How to Bet on Soccer

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Soccer betting - How to Bet on Soccer

On a global scale, soccer betting is one of the most popular forms of sports betting activities that takes place. Many Americans would be surprised to know that in Europe, soccer betting is the equivalent of professional football wagering in the United States. It enjoys that much support from the betting public and is the most popular sport in the world.

Soccer betting is similar to wagering on professional baseball or the National Hockey League, in that it uses what is known as the money line, which is described in greater detail here.

There is one major difference between soccer betting and baseball betting. In soccer betting, not only can you place a bet on either team, you can also wager that it will be a tie game. Since you can wager on a tie, that means if you bet on a soccer team that team must win the game or you lose your bet.

Examples of Soccer Lines

The typical odds on a soccer match may look similar to this:

Rotherham United - 182
Draw + 230
Forest Green + 450

In this example, if a bettor wagers on Rotherham United, they will risk $18.20 to win $10, while those backing Forest Green stand to win $45 for every $10 wagered if their team comes through and gets the win. Bettors also have the option of betting the game will be played to a draw and those bettors will risk $10 for the opportunity to win $23. Remember, as you can wager on a tie, your team must win the match or you will lose your bet.

The odds on another soccer match may look like:

Bristol Rovers + 140
Draw + 220
Leyton Orient + 150

In this example, both teams are underdogs, something that would never happen in baseball or the NHL, because of the possibility of a tie match.

If you are not given the option of betting on a draw and the match ends up with a tied score, your wagers would be refunded, as they are with other bets that end up a tie.

Without the draw option, the odds on the above match would likely be:

Bristol Rovers - 115
Leyton Orient -105

Here, a bettor is risking slightly more than they stand to win, but will not lose their bet should the match end up with a tie score.

Others Types of Soccer Bets

On many soccer matches, there may be a total (over/under) posted, so that a bettor may wager over a certain number of goals or under a certain number of goals. A typical number for these types of bets is 2.5 so that a bettor wagering on the over would need at least three goals to be scored to win the bet, while a person wagering on the under could have no more than two goals scored to win their wager.

A number of soccer matches also will have proposition bets available, such as the time of the first goal, the team to score first, or the team ahead at halftime. These can be profitable for the bettor who is extremely knowledgeable on the soccer teams they are wagering on.

There you have the basics of soccer betting. Those familiar with money line betting should have no trouble making the plunge into the world of soccer.