SOCCER in Tasmania has avoided match-fixing and a strong training focus has made it the state's biggest participation game, says the sport's chief.
Football Federation Tasmania chief executive John Boulous said yesterday that soccer had a strong national code of conduct.
Neither players nor officials were allowed to bet on games within their competition.
Mr Boulous was commenting on revelations that players in the Victorian Premier League and others had been charged with match- fixing.
Mr Boulous said match- fixing allegations were not good for the reputation of any sport, but the public would see this for what it was - an isolated incident that was strongly dealt with.
"And importantly this situation in Melbourne shows that the national integrity measures that have been put in place are working ... and they were able to act pretty swiftly," Mr Boulous said.
"That is a positive, it is a pretty clear indication that you won't get away with things like that.
"But in terms of Tasmania, I have no reason to suggest that anything has happened down here, nor have I heard of it happening in the past."
Mr Boulous said soccer had 13,500 registered players and more than 37,000 participants when all forms were considered, making it the state's largest participation sport.
He said a major part of that success was a focus on coach education.
The biggest challenge for any sport was player retention, and ongoing coach education improved the offering and kept people engaged.