UEFA and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have a number of rules relating to betting which affect all players, managers, coaches, club medical staff and other Participants (e.g. Directors, Licensed agents).
The purpose of this guide is to tell you what these rules are, what they mean and how they affect you.
The rules cover three main areas; betting, the use of inside information and match fixing.
The reason the IFA has rules in this area is to ensure that in every football match both teams and individual players are playing to the best of their ability and with a clear motivation to win the game, without any conflicting objectives for either club or any player or club official.
It is also very important for the reputation of the game that players, managers, coaches and other club officials are not involved in non-match betting (for example, on promotion and relegation in league competitions in which their team is involved.
Furthermore, due to your position in the game, you are sometimes privy to information that would possibly enable you to make money (or enable others to make money) through betting activity. Again, this type of activity is detrimental to the image and reputation of the game and is not permitted under the rules.
There is now a wide range of types of bets that can be placed on football, including in-play betting. Consequently, it is vital for football to protect the integrity and reputation of the game. This is a guide to this area only. All Players and Participants are bound by UEFA and IFA rules and regulations and should refer directly to those Rules and regulations for the definitive position. Should there be any inconsistency between this guidance and the rules and regulations, the rules and regulations prevail.