United Soccer League announces Partnership with Sportradar
The United Soccer League (USL) has announced a partnership with Sportradar to proactively safeguard the USL’s nearly 450 matches scheduled for the 2016 season.
Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will monitor all regular season and postseason USL matches for any potential manipulations.
“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.”
“At Sportradar, we see match-fixing impacting numerous competitions at a range of levels each year,” said Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Integrity 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.”
About the USL
The USL is a vital part of soccer in the United States, on and off the field, and has more than doubled in size since 2014. The USL offers the highest level of competition below MLS on a national footprint with strong local ownership groups in major markets positioned for long-term success. With 29 teams in 19 American states and three Canadian provinces, the USL is the largest professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and the world. The 2016 season marks the introduction of six teams – Bethlehem Steel FC, FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC and Swope Park Rangers KC. The USL’s teams are divided into two conferences – Eastern and Western – with each team playing 30 regular season games. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the longest-standing professional affiliate member of U.S. Soccer. Every game of the 2016 USL season can be seen live, free and in HD on Match Center at www.USLSoccer.com, with updates from across the league also available on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
For more information about the USL, please visit: www.uslsoccer.com