For over ten years, the DFL has been campaigning for the prevention of match-fixing in professional football, informing about the risks and developing specific preventative measures.
In 2012, the DFL and DFB bundled their preventative measures when they launched the “Together against match-fixing – don’t fix the game” project. The project informs players, trainers, officials and referees about the underlying causes, mechanisms and consequences of match-fixing and manipulation in betting and educates them about the risks of gambling addiction.
The measures of German organised football, brought together under the heading “Together against match-fixing”, are based on four pillars:
Rules and regulations
The DFL and DFB have added regulations to their rules and employment contracts for licensed and contract players as well as contracts for junior players. They provide a regulatory foundation for combating match-fixing.
According to the DFL Licensing Regulations, all 36 clubs and limited companies of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are obliged to demonstrate the annual performance of appropriate measures to prevent match-fixing in their professional squads. This is also mandatory for U16 to U23 players at the academies.
The players are also obliged, for example, to come forward immediately and unasked if a third party offers them money or other advantages in exchange for fixing a match of their or any other club.
Training and information program
The performance of preventative measures to be demonstrated includes participation in a training program, which for professional squads is generally hosted at the clubs by Sportradar AG as a face-to-face workshop. An e-learning tutorial has been developed for the professional squads and academies as a complementary training measure.
Information on the prevention of match-fixing and gambling addiction is also available on the “Together against match-fixing – don’t fix the game” project website and via the “DFL Integrity App”. The app can also be used to report irregularities and suspicions directly to the ombudsman. Detailed information on dealing with the dangers of gambling addiction is also available at https://www.check-dein-spiel.de/ (website in German).
Lawyer Dr. Carsten Thiel von Herff, the DFL and DFB’s shared ombudsman since 2011, is the point of contact for players, trainers, coaches, club employees and referees for confidential tip-offs about potential match-fixing or other irregularities.
Another element among the preventative measures is the comprehensive, systematic and continuous monitoring of the global betting market in order to detect, document and track potential manipulation relating to sports betting.
Measures at national and international level
The initiation of the “Together against match-fixing – don’t fix the game” project by the DFL and DFB was supported at the national level by Transparency International Deutschland e.V. and the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA).
FIFA and UEFA also take preventative measures. For example, UEFA has had a network of integration offices in its member countries since 2010.
Consideration of the VBL Club Championship from the 2020-21 season
In order to strengthen the integrity of the competition in the Virtual Bundesliga Club Championship by bevestor (VBL CC) and also to raise awareness among the players and clubs that are taking part, the DFL is expanding both its commitment to tackling match-fixing and the measures to prevent gambling addiction to the VBL CC as well from the 2020-21 season. As initial measures, a training programme has been developed for the players in the VBL CC and extensive rules and regulations have been incorporated into the tournament rules of the VBL CC.
The “Together against match-fixing” project site provides further information on the topic, details for points of contact, and the opportunity to report suspected cases directly: