ANJ updates official offering as it moves to clampdown on potential match-fixing friendly competitions and less popular tournaments
The l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has updated its authorised betting list with the aim of preventing match-fixing by removing 179 competitions from its official offer.
The regulator has regularly updated what sports are allowed to be bet on since 2010, but the ANJ said that because of this continual change the list had “lost its readability and consistency”.
The new rewrite was based on consultations with several stakeholders, including the Sports Directorate of the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as sports federations and leagues and sports betting operators.
As part of the reform, 179 competitions were removed, with the reasoning for some of these exclusions being that the competitions were “devoid of significance or notoriety” or “proving likely to fuel manipulation”.
The headline competitions removed include football’s Armenian Premier League and the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1.
The ANJ has included only one US sports competition in its updated list: the final tournament of Division One of the National College Athletic Association’s basketball competition, better known as March Madness.
The ANJ has also removed the restrictions on betting on sports such as football, basketball, handball, golf and tennis.
All friendly matches that the French men’s football and rugby teams can now be bet on regardless of the team they face.
In basketball, bets can now be placed on the number of points a player scores, even if it is lower than 20.
The new authorised betting list will come into effect on 1 March 2024, with an evaluation report into the new list to be conducted at the end of the year.
The ANJ said: “In France, since 2010, only bets on certain sporting competitions and on certain types of results or phases of play can be offered as legal sports betting.
“On December 21, 2023, the ANJ college decided to review this list sport, with the aim of facilitating its readability, strengthening its coherence and updating it.
“This overhaul was guided by the search for a balance between the expectations of punters and operators and the prevention of the risk of sporting manipulation.”