Official betting is betting that is offered and settled based on the official final result outlined by the official governing body of the competition in which teams are competing. This includes any decisions by the match officials to declare a result. If a game is abandoned before any play has been made, all bets will be void and stakes returned. In the event of a game being postponed and rescheduled to another date, all bets will stand if at least four and a half innings have been played.
All individuals associated with clubs at lower levels of the men’s and women’s league systems are prohibited from advertising or promoting any football betting activity in which FA regulations prohibit them from engaging, unless such activity is solely related to the matches in which they are involved or can influence, or to the competition in which they participate. Similarly, all football club and league match officials at FA Level 4 or below are banned from participating in or advertising any football betting activity in which FA regulations prohibit their involvement.
Players, team staff and tournament officials are screened for gambling and sports wagering activities in order to ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements. If an individual is found to have engaged in such activity, they will face a permanent ban. In addition, players and team personnel who offer or accept a bribe to fix a match are ineligible. This includes the act of requesting that a player lose on purpose, which results in a three-year ban.