Sportradar Launch Universal Fraud Detection System
portradar Integrity Services, has announced the launch of the Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), funded by Sportradar, and offered free of charge to any sports federation, or league, worldwide.
The UFDS will be made available for free in October 2021, building off the work Sportradar has done with the Fraud Detection System (FDS), monitoring over 600,000 matches across 1,000+ leagues and competitions, in 26 different sports in 2020 alone.
Since 2005, Sportradar has used the FDS to classify over 5,300 matches as suspicious, supporting over 400 successful sporting disciplinary sanctions, and over 30 successful criminal convictions against those aiming to corrupt sport.
As part of the announcement, Sportradar Group CEO, Carsten Koerl, said Sportradar will speak to sporting bodies in the lead up to the launch in October to help educate them on the service, as well as upscaling their technology and operation to deliver the UFDS.
“We believe that integrity is fundamental to public confidence in sport, and that wrongdoing at any tier of competition affects all levels of sports and its fans,” Koerl said.
“Today marks a very special day in the history of our company, as we announce the upcoming launch of our core bet monitoring system, at no financial charge to any sports federation or league that wants to use it.
“By making this significant investment in integrity via the UFDS initiative, we are demonstrating our commitment to support the sustainability of sport around the globe.
“We are continuing to upscale our technology and operation to handle this considerable undertaking, and as well as providing it to new partners we have already set about discussing and implementing the UFDS with our 70+ existing FDS partners.
“We are very excited to launch this exciting initiative and add to the proven track record of our integrity team, by ensuring the UFDS plays a major role in protecting the integrity of the sports we all love in the decades to come,” Koerl said.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) head of integrity, Ahmed Alosaymi, said: “We have worked with Sportradar since 2013, and their data-driven approach to utilising the latest technology, matched with the professional experience of their analysts, has allowed us to be at the forefront of ensuring integrity for football in Asia.”
“With more matches happening each season, coupled with the tremendous popularity of Asian Football, ensuring we have the right partner that delivers us results is key.
“The AFC has worked very closely with Sportradar to bring several cases to justice.
“We believe that this move of the offering of UFDS will help protect the integrity of sports globally, giving leagues and federations at all levels the opportunity to safeguard their sport and competitions for all their stakeholders,” Alosaymi said.