Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It’s estimated that more than 3.5 billion people are associated as a football fan. Around the world many countries have expressed to be the origin of soccer, many referencing to versions of kicking a ball like figure on a pitch. Nonetheless, the first known representation to genuine football is in an Edinburgh print dated 1672, where the ball was created from an inflated pig’s bladder.
Soccer, or what is known as Football in Europe and other parts of the world, originated in England back in 1863 when the Football Association in England was born. The game involves players kicking a ball on a pitch in order to score a goal. A soccer game is played between two teams of 11 players each, with the option of substitutions throughout the game.
US – MLS
Pro soccer in the US is made up of three professional leagues, the MLS, USL Championship and USL League One. The top-level league is Major League Soccer (MLS), which is made up of a total of 26 teams. The league is split into two divisions, Eastern Conference and Western Conference. Each team plays two games that are home and away from every team in their conference, as well as one game from the opposite conference.
Future of soccer in the USA
The USA is fast approaching similar levels of soccer quality when compared to the EPL and La Liga with many famous soccer players such as Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney each taking a shot with a major MLS team.
Soccer in the USA is becoming more popular, as soccer teams fill out Football like stadiums and expansion plans in the MLS is well underway.
With the promise of 2026 World Cup set to be held in North America, it’s no surprise that there is growing popularity amongst fans and professionals in the states.
Rules for Soccer Betting
Soccer wagers are official after a full soccer game, which is considered as 90 minutes of play plus any injury time. If the game goes to extra time or penalty shootouts, the wager will not be considered unless specified on the sports sheet.
Soccer Betting Lines
Three Way – Team A, Team B, and Draw. On a three-way bet, you need to ensure the selected wager is correct at the end of the game.
For example, if you choose LA Galaxy to win over San Jose Earthquakes and if they go onto draw the game, your wager on LA Galaxy loses.
Two Way – A two-way bet is where you choose the winning team, either Team A or Team B.
Point Spread – A point spread is a popular form of wagering within sports betting. It shows each team with a (+) underdog or (-) favourite, commonly referred to as the ‘line’. Your bet must cover the spread which has been calculated by the sportsbooks.
Example: New York Red Bulls (-1) Vs Montreal Impact (+1)
If you wager on the favoured team, in this case New York Red Bulls, you’re betting that the favourite is going to win by more goals than the point spread. On the other hand, If you bet on the underdog, the Montreal Impact, you’re betting that the team will lose by less than the point spread or win the game outright.
Over / Unders – You may wager that the score after full time is more than or less than the total calculated by the sportsbook. This total is the score of both teams added together.
Alternatively, you can wager on O/U on individual teams, whether the chosen team will score more or less than the wager.
Half Time – Making a wager on the half time results are wagers on based on 45 minutes plus any injury time as they head into the dugout. You can either make a Three-way bet or Tie-No Bet wager only when if there’s a team-leading by the half time result. If the teams are drawing, the wager is recouped and given back.
Corners – Bets made on corners are calculated by O/U, to the total made by the end of the match or by individual teams going O/U the total amount.
Game Props – This is a fun way to place bets on events that may or may not happen in a game. These bets are on events in soccer which can be around penalties, assists and player performances.
Both Teams To Score – This wager is betting that both teams will score in the game, making any result from 1-1 and upwards, a winning bet.
English Premier League is considered the top tier and the highest football league in the world. It boasts some of the best players and biggest clubs in the world with the likes of Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and many more. Notoriously known for its physical games and action-packed goals, don’t expect to see the same game twice.
What to bet on EPL
Champions of the Premier Leauge – Each year the top-flight soccer clubs battle it out to win the premier league, with the champion crowned earning an immediate prize in the region of $182m plus TV commercial and branding deals.
To give you an idea of how competitive it is, the last team to win consecutive titles back to back was Manchester United in 2006 – 2008/9 seasons. Meaning there’s a spot for a new team to take the crown every year.
Competitions – Within the EPL are some of the biggest and oldest competitions that see not only the premieur league but also Championship teams and European Rivals take part to lift a trophy up. Here ares some of the competitions to look out for in the EPL and Europe:
- FA Cup
- EFL Cup
- Community Shield
- Champions League (Europe)
Rivals – With clubs being part of the each city’s heart and history, there are plenty or rivals in the EPL which makes up for an interesting match. Within London you have the main 4 clubs which are Arsenal, Tottenham, Chealsea and WestHam United. Each being close rivals and having derby’s against other teams.
Head up north of England and you’ll have the other major teams with Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Everton based. Any top flight football team is a great watch, but derby days brings it’s own spark and explosion to the game. Expect a load of goals, corners and cards in these matches, for a punter it’s the perfect formula to cash in on some action.
The Spanish soccer league hosts two of the biggest clubs in the world. Real Madrid and Barcelona which are each known for producing and attracting world-class players. With the two richest clubs in the world being rivals, there’s no better sensation than watching them battle it out in El Clasico.
El Clasico – Translating to “The Classic”, the game is called after the two greats, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Because of the rivalry and high stakes, the game is known for action with plenty of goals, penalties, cards and corners.
What to bet on
Handicap or Asian Handicap – A handicap bet is a popular bet type in points-based sports such as soccer. Especially within La Liga, as there are typically only a handful of top flight teams that typically finish at the top of the league. A Handicap bet involves one team starting the game with more or fewer points to try to even out the advantage that one team has over the other. Therefore making the sport much more exciting for the wager. This is typically used with soccer teams who are the strongest within the league and don’t get the best odds in games.