Experience to date has confirmed that a one-to-one athlete education approach is a sustainable and verifiable model for raising awareness and understanding.


The Play Fair Code applied a top-down education strategy from the beginning, with professional athletes (including future professional athletes) constituting the first target group, followed by the interface between professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, referees and sport, and sponsors’ and media representatives.

In Play Fair Code training sessions, players, coaches and club officials are informed and taught about how the international betting mafia attempts to undermine professional sport worldwide. A crucial concern of the training sessions is to highlight the potential dire consequences for any individual athlete getting involved in match-fixing.

Footage from TV documentaries and special interview sequences with a former Austrian professional footballer who allowed himself to get caught up in match-fixing demonstrate the risks and possible consequences of match-fixing.

Combating match-fixing demands far-reaching and ongoing efforts on the part of sports associations, law enforcement agencies, betting operators, governmental institutions and other stakeholders. 

The Play Fair Code has dealt with these demands for more than four years now. It has gained experience and developed valuable know-how by involving all relevant stakeholders, and exchanging best-practice approaches at both national and international levels.

Picture of the integrity workshop through the Play Fair Code with Sturm Graz
Picture of the integrity workshop through the Play Fair Code with the national football team