FIFA and INTERPOL have launched a series of e-learning programmes aimed at educating players, coaches and referees on the dangers of match manipulation to help them avoid falling victim to this threat to football integrity.
The programmes represent a key deliverable of the FIFA-INTERPOL initiative, which aims to improve awareness and understanding of corruption in football as well as the methods to detect and counteract it.
The online programmes, each focusing on a different group often targeted by match-fixers, offer an interactive guide on how to recognise, resist and report match-fixing attempts and related issues. The programmes are available in five languages (Arabic, English, French, German and Spanish) on both the FIFA and INTERPOL websites.
The e-learning modules are highly interactive, using quizzes, games and audio-visual elements to emphasise the key messages. Real-life scenarios are also incorporated to help users more easily identify the tactics that match-fixers might use to pressure them into manipulating a match.
The programmes are designed to be used by FIFA’s member associations as part of their existing integrity training, or as stand-alone training programmes. They form part of a wider effort to preserve football from the growing threat of match manipulation.