FIFA, the governing body of world football, has announced the launch of an enhanced integrity toolkit that builds on the integrity programme developed and implemented during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 FIFA World Cup for Women.
The new toolkit, featuring updated integrity programme resources, aims not only to protect the sport, but also to assist member associations and confederations in reinforcing and further enhancing existing measures to protect national and regional football matches and match manipulation competitions.
FIFA’s Deputy Chief Legal & Compliance Officer and Director of Integrity and Institutional Legal, Oliver Jaberg, stated: “In line with FIFA’s continued commitment to safeguard the integrity of football around the world, it is crucial that we continue to develop new and innovative resources that our stakeholders can use to further strengthen football across all areas – both on and off the pitch.”
In addition to this, FIFA has also developed a’ practical handbook’ for its members that is intended to serve as a guide on how to create and/or improve their own programmes for integrity.
The handbook outlines both the basic steps and best practises required to implement effective, day-to-day integrity initiatives.
The new Integrity e-Learning platform aims at educating people involved in the sport about the danger of manipulating matches. This defines the relevant rules that FIFA has put in place, discusses various forms of integrity-related wrongdoing and details how match-manipulation methods or events can be reported correctly.
Jaberg concluded: “As an important step in helping to protect the integrity of football competitions at national and regional level as well as to prevent match manipulation, FIFA is excited to have developed several new integrity resources and materials that provide member associations and confederations with specific assistance on best practice in football.
“The ultimate aim is to support and develop stronger integrity structures – as well as long-term, sustainable education and prevention programmes and promotional initiatives – that safeguard the integrity of football.”