France’s Regulatory body removes 179 entries from “Liste Sport” catalog

France’s gambling regulator, L’Autorité Nationale Des Jeux (ANJ), recently made significant changes to its “Liste Sport” by removing a large number of sports betting offerings. The Liste Sport is a comprehensive list of all authorized sports betting offerings in France, aimed at preventing match-fixing, limiting bets on certain competitions, and prohibiting knowledge-based bets.

The ANJ made the decision to review the list after conducting extensive market research in December. The removal of several dozen competitions is intended to help prevent the manipulation of results in professional sports. In total, 179 competitions have been removed from the list, reducing it to 772 entries.

The ANJ emphasized the need to update the list, as it had not been modified since 2010 and was no longer clear and coherent. Some competitions no longer exist, while others, such as the Tunisian soccer league, carry an increased risk of match manipulation. According to the ANJ, the new list is clearer and more concise, making it easier for operators to comply with local regulations.

The revised list will come into effect on March 1, 2024. The ANJ also announced that only the final of the First Division (March Madness) of the NCAA will be an authorized offering going forward, due to its attractiveness. However, restrictions related to the NCAA league will be introduced to address the increased risks of match-fixing.

In addition to removing competitions from the list, the ANJ has also lifted certain restrictions that no longer seem justified. For example, basketball bets can now be placed on the number of points scored by players, even if the score is less than 20, and the ban on handicap bets in tennis is being removed.

Despite these changes, the general principles of the list remain unchanged. Authorized bets must always relate to sporting events, while bets on negative actions are prohibited. Bets must also be executed based on the first announcement of results by the event organizer.

Overall, the ANJ’s review of the Liste Sport reflects its commitment to preventing match-fixing and ensuring the integrity of sports betting in France.