Suspect betting activity around international, native football matches and youth football declined in 2018 in accordance to a new report by Stats Perform and Starlizard Integrity Services.

377 football matches were identified as having suspicious betting patterns, against 397 matches in 2017.

The questionable Betting models in Global Football Report was gathered using info and statistics from 62,250 football matches played in 2018 season.

This included leagues competitions across 115 countries all over the world and six continents. The decline in suspicious procedure as a % percentage is even more obvious given that the review evaluated 14 per cent more matches than in 2017, the first year it was put together.

Examined by location, Europe had the greatest number of doubtful games played (227 vs 237 in 2017) but Asia had the highest number as a % percentage of matches examined (0.95 per cent versus 1.34 per cent in 2017).

Oceania and North America were at the lower end of the level with suspicious procedure accounting for 0.04 per cent and 0.13 per cent of matches severally. Africa and South America registered 0.26 per cent and 0.33 per cent respectively.

The document suggested that youth football matches continue to make up a extraordinary numbers of the irregular betting patterns. They calculate for 15.4 per cent of all of the suspicious activity in last year, in spite of making up just 5.6 per cent of all the matches examined in this report.

One youth football league in Europe continued to arouse suspicions. The league in question registered 22 suspicious matches, the same sum as last year, with one football club featuring in thirteen suspicious matches, the highest number of any club globally. In the past the report’s writers have chosen not to ‘name and shame’ the football leagues or rights-holders in question due to the fact of the possibility that the activity proves to be benign.

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Yet another Eastern European league was nevertheless verified to be a hotbed for match-fixing after 7 per cent of all matches showed signs of unusual sports betting patterns. A report from Stats Perform mentioned that effective action by the rights-holder and law enforcement in that location had led to a number of busts in the first quarter of 2018, disrupting what was considered to have be an organised, cross-border match-fixing operation. The suspicious match count has declined markedly since the law enforcement activity.

Also for the first time women’s football was known as being subject to suspect activity. Three international matches, two clubs and one local league match aroused concerns accounting for 0.26 per cent of the 2,328 matches examined.

The writers of this report have been detailed to clarify that suspicious betting forms do not really mean match-fixing has taken place. In the beginning the report claims: “Suspicious” betting markets by description refer to markets that, when likened to similar football betting markets, look atypical and for which we can find no regular answers as to why the markets have taken this appearance.”

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