A Basic Guide For How To Bet On Soccer



There is no sport in the world that is more popular when it comes to betting than soccer. From across Europe to North America and Asia, soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world and one that attracts billions of dollars in sports betting wagers every single year. Here is a look at some of the many different ways to bet on soccer.

3-Way Moneyline

The moneyline in soccer is similar to in other sports except for the fact that unlike football, basketball or hockey the player can also bet on a draw. In most competitions, draws can be the final outcome of the game so there are three potential outcomes. Soccer bets are based on the results after 90 minutes with overtime and shootouts not counting towards the wagers. This is relevant in major tournaments like the World Cup where a winner must be determined in order for them to advance to the next stage. In these games, the outcome is still determined at the end of regulation time with the overtime and shootout not counting towards the wager. Games that are tied after 90 minutes are called a draw. For example, if Italy was to play England the line for that game might be Italy -140, England +200, Draw +250.

2-Way Moneyline

The majority of sportsbooks also offer the 2-way moneyline, which is also known as “Draw, No Bet”. This type of bet means the wager is based on the outcome of the game with the bet being cancelled entirely if the result is a Draw. The only two possible outcomes are a win for either team. The odds are tweaked a bit based on which team is the favorite because of the fact that the wager can’t be lost on a Draw. Using the same example, Italy might be listed at -250 to win while England would be listed at +270 to win.

Totals

The sportsbooks also take bets on the totals of games, which is similar to what they do with the majority of the other sports. A line is set for each game and the player can choose whether they want to bet the Over or the Under. According to the example we have already used, the total for a game between Italy and England could be set at Over-2.5 (+115), Under-2.5 (-115). If the two teams combine for 3 goals or more than the result is an Over, if they combine for two goals or fewer than it is an Under.

Goal Lines

Similar to the 2-way moneyline, the goal lines gives bettors multiple ways to win a bet on multiple outcomes of the game. The goal lines are similar to puck lines in hockey and point spreads in football or basketball in that they create somewhat of a spread for the actual games. In a tighter matchup, a team could be favored to win by 0.5 goals. In the case of a bigger disparity between the teams, the line could be as much as 1.5 goals or 2.5 goals. For example, if Spain was to play Canada then perhaps the line for that game would be Italy -2.5 goals (+120). The fact that Spain would have to win by three goals moves it to plus-money. The bettor would also be able to take Canada at +2.5 (-160), meaning they would be considered a winner if they lost by two goals or fewer but at a greater cost in terms of juice.