and live performance data into EWS’ integrity monitoring system. Opta is the pre-eminent global supplier of performance data both to professional clubs and the world’s largest broadcasters. The integration will optimise the detection and analysis of suspicious activities in sports betting, which can be an indicator for match manipulation at football matches, including FIFA competitions.

Additionally, Perform and EWS will share information in an open and collaborative manner to further develop the integrity services of both parties.

“This cooperation with a leading sports data service provider is a perfect fit for our monitoring approach to ensure an effective and fact-based match analysis. Perform is a very strong partner in the global fight against match manipulation, and such cooperation represents a fundamental keystone of our overall strategy,” said FIFA’s Director of Security, Ralf Mutschke.

“Perform fully supports EWS and its commitment to monitor and respond to the threat of match manipulation. We are delighted that Perform digital content can so readily be used in partnership with rights holders in order to strengthen the integrity of competitions. We look forward to cooperating with EWS for the benefit of FIFA competitions and those of its associations and confederations for a long time to come,” said Perform Director of Integrity and Security, Matthew Drew.

EWS plays an important role in FIFA’s integrity initiative. It supports FIFA and its member associations and confederations in the areas of prevention, risk management and information gathering.

About EWS:
Early Warning System GmbH (EWS) was founded by FIFA in 2005 with the aim of safeguarding the integrity of football through prevention and early detection. The strategy of EWS includes mutual cooperation with national and international sports betting organisations as well as with public regulating authorities. Furthermore, EWS maintains its own technical monitoring system that enables the EWS specialists to monitor odds movements with hundreds of bookmakers worldwide and to detect irregularities in this context. Informal contacts within the global sports betting market complement the monitoring activities. More information on www.fifa-ews.com.