AFF brings Sportradar on board to monitor U19 Youth Championships
Following on from the partnership agreement between the Asean Football Federation (AFF) and Sportradar finalised in November last year and covering the AFF Suzuki Cup, the federation which promotes and supports the interests of the 12 South East Asian football federations has extended the partnership to cover the AFF U19 Youth Championships being hosted by Laos between 22 August and 4 September.
This year’s edition, the 12th in history, is being hosted in the city of Vientiane in Laos. The competition will see 11 teams taking part in 24 matches, before the champion is crowned on 4th September 2015. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will notify the AFF if there are any suspicious betting patterns on any of the 20 group games or the four games in the knock-out stages.
Speaking about the deal, Lt Gen Dato’ Azzuddin Ahmad (retired), the General Secretary of the AFF, said: “We were so impressed with the clarity and focus of Sportradar’s support and insights during last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup, it was clear to us that we had to return to them for their peerless coverage during our U19 Youth Championships. We know that fixers try to groom and entrap players when they are young or naïve, and so it was important to us that we look to extend our vigilance to cover not just the senior team tournaments, but also the tournaments played by our talent of tomorrow”.
Sportradar’s Managing Director Security Services Andreas Krannich added: “The AFF have yet again shown themselves to be proactive and focused. After we developed a fantastic working relationship that took in last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup, it is encouraging to see the AFF extend this relationship to cover this important youth tournament. Match-fixing is a real global sporting issue, but one cannot fault a federation such as the AFF, who continue to invest time, energy and resources into protecting the integrity of their flagship competitions, but also the competitions that feed into those and which develop the players that will represent the region in the future”.
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The AFF U19 Youth Championships is an annual football competition organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), accredited by FIFA and contested by the national teams of Southeast Asia.
A total of eleven teams will vie for the AFF U19 Youth Championships from 22 August to 4 September 2015. Teams from Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Philippines, Laos, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Timor-Leste and Malaysia will compete to take the trophy that Japan won last year in Vietnam.
The tournament will be hosted by the town of Vientiane’s two stadia: the Laos National Stadium and the Lanexang Stadium.
For more information about the AFF U19 Youth Championships, please click here.