Sports data integrity provider Sportradar has signed a multi-year partnership with the Indian Football Association (IFA), the governing body of football in the Indian state of West Bengal.

The agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services allows the IFA to monitor and safeguard the integrity of its matches.

Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS) will be used to monitor all matches organised by the IFA in the Premier Division A of the Calcutta Football League in order to detect and assess any abnormal betting activity.

In addition, Sportradar will also provide integrity training to the IFA and its stakeholders to help ensure that the best practices are in place to protect and uphold the integrity of their competitions.

The IFA is the first state or provincial football association in the region to officially partner with Sportradar, which has partnerships with leading international sports federations such as FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation, the International Cricket Council and the Indian Super League.

“We are proud to take the lead and embark on this partnership with Sportradar, the leading integrity service provider for sports across the world,” said Utpal Ganguly, honorary secretary of the IFA. “Through this partnership, we have put out a powerful statement on IFA’s pro-active stance against match-fixing.

“In addition to the monitoring of IFA competitions through Sportradar’s FDS, Sportradar will also ensure that our stakeholders are well trained to further strengthen our integrity framework.”

Sportradar Integrity Services director of federation services in Asia Biplav Gautam commented: “It is an honour to partner with the IFA and work with them to develop and protect ‘the beautiful game’ in an area with such a rich football history.

“As the global leader in sporting integrity, we make it our top priority to support out partners and help establish an effective framework to help minimize integrity related issues. We commend the IFA for their commitment to upholding the integrity of football within their competitions, and look forward to working closely with IFA and its stakeholders in order to put their competitions in the best position to flourish.”