FIFA Early Warning System – monitoring sports betting

FIFA Early Warning System (EWS) monitors betting on all FIFA matches and competitions in order to prevent negative influences from betting. EWS also works to evaluate any opportunities and risks presented by sports betting for the game of football.

As one of its key objectives is to protect the integrity of football, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) founded EWS on 1 July 2007 and installed the new subsidiary in its own offices in Zurich with dedicated personnel.

EWS monitors every single FIFA competition, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ (and all qualifying matches), which in 2013 meant the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti, the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE and the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. EWS also works with the Japan Football Association.

EWS is a key pillar of FIFA’s ethical work and provides FIFA with support in the areas of prevention, repression and investigation. As it has a mandate from an international sports organisation, EWS operates independently of the commercial betting industry and is not-for-profit.