Industry Shorts: Sport Industry Awards, Goal, FIFA 21

19 Jul 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Today marks 50 days to go until the return of the industry’s biggest night of the year, the Sport Industry Awards 2021.

The industry will reunite - live and in person - for what will be the event’s 20th anniversary and tables are almost sold out already. So why wait, book your table for Evolution London on 8th September NOW, and take a look at the Official Shortlist here to see the contenders for the night.


EA SPORTS and Goal Studios have teamed up to make a bespoke Goal kit collection available in FIFA 21’s VOLTA FOOTBALL mode, offering fans a new way to customise their VOLTA AVATAR in-game.

Goal Studio is the football-inspired lifestyle brand from football publisher Goal, created in partnership with Korean-based sport, culture and marketing experts, WAGTI.

The collection is available in VOLTA FOOTBALL until 13th August and can be unlocked by completing in-game objective ladders, or by using VOLTA coins collected via matches and tournaments within VOLTA FOOTBALL. It includes t-shirts, hoodies and flip-flops from classic Goal Studio collections as well as a VOLTA FOOTBALL exclusive digital outfit only available in the game.

UEFA has awarded hosting rights to a number of cities for a number of upcoming UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Conference League finals.

Following the relocation of the 2021 UEFA Champions League final from Istanbul to Porto, the body has awarded the 2023 final to the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. It has also given Wembley Stadium the 2024 edition of the showpiece match, with Munich - originally scheduled to host the 2023 final - given the 2025 edition. The 2022 final was previously awarded to St Petersburg.

Meanwhile, Dublin will host the UEFA Europa League final in 2024 after Ireland was removed as a host nation for EURO 2020, while Bilbao - which also had fixtures moved - will host the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in 2024 and the UEFA Europa League final in 2025. 

Badminton Europe and Sportradar Integrity Services have announced a two-year agreement for the monitoring of European Badminton competitions.

Under the agreement, Sportradar Integrity Services will provide bet monitoring and reporting via its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) for the federation’s tournaments.

The UFDS analyses betting patterns for abnormalities by a global team of integrity experts, and any suspicious matches are subsequently reported to partners, allowing critical visibility into worldwide match-fixing. 

In the past 15 years, Sportradar Integrity Services has detected over 6,000 suspicious matches, and says more than 600 of these took place in 2020 alone. 

Burnley will auction off Turf Moor dugouts and hand-made seats in a bid to raise money for the club’s community charity.

The move follows major renovations at the club’s stadium this summer and will give bidders the chance to own the dugouts and seats which have hosted a number of Burnley and other Premier League stars throughout the club’s tenure in the top flight.

Proceeds from the online auction, which also includes other ground fixtures that fans of the club will be able to bid for, will go directly to support Burnley FC in the Community, the charitable arm of the Lancashire club.