FFA is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the reputation of football in Australia, and the reputation of Australian football on the world stage. A dedicated integrity framework for football in Australia is an important mechanism for both protecting and enhancing the standards of performance, behaviour and professionalism for football participants and stakeholders in Australia.
The regulations, policies and guidelines which underpin FFA’s integrity framework include the following:
- FFA National Anti-Doping Policy
- FFA Sports Supplements and Medication Guidelines
- FFA National Code of Conduct
- FFA Sports Betting and Match Fixing Guidelines
In addition to the day to day work undertaken on integrity matters, FFA has a dedicated FFA Integrity Unit. The primary purpose of the FFA Integrity Unit is to formalise FFA’s focus on specific matters that may impact the sporting integrity of football in Australia. The FFA Integrity Unit is comprised of the following members:
General Manager Leagues – Chair (currently Tracey Scott);
Head of Legal, Business Affairs and Integrity (currently Tim Holden);
Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League (currently Greg O’Rourke);
Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football (currently Emma Highwood);
Head of Medical (currently Dr Mark Jones); and
Senior Legal Counsel - Secretariat (currently Will Aplin).
Betting and Fixing Rules
FFA acknowledges gambling on sport is a common activity for many Australian adults which, when undertaken responsibly may be enjoyable. However, the FFA National Code of Conduct and the FIFA Code of Ethics impose obligations and restrictions on Players and Officials (such as coaches, referees, medical staff and volunteers) in relation to betting and fixing – including that you must not bet on football matches.
FFA National Code of Conduct
Clause 4 of the FFA National Code of Conduct deals with matters related to betting, match-fixing and corruption.
In particular, clause 4.1 of the FFA National Code of Conduct states as follows:
A Member# must not engage, directly or indirectly, in
(a) any bet, wager, gamble or any other form of financial speculation where the relevant person stands to win or gain from the win, draw or loss of any Club competing in a Match;
(b) the throwing or fixing of a Match; or
(c) any conduct or behaviour intended to unfairly affect the result of a Match, including accepting or agreeing to accept any Benefit connected with or relating to the ability of a Member to exercise control over or influence the outcome of a Match so as to bring about a result other than that which would be achieved in a fair contest between the competing teams.
Note # = Member is defined as including Member Federations, Competition Administrators, Clubs, Players, Officials, Match Agents and Intermediaries.
Further, ALL persons and bodies bound by the FFA National Code of Conduct, including Players and Officials, must immediately report to FFA any offer of a bribe or any attempt by a person in breach of clause 4 of the FFA National Code of Conduct (See clause 4.4 of the FFA National Code of Conduct).
FIFA Code of Ethics
In addition to being bound by the FFA National Code of Conduct, all officials and players (as well as match agents and players’ agents) are bound by the FIFA Code of Ethics. The FIFA Code of Ethics addresses a range of matters, including bribery and corruption, as well as prescribing the following in relation to betting and the integrity of matches and competitions:
Persons bound by this Code shall be forbidden from taking part in, either directly or indirectly, or otherwise being associated with, betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches. They are forbidden from having stakes, either actively or passively, in companies, concerns, organisations, etc that promote, broker, arrange or conduct such events or transactions.
The FIFA Code of Ethics also imposes on players and officials a duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting (see Articles 17 and 18 of the FIFA Code of Ethics).
General Club Resources
Clubs – Available below are links to some useful posters that you may want to print off and put up around your Club change rooms and facilities to make participants aware of some of their obligations under the FFA National Code of Conduct:
To obtain high-resolution, print quality versions of these posters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.