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How Does Soccer/Football Betting Work?

How Does Soccer/Football Betting Work?

The fundamentals of Soccer/Football betting do not differ too much from the structure of other sports. However, there are features of the game of Soccer/Football that are reflected in the way its betting works. There are a few ways to bet on Soccer/Football: betting on the outcome of the game, betting on the spread, betting on the over/under of the total amount of goals scored in a game, and lastly, placing proposition or “prop” bets.

Betting on the Game Outcome

Placing bets on the outcome of a game is the most popular way to bet on Soccer/Football and any sport. When you bet on the outcome of a Soccer/Football game, you have three choices. You can bet on Team A to win, Team B to win, or both Team A and Team B to draw. Soccer/Football betting is unique in this respect, as it is one of the few sports where a tie is allowed. Each choice has a corresponding payout based on how likely it is to happen, which is called a money line.

A money line for a particular outcome is indicative of how much you will win based on how much money you bet. Choices that have negative money lines are considered to be the more likely outcome. For example, for a choice with a -110 money line, you will have to bet $110 to win $100. On the contrary, positive money lines are considered to be the more unlikely outcome which makes them riskier but also makes the payouts higher. For example, for a choice with a +110 money line, you only bet $100 to win $110.

Betting on the Spread

In addition to money line bets, you can also bet on the spread. The spread is what experts think needs to be adjusted to make the two teams even. For example, if the experts think that Team A should beat Team B by 1.5 goals, then Team B will have a +1.5 spread, and Team A will have a -1.5 spread. With that being said, you can also bet on each team to cover the spread.

If you bet the Team B spread, then Team B would have to lose by 1 goal, draw, or win for your bet to hit. On the other hand, if you bet on Team A’s spread, Team A would have to win by 2 goals or more for your bet to hit. The line associated with each spread choice is much different than the money line bet, as the likelihood of each outcome is much different.


Another bet that you can make in Soccer/Football is betting the over/under of the score. Experts determine how many goals each team is likely to score, and bettors can bet on if the total amount of goals scored in the game will be over or under that determined amount. Both the over and the under options have a line associated with them, and they are typically similar payouts.

Another thing to consider when betting on the over/under of a game is that the number is based on the total goals scored in the entire game by both teams. You can bet prop bets if you want to bet over/under for more specific parts of the game like the first half. However, the most popular and common choice to bet on is the total number of goals in a game from both teams.

Betting Props

Another way to bet on Soccer/Football is to make prop bets. Prop bets are short for the term proposition bets, and are a more specific way to bet on a Soccer/Football game. Prop bets are a broad category of specific bets that have to do with a particular game or player. For example, if you think that Player A on Team A is going to score a goal in the upcoming game, you can bet that Player A will score.

Prop bets are unique because most of them do not concern the outcome of the game, they instead concern a specific player or specific event. Each prop bet has a line associated with it that is based on the likelihood of that specific event happening according to experts. Since these props bets are very specific, the money lines associated with them are typically very high and positive.