How to Bet on Soccer: Expert Tutorial with Examples
On a worldwide scale, soccer betting is one of the most popular forms of sports wagering. Here in the United States it often takes a backseat to the more mainstream sports like football and basketball. Yet most Americans would be surprised to know that overseas, soccer betting is the equivalent of professional football (NFL) wagering in the US.
Soccer betting is similar to wagering on MLB baseball or NHL hockey in that it is considered moneyline wagering. What that means is that you are betting on which team will win as opposed to sports with a spread like football or basketball.
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One big difference between betting on soccer as opposed to baseball or hockey is that you can also wager on the three-way, which is a bet that includes odds on both teams to win as well as the tie (also known as a draw). In this three-way wager if regulation ends in a tie and you have a play on one of the teams then your wager is a loss.
Here at Doc's Sports I have provided this tutorial on how to bet on soccer for our readers that are interested in this potentially profitable sport. I will explain the numerous methods to bet on soccer and use the sports book terms commonly used.
Betting The Three-Way Moneyline
Soccer bets are based on results after 90 minutes of play, sometimes referred to as regular time or regulation, which includes any time added by the referee in respect to injuries and other recent stoppages. Any overtime or penalty shoot-outs do not count towards these bets since they are not considered regular time. In the sample above, USA is the underdog at +460 and Mexico is the favorite at -145. On this type of three-way betting if the game ends in a tie all team action is a loser and a wager on the draw would be a win.
Betting The Two-Way Moneyline
Seattle Sounders -300
Los Angeles Galaxy +260
This type of betting eliminates the option of the Draw, and if this wager ends in a Draw the bet is refunded (like a 'push' in spread sports). This type of two-way betting is also used for tournament games, and a winner has to be named. If the game ends in a Draw after the 90 minutes and added extra time and then is decided by penalty kicks then the winner after the PKs is cashed as a winning ticket.
Betting Goal Lines
Manchester United -1.5 Goals (+125)
Manchester City +1.5 Goals (-105)
Betting Goal Lines is similar to betting the two-way moneyline. The Goal Line is a way for bettors to win a bet on multiple outcomes of the game. Goal Lines are similar to Baseball Run-Lines , Hockey Puck-Lines and Point Spreads in football . A Goal Line is typically 0.5 goals, but sometimes the oddsmakers will post a -1.0 spread and if that soccer game ends in a 1-0 final the bet is a 'push' and the wager is refunded. In the sample above, if you bet Manchester United -1.5 goals then Manchester United needs to win this game by two goals or more. If you bet Manchester City +1.5 goals, then Manchester City can either win the game outright or lose by 1 goal or less for your wager to cash.
Betting soccer totals is the same as betting baseball totals and hockey totals. Scoring is minimal in all soccer matches, and bookmakers will often set a total of 2.0 or 2.5; if the total is 2.0 and the final is 1-1 or 2-0 you have a refund. If the oddsmakers post a total of 2.5 and you bet 'over' then the teams will need to score three goals or more to cash your total ticket. If the total is set at 2.5 and you bet 'under' then you need two or fewer goals.
Soccer is almost the only sport that goes 365 days year with different leagues, tournaments, and of course World Cups. No matter what month it is, I can guarantee that either a major soccer league is playing or a big international tournament is playing. That provides bettors with continuous action and opportunities to make money.
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