The United Soccer League (USL) has announced a partnership with Sportradar, the global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients, to proactively safeguard the USL’s nearly 450 matches scheduled for the 2016 season.
Sportradar is the world leader in the detection and prevention of match manipulation and the company’s Fraud Detection System will monitor all regular season and postseason USL matches for any potential manipulations.
Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System monitors the top two divisions in each UEFA member country including the Premiership, Bundesliga, La Liga; AFC member countries, MLS and various other soccer and sports leagues worldwide.
“The USL has more than doubled in size in the last two years to 29 teams and has become the largest soccer division in the world, so our partnership with Sportradar is a natural next step in the evolution of our league,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “We are excited about the USL’s future but we also recognize the importance in being vigilant and protecting our players and teams and the overall integrity of our League.”
Sportradar monitors over 200 soccer leagues and competitions globally and its Fraud Detection System offers the best overview of the global betting markets, ensuring that leagues and competitions can spot concerns while also sending a clear message of commitment to all supporters that the teams they support, the soccer they love is real and the competition is and will remain fierce.
“At Sportradar, we see match-fixing impacting numerous competitions at a range of levels each year,” said Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Security Services. “Some are caught unaware, assuming that fixers would never target their competitions. The USL will not be one of these. They have taken stock of global developments and taken a resolute stance. We applaud the USL’s proactivity and we look forward to working with them over the coming months to shore up their defenses.”