Football/Soccer Betting

Your guide to betting on Football online

Football is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports to play and watch, and is likewise extremely popular for online gambling fans. Known as the world game, Football (or Soccer) is not centralised in any one location, like American Football, and so is a common sport to bet on in most countries.

That said, the United Kingdom and Europe make up a large portion of the Football betting community. Some UK bookmakers, such as Bet365 and Paddy Power, even dedicate specific sections of their sportsbooks to the promotion of Football events and bets. In fact, European bookie bwin is a major sponsor of three of the most famous football teams in the world: Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich.

Unlike a number of other sports, standard Football bets are extremely simple to make and are mainly made up of Money Line Bets; this means that you wager on the outcome of the game. However, where Football differs from other sports is that it offers a third betting options. Rather than just placing a wager on which of the two teams will win the match, punters are also offered the option of placing a bet on a draw. For example:

Manchester United: -100
Draw: +250
Chelsea: +150

Rather than simply betting on Manchester United or Chelsea, the Draw option is made available for a more interesting outcome. At some online bookmakers, there are even special promotions regarding draws. Bet365 is one such bookie, and they offer a unique Bore Draw Money Back bonus. This means that bettors will have their stakes returned on any game that ends with a 0 - 0 score line.

There are a number of different tournaments that are hugely popular amongst Football betting fans, not least of which is the World Cup. In 2010, the World Cup will be held in South Africa and will likely be the catalyst for massive Football bets from all around the world. Other popular tournaments include the Champions League and UEFA Euro, as well as domestic leagues in England, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

Depending on where you choose to make a wager, certain online bookmakers will offer a number of different betting types to spice up each match. Sportsbook.com for example has a number of proposition bets on popular tournaments, such as the Champions League. These wagers include over/under bets, as well as lines including "Will both teams score in the match" and "Which team will score the first goal". These wagering options are made separately to standard Money Line Bets, so you can enjoy a number of different wagers all on a single game.

As betting technology improves, so do online bookmakers. Live Betting is a new feature that is gaining a lot of ground amongst the online gambling community, and Football is doubtless one of the most popular sports on offer. Being able to bet in-game has added a whole new dimension to online betting, as it allows you to make a wager according to how the game is progressing, with odds that change regularly over the course of every match.

There are plenty of other sports that have unique and interesting ways to bet, so why not take a look at our other online bookmaker guides and articles.

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