[Guide] How to Bet on Soccer?

Jeffrey Monkhouse

Updated: Aug 09, 2022 06:22

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Where Can I Bet on Soccer?

It is often difficult for newcomers to find an ideal football and sports betting website to start betting. It's totally understandable, considering the sheer number of available options, most of which just don't provide a good enough online soccer betting experience. As for soccer betting online, there are some of the best soccer betting sites for 2022. Such as Bet365, Unibet and Bwin.


How to Bet on Soccer?

1. Betting the 3-way money line

As the title entails, there are three options when betting the 3-way Moneyline:

Team A wins/Team B wins/Team A and Team B draw

Three-way money line effects are graded totally on ninety minutes of play, additionally recognized as "Regular Time."

This includes any injury or stoppage time added by the referee’s discretion but does not include overtimes or penalty shootouts.

For example, Argentina played Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final and the closing three-way Moneyline was:

  • Germany +130
  • Argentina +255
  • Draw +230
  • Argentina and Germany were tied, 0-0, after 90 minutes of regulation, meaning the Draw +230 cashed. Betting on Germany (+130) or Argentina (+255) lost, even though the Germans ended up winning in extra time.


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    2. Betting the 2 way Moneyline

    Another way of soccer betting is taking the two-way Moneyline, which is provided in two easy ways: Double Chance and Draw No Bet. Both are graded completely on ninety minutes of regulation.

    Double Chance means you’re betting on a unique group to win/draw, or either crew to win. The three viable effects are:

  • Team A wins or draws
  • Team B wins or draws
  • Team A wins or Team B wins
  • Here’s an example:

  • Germany/Draw -215
  • Argentina/Draw -165
  • Germany/Argentina -200
  • For each bet, you’re essentially just eliminating one of the results.
  • Draw No Bet is a wager that eliminates the prospect of the draw completely, so the solely two conceivable effects are:

  • Team A wins
  • Team B wins
  • Since the draw is taken out of the equation, these odds are usually generally on the favorite.

    For example:

    Germany -200

    Argentina +150

    If the game ends in a draw in regulation, then all bets are refunded and considered “No Action”. This was the case in the 2014 World Cup Final since the game was tied after 90 minutes.

    3. Betting Goal Lines (/Spreads)

    Similar to betting the Two-Way Moneyline, the Goal Line is a type of wager that eliminates at least one outcome. Goal Lines are similar to Puck Lines in hockey and point spreads in soccer or basketball.

    A Goal Line is typically -0.5 goals in soccer, but for games with big favorites, the Goal Line may be higher like -1.5 or -2.5.

    Goal Line odds for a World Cup match between Argentina and Iran look like this:

  • Argentina -2.5 goals (+110)
  • Iran +2.5 goals (-120)
  • When dealing with goal lines or spreads, there’s always juice associated, just like an NFL spread or NBA spread.
  • If you bet on Argentina -2.5 goals, then to win the bet they must win by three goals or more. If you bet on Iran +2.5 goals, that means to win the bet Iran can win, draw or lose by one or two goals.

    You can also bet the Asian handicap, a type of point spread that splits your wager on two different bets — like -1.5 and -2. If your team wins by two, in that case, you break even. If they win by three, you win both.

    4. Betting Totals

    Totals in soccer work much differently than they do in other sports and can be shown in multiples of .25 goals. Since scoring is minimal compared to other sports, bookmakers will often set a total of 2.25, 2.5 or 2.75.

    For example, if you bet on the Over 2.25 goals, half your bet is placed on "Over 2" and the other half of your bet is placed on "Over 2.5".

    If the game ends, 1-1, then you lose your bet on Over 2.5, and are refunded your bet on Over 2 since it pushed. If the game ends with three goals or more, you would win both your bets.

    Another example is if you bet on Under 2.75 goals. Half of your bet is placed on Under 2.5 goals and the other half of the bet is on Under 3 goals. If the game lands on three, you’d lose half your bet (Under 2.5) and refund the other half (Under 3).

    What Are the Most Popular Soccer Leagues to Bet on?

    There is a range of expert soccer leagues to bet on. Because soccer is such an international sport, there are primary soccer leagues all over the world that you can wager on.

    The most famous soccer leagues to wager on are the English Premier League, Bundesliga (Germany), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), Ligue 1 (France), and Major League Soccer (America).

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