During the World Cup itself, millions and millions of dollars were wagered. In Spain criminals were arrested who planned to manipulate games, and in Belgium three female players from the Under-16 national team actually received proposals to "fix" a match for 50k Euros. Per capita, of course.
The Play Fair Code has been active in raising awareness in women's football among national teams and on the UEFA level for many years so far. For the first time this year a newly developed module was launched and rolled out in the Planet Pure Women's Bundesliga, which thus became an integral part of the future training agenda.
"We managed to conduct the training sessions with most of the teams during the summer, taking into account the relevant security measures", Integrity Coordinatior Markus Sukdolak summarizes. “It was important for us that as many teams as possible knew about how match-fixing takes place before the start of the new season, and above all that all players have an emergency plan: What to do if I receive an offer, who to inform and how? What makes us really happy is the active, constructive and uncomplicated cooperation with the clubs. Despite the challenging times, coordinating the trainings wasn't a problem at all, which is a crystal-clear sign of how serious the Austrian Football Federation is about integrity in sport. "
On the occasion of the FIFA Women's World Cup in France last year, the renowned New York Times published a noteworthy article about the subject of match-fixing and came to the conclusion that women's soccer is not immune to criminal schemes either.