Fair Sport 4 All
Match-fixing is seen as one of the biggest threats facing modern-day football. It undermines the overall spirit of the games and the principles of fairness, respect and integrity. The widespread and global nature of match-fixing has made it a problem that has now become a priority for sports movements and public authorities worldwide. Such that, the European Football for Development Network has created the Fair Sport 4 All programme, to call attention to the responsibility everyone has, in promoting clean and fair competitions.
The Fair Sport 4 All programme is over a 36-month period. The programme will raise awareness of the threats of match-fixing, by educating clubs’, players and all stakeholders involved in the game. The main objective of the programme is to ensure that the integrity and values of true sportsmanship are represented, respected, and encouraged by all individuals involved in European football.
To safeguard the integrity and to reinforce the true values of sportsmanship, the Fair Sport 4 All programme proposes a number of comprehensive components.
Fair Sport 4 All has developed user-friendly educational tools that can be used by all stakeholders involved in the game, to help:
- Increase the awareness of players, managers and other stakeholders involved in football, about the different types of corruption, fraud and match-fixing incidents that occur, at different competitive levels of football.
- Teach coping skills on resisting offers and temptations to engage in match-fixing.
- Indicate ways to properly report match-fixing incidents to the relevant authorities.
This programme comprises of all-round education, with the key issues of match-fixing at its core. The educational component will help increase the understanding of the rules and risks associated with match-fixing, working with clubs and players and all stakeholders involved in football. Education is a fundamental part of the Fair Sports 4 All programme, as this will help ensure that all clubs, officials, players and stakeholders are committed to protecting the integrity of the game. Even though the project specifically targets the football sector, other traditional sports (basketball, volleyball, handball, and water-polo) can also use the guidelines.
Cooperation with stakeholders
The EFDN will cooperate closely with all stakeholders including, football leagues, national associations, football clubs, sport governing bodies, law enforcement bodies and national platforms. Gambling regulators will also be crucial in order to safeguard the integrity of football and reinforce the true values of sportsmanship.
The cooperation between the EFDN and the project stakeholders will support the development and creation of Fair sport 4 All resources. Together we will be creating the basis for a common understanding of each partner’s role and requirements, while building trust and confidence amongst the football community.