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How To Bet On Soccer

If you're new to soccer betting, then this guide is for you. We'll cover everything you need to know to get started, including how to bet on soccer and what types of bets you can place.

When it comes to betting on soccer, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you understand the game itself. Soccer is a very complex sport with many different rules and regulations, so it's important that you have a good understanding of the game before placing any bets.

How Do Soccer Betting Lines Work?

There are a few key things to understand about how soccer betting lines work in Canada. First, the odds are usually presented in the decimal format. This means that you will multiply your wager by the decimal odds to determine your potential winnings. For example, if you bet $10 on a team with odds of 2.00, you would stand to win $20 if they won.

It's also important to understand that the betting lines will often fluctuate before a match. This is because oddsmakers are constantly trying to get an accurate read on how likely each team is to win. As more money comes in on one side or the other, the odds will adjust to try and balance things out. This is why it's often a good idea to wait until closer to game time to place your bets, so that you can get the best possible odds.

Finally, it's worth noting that most Canadian sportsbooks will also offer live betting on soccer matches. This means that you can place bets while the match is underway, and often cash out early if it looks like your team is going to lose. This can be a great way to recoup some of your losses, or turn a small profit even if your original bet doesn't pan out.

What is a Moneyline in Soccer Betting?

A moneyline in soccer betting is a type of bet where you simply pick which team you think will win the game. There are no point spreads or other handicaps to worry about, so if your team wins the game, you win the bet.

3-Way Moneyline

A moneyline where there are three possible outcomes. For example, in a game between Arsenal and Chelsea, you could bet on Arsenal to win, Chelsea to win, or the game to end in a draw.

2-Way Moneyline

A moneyline with only two possible outcomes. In a game between Manchester United and Liverpool, you would pick one team to win, or the other team to win. If the game ended in a draw, your bet would be void (no winner).

Types of Bets on Soccer Matches

The most common types of bets on soccer matches are:

Point Spread

This is a bet on the margin of victory. The favorite will be given a “-” sign, while the underdog will be given a “+” sign. You will need to risk more money on the favorite in order to win less, while you will need to risk less money on the underdog in order to win more.


This is a bet on the total number of goals scored in the match. The odds will be expressed as either “over” or “under”. For example, if the total is set at 2.5, then you would bet on whether there will be 3 or more goals scored (an “over” bet), or 2 or fewer goals scored (an “under” bet).


This is a bet on which team will win a tournament or league. The odds are usually expressed as decimal numbers, so you will need to risk more money on the favorite in order to win less, while you will need to risk less money on the underdog in order to win more.

Prop Bets

This is a bet on anything that can happen in the match. For example, you could bet on whether or not a certain player will score a goal, or how many yellow cards will be shown. The odds are usually expressed as decimal numbers.

Draw No Bet

This is a bet where you pick one team to win, and if the match ends in a draw, then your bet is void and you get your money back. The odds will be expressed as either positive or negative numbers. A minus sign (-) indicates the favorite, while a plus sign (+) indicates the underdog.

Half-Time/Full-Time Betting

This is a bet on which team will be winning at half-time, and which team will be winning at full-time. The odds will be expressed as either “1X2”, “12” or “X2”. 1X2 means that you are betting on the home team to win (1) or the away team to win (2), while X2 means that you are betting on the away team to win or the match to end in a draw (X).

Handicap Betting

This is a bet where one team starts the match with a “-” handicap, and the other team starts with a “+” handicap. For example, if the handicap is set at -1.5, then you would need to bet on the favorite to win by 2 goals or more, while if the handicap is set at +1.5, then you would need to bet on the underdog to either win or lose by 1 goal. The odds will be expressed as either positive or negative numbers. A minus sign (-) indicates the favorite, while a plus sign (+) indicates the underdog.

Correct Score

This is a bet on what the final score of the match will be. The odds will be expressed as a decimal number. For example, if the odds are 3.00, then you would need to bet $100 to win $300.

First Goal

This is a bet on which player will score the first goal of the match. The odds will be expressed as a decimal number. For example, if the odds are 3.00, then you would need to bet $100 to win $300.

Parlay Bets

A parlay bet is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers for a higher payout. For example, you could bet on the outcome of three different matches. If all three bets win, you will collect a much larger payout than if you had placed each bet separately.

Live Betting

Live betting gives you the opportunity to bet on a soccer match after it has already started. This type of bet is becoming increasingly popular as it adds an extra layer of excitement to the game. With live betting, you can usually bet on things like the next goal scorer, the next yellow card, or even the next corner kick.

The Best Soccer Leagues to Bet On

There are a number of professional soccer leagues around the world that offer exciting betting opportunities for punters.

The English Premier League, in which soccer is known as football, is one of the most popular leagues in the world and it is also one of the most competitive. There are 20 teams in the league and they play 38 fixtures each season.

The Spanish La Liga is another top league which is contested by 20 teams. The La Liga season runs from September to May and the matches are shown in over 50 countries.

Germany's Bundesliga is also a top league with 18 teams competing. The Bundesliga season runs from August to May with the matches being televised in over 80 countries.

The Italian Serie A is another top European league with 20 teams taking part. The Serie A season runs from August to May.

There are also a number of other professional soccer leagues around the world. These include the MLS in America, the Australian A-League, and the Brazilian Serie A.

Finally, the UEFA Champions League is a great tournament to bet on if you know what you're doing. The Champions League annually pits the best teams from all over Europe against each other in a knockout competition. Additionally, for those teams which narrowly miss out on the Champions League (1st tier) there is the Europa League (2nd tier).

Five Tips for Handicap Soccer Betting

In order to make money from betting on soccer, you need to be able to handicap the matches accurately. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:

  1. Look at the recent form of both teams. This is probably the most important factor in handicapping a match. If one team is in good form and the other is not, then it's likely that the former will win.
  2. Pay attention to the head-to-head record between the two teams. If one team has consistently beaten the other in recent years, then they're likely to do so again.
  3. Consider the strength of each team's home field advantage. Some teams are simply much better at playing at home than they are away. If you're betting on a match between two such teams, then it's probably best to bet on the home team.
  4. Don't forget about factors like injuries and suspensions. If a key player is missing from either team, then that could have a significant impact on the outcome of the match.
  5. Try to get an accurate line on the match. The odds set by bookmakers are usually pretty good, but they're not perfect. If you can find a better line elsewhere, then you may be able to make some extra profit.

Following these tips should help you handicap soccer matches more accurately, and thus increase your chances of making money from betting on them.

Basic Rules of Soccer

  1. All players must be registered with their respective club in order to be eligible to play.
  2. A maximum of three substitutions are allowed per game, with each team being able to make a maximum of two substitutions.
  3. The duration of the game is 90 minutes, divided into two halves of 45 minutes.
  4. The ball may not be touched with the hands or arms, except by the goalkeepers, who are allowed to use their hands within their own penalty area.
  5. The game is played on a rectangular field, with a goal at each end. The dimensions of the field may vary depending on the size of the venue, but must be between 100 and 130 yards long, and 50 and 100 yards wide.
  6. The team that scores the most goals in the game wins. If the score is tied at the end of regulation time, then the game may go into overtime periods of 10 or 15 minutes each, until a winner is determined.
  7. All players must wear uniforms (also known as a football strip or kit) that are easily distinguishable from those worn by the opposing team. Additionally, all players must wear shin guards during play.
  8. Only players, coaches, and officials are allowed on the field during play. No one else is allowed on the field without prior permission from the referee.
  9. The referee has full authority to enforce the laws of the game and may issue warnings, yellow cards, or red cards to players who commit violations.
  10. The decisions of the referee are final and may not be appealed (although a straight red card can be appealed after the game if the club feels the ref got it wrong).

Common Mistakes in Soccer Betting

There are a lot of different factors that can affect the outcome of a soccer match, which makes predicting the results quite difficult. However, there are some common mistakes that people make when betting on soccer matches, which can lead to them losing money.

1. Not Doing Your Research

When it comes to betting on soccer, research is key. You need to know everything about the teams you're betting on, their form, their strengths and weaknesses, etc. Without doing your research, you're essentially just gambling blind.

2. Betting on Too Many Games

One of the biggest mistakes made by novices is betting on too many games. It's important to remember that you can't win every bet, no matter how confident you are. By spreading your bets too thin, you're increasing your chances of losing money overall.

3. Chasing Losses

Another common mistake made by soccer bettors is chasing losses. This is when you increase your bet size after a loss in an attempt to quickly recoup your losses. This is generally a bad idea, as it can lead to even bigger losses.

4. Not Having a Plan

When it comes to soccer betting, it's important to have a plan. This means knowing what you're going to bet on, how much you're going to bet, and when you're going to stop. Without a plan, it's very easy to let emotions take over and make poor betting decisions.

5. Betting With Emotion

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when betting on soccer is letting your emotions get the best of you. It's important to remember that this is just a game and that you shouldn't let your emotions cloud your judgement. If you're feeling angry or upset, it's best to just step away from the betting until you can clear your head.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you'll be well on your way to becoming a successful soccer bettor.

Soccer Terms

  • Dribbling: Keeping control of the ball while running.
  • Shooting: Kicking the ball at the goal, in an attempt to score.
  • Fouls: Breaking the rules, which can result in a free kick or even a red card.
  • Offsides: When an attacker is too far ahead of the last defender when the ball is played to them.
  • Yellow card: A caution given by the referee for a minor infraction.
  • Red card: An ejection from the game given by the referee for a major infraction.

History of Soccer

Soccer, also known as football outside of the United States, is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is estimated that over 250 million people worldwide play soccer.

The history of soccer can be traced back to ancient China, where it was played as a military training exercise. The game eventually made its way to Europe, where it became extremely popular. However, it was not until 1863 that the rules of modern soccer were codified by the English Football Association.

Since then, soccer has grown in popularity and is now played professionally all over the world. Some of the most popular professional leagues include the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A. The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious international tournament in soccer, and is held every four years. However, there are many other popular tournaments held both internationally eg UEFA Nations League and domestically the most famous being The FA Cup ,which started in England in 1871 and is very highly regarded by players and fans.

Bet on Soccer Responsibly

Most people think that sports betting is all about picking winners and losers. But there's much more to it than that. Responsible sports betting requires knowing how to manage your money, understanding the odds, and being aware of the risks involved.

When betting responsibly, it can be a fun and exciting way to add excitement to your favorite sport. But it's important to remember that it's still gambling. There's always the chance you could lose money, so it's important to bet only what you can afford to lose.

Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
1 December 2022 14:37