This is a particularly rich wagering window for the world’s most popular sport because Euro 2020 was postponed to summer 2021 and will be followed by the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. That means soccer bettings and odds are more important this year than ever.
Major League Soccer will also bridge the gap between the 2020-21 top-flight campaigns in Europe and the kickoffs to their 2021-22 seasons as the world ekes back to normalcy.
We will basically have unmitigated pitch action through late spring 2023, which will be welcomed with zeal.
With some diligence in viewing the games, processing research, and being tactful in taking wagering positions, the sport can be wildly entertaining. There are profits to be reaped.
The Best Soccer-Betting Sportsbooks
William Hill shops in Las Vegas and around the world attract an abundance of patronage for this beautiful game, due in large part to William Hill’s global brand recognition.
In addition, the Westgate SuperBook posts an exceptional weekly soccer menu, not just in Europe’s top-flight Big Five: Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, Bundesliga in Germany, Serie A in Italy, and Ligue 1 in France, but also in locales like Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, and Holland.
Circa Sports and Station Casinos also provide excellent competition for soccer-wagering attention in Las Vegas. Those venues will have any Vegas resident or visitor covered when seeking soccer action.
Growing With The Ever-Expanding US Sports-Betting Industry
The expansion of legalized sports betting in the US has resulted in nearly half of the country having some form of legal sports wagering as of this writing.
States set odds on all the professional sports, and soccer menus are especially deep with all of the action going on around the world. That it happens to be the world’s most popular sport is one reason why such games and tournaments are being offered.
Another reason, which many behind the counter will not divulge, is that the shops do very well in booking soccer. It’s a great revenue stream for them, which means it’s a challenge for the bettor. But with tact and discretion, bettors can make money on soccer.
The Westgate SuperBook, which has expanded into Colorado and New Jersey, is a premier destination for any punter (er, bettor/gambler) seeking to get a quid (er, money) down on football—okay, soccer. We actually prefer the Portuguese “futebol” but will stick with the Americanized version for this piece.
At the SuperBook, John Murray and Jeff Sherman post numbers on Serie B (Italy’s second division), the Jupiler Pro League (Belgium), the Allsvenskan (Sweden), South American domestic leagues, national tournaments, and more to feed a growing appetite in the game.
William Hill US began in 2012 with its acquisition of three smaller books and has continued to grow. Its global empire began in WWI when Mr. Hill ran betting sheets in BSA’s industrial plant in Birmingham, England.
Its soccer expertise is first-rate. Even though Caesars mounted a successful multi-billion-dollar takeover bid in spring 2021, the company vowed to keep operations and personnel smooth through the end of 2022. Expect it to continue unabated way past that time frame under whatever new company name it might assume.
Circa Sports is always setting trends, as in offering yes/no proposition options, that are carving its niche in the business. And at South Point, book director Chris Andrews and lieutenant Vinnie Magliulo keep their soccer offerings fresh and are a must-stop on the circuit.
Online Sportsbooks For Soccer Fans
Companies that have proliferated with sports-betting apps include DraftKings (legal in 11 states), FanDuel (10 states), and BetRivers (nine states), and soccer is one of their main attractions.
BetMGM, BetRivers, and PointsBet are also competitive on desktops and smartphones and many companies offer bonuses to patronize them.
As this is being written, FanDuel boasted of a “risk-free bet” of up to $1,000, Bet365 was offering up to $500 in bet credits, and BetMGM had a lure of a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. Other options like odds boosts varied according to each shop.
The industry is growing so rapidly; however, it is best to research each state for the current status of whose books are operating within those borders. From there, it will be easy to gauge which offers and whose odds are most appealing.
Online Sportsbooks That Take Soccer Bets In The US
Popular Soccer Championship Bets
The World Cup is the premier soccer tournament staged every four years in a different global venue and is planned years in advance. A futures ticket for the World Cup can often be bought at many books years in advance once the previous tourney has ended.
Qatar will host the next World Cup in 2022. This will be the first time the Middle East hosts the event.
Brazil leads the world having won five FIFA World Cup trophies. Germany, which has advanced to the title match on a record eight occasions, and Italy have each won four times, and Argentina, Uruguay, and France have each won two times.
Brazil’s wins were in 1994 and 2002 while the French won in 1998 and 2018 in Russia.
The European Champions League might be next on the list of global importance, but many of its aficionados rank it number one because it is held every year, and its clubs are filled with the best players in the world.
Argentina has not exactly shined on the global stage with superstar Lionel Messi, but his FC Barcelona side is often in the mix of the late business-stage rounds of the Champions League.
Real Madrid has won the CL crown a record 13 times, and it became the first to win three in a row—in 2016, 2017, and 2018. AC Milan has taken seven titles, Bayern Munich and Liverpool six apiece, and Barça has taken five.
The domestic campaigns of most top flights run from late August through late May. Once a season ends, the top books usually provide odds on the next season’s league victor within a month.
Many nations stage at least one domestic tournament during the course of a season, so players on élite squads are always kept busy with their domestic league games, at least one domestic tourney, and a European tournament–either the Champions or Europa leagues.
Soccer players’ fitness levels and national team responsibilities are always vital to club and national teams’ successes.
It is also vital for successful bettors to track players when they’ve played several games consecutively and to know when rest might be in order.
Placing Bets On Soccer
Below is a table of an actual match booked by the Westgate SuperBook’s outstanding oddsmakers. Team names don’t matter as we aim only to explain the basics of how to navigate these figures.
The fundamental challenge of soccer, different from most every other sports wager, is the three-way offerings. It’s typical to take a position on either Team A or Team B to win outright—or bettors can select Draw.
That makes the game very challenging. In most sports, the selection is over which team will win. In American football, the point spread comes into play: will Team A win by x points, or will Team B cover (lose by x points but stay within the points they’re given to cover the spread)?
Soccer is the anomaly due to that pesky Draw. Overtime and penalty shootouts are typically not included in such a Draw wager; it only involves the regular 90-minute match, plus the added few minutes for injury time.
Odds on any of the three offerings are sweeter than in a two-offering scenario, but that one extra element makes it a far tougher decision.
That can be dodged by betting on the Goal Line which narrows the outcomes to two. In this scenario, Team A will either win by a goal, or Team B will either tie or win outright.
Team B goes from a decided underdog at +280 (bet $100 to win $280) on the three-way to a slim favorite of -105 (risk $105 to win $100) because a tie now makes it a winner also as does, of course, if it were to triumph outright.
With a total of 3 goals, selecting Over is a bet on the game featuring at least four goals. Taking Under is a wager on fewer than two goals being scored. With either an Over or Under bet, if the match features three goals it is a push; the bet is returned.
Soccer Betting Odds Scenarios
|Sportsbook||Moneyline||Total Goals||Goal Line|
|Team A||-115||Over 3 -130||-½ -115|
|Team B||+280||Under 3 +110||+½ -105|
Betting on either team to win, Draw, or placing a wager on the match to finish Over or Under the designated goal total are singular side bets.
Parlays are typically offered on soccer and can be lucrative, especially if a bettor is confident about taking a three-way option. A rotation number will precede either team or choose to Draw, and a patron can parlay combinations of teams and/or totals together.
“A two-way parlay please on 224409 to the Over in 224413 for fifty bucks.”
That is a request from a SuperBook Europa League sheet on May 6: 224409 being Manchester United (at -115 over AS Roma) and 224413 being Over on 2½, at -120 from the Villarreal-Arsenal match.
There are countless other ways to make a bet on a soccer match, from who will score the first goal to the exact final score of the game to mutually exclusive wagers on the first or second half alone.
To keep this simple, we are addressing the basic ways to get involved with soccer.
What Is A Soccer Futures Bet
A futures bet is a wager on a team to win a league, domestic, European, or international tournament to be decided a few months down the road, or in the case of the World Cup, sometimes a few years in the future.
An epic example of this type of wager in the US occurred on July 15, 2015: Someone at Silver Sevens in Vegas placed ten bucks on Leicester City to win the Premier League at 2500-to-1 odds.
Leicester, behind striker Jamie Vardy and the rest of a side immortalized as “The Unbelievables,” won England’s top flight for the first time since its inception in 1894.
Almost exactly one year after making the wager, the bettor won $25,010—the principal of $10 and the $25,000 winnings.
In England, those were the highest odds ever paid out by many veteran bookmakers.
William Hill rewarded 25 patrons who had bought 5,000-1 odds on Leicester, an odds record for the shop. The largest stake was a £25 wager from someone in Manchester who netted £125,000.
Even when those high odds got shaved due to action, a customer from Surrey staked £75 on the Foxes at 1,500-1 and won £112,500.
Odds of finding Elvis Presley alive were paltry–only 2,000-1, by comparison. Ladbrokes had 47 customers back Leicester at 5,000-1 odds.
“The unthinkable has become reality and we’re facing paying out the sort of liability that you joke about at the start of the season,” Sky Bet’s Sandro Di Michele told the UK publishing entity, This Is Money.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes called it the biggest sporting upset since David beat Goliath: “We can only doff our cap to the brave punters who had the foresight and confidence to part ways with the cash on the Leicester fairytale ending.”
How Soccer Bets Are Calculated
Oddsmakers at each sportsbook establish the aforementioned odds, totals, goal lines, futures numbers, and all other figures related to soccer betting.
A combination of experience, power rankings and insights from colleagues and other experts factor into their equations and final numbers. They also track what is typically referred to as “sharp” money from bettors who have fared well in the sport and adjust their figures accordingly.
Injuries, coaching changes, potential roster alterations, and a run of poor or excellent form can also affect a team’s match odds as a season unfolds.
A team in England in the middle of the Premier League that has been running well in the FA Cup, say, might place more stock in trying to win that domestic tournament than continuing to spin its wheels against a top side in the league.
So if there’s a string of three matches in five days and that middle match is an FA Cup fixture, that team might rest a couple of its top players in the game before the cup match to ensure they are rested and ready for that tournament.
That is vital information to monitor when betting on soccer.
Wagering On Soccer In The US
It’s as easy as stepping inside one of the many books in the many jurisdictions that allow sports betting.
Otherwise, in venues that allow mobile-app wagering, signing up for a mobile account at various books is a simple process. There is paperwork, then funds must be deposited in that account.
Download that company’s app to a computer or mobile device and you’re off and running. It’s easy to scroll through the company’s offerings, find and tap Soccer, then scroll through its menu.
Tap on the game or prop that looks enviable, decide on an amount of money that is comfortable, and you’ll be ready to partake in the action.
In 2019, BetMGM inked a four-year deal with Major League Soccer to be its “official sports-betting partner,” an association in which both entities hope to benefit from being exposed to the other’s consumers.
In October 2020, FanDuel signed an exclusive partnership agreement with D.C. United. In 2018, William Hill announced such a link with the Las Vegas Lights, a team in the lower-level United Soccer League.
And in March 2021, BetMGM linked an exclusive partnership deal containing many cross-marketing and promotional plans with Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. It’s BetMGM’s first foray into Europe.
Sportsbooks and gambling sites have long advertised in Europe, even having their logos emblazoned across teams’ uniforms, which the MLS allowed in 2019. Signage is prevalent in stadiums across the Continent, which is beginning to appear in US stadiums as well.
Soccer Betting FAQs
NBC’s commitment to air English Premier League matches in the US a few years ago has resulted in increased ratings, and German and Italian matches can often be found on other channels.
MLS recently added a 27th team in Austin, Texas, and there are additional plans to further expand the top flight of US soccer.
Yes, but it depends on the state. The industry has been expanding rapidly in the three years since the US Supreme Court struck down a federal law, paving the way for each state to decide its own sports-betting fate.
FanDuel has a deal with D.C. United and BetMGM has an overarching pact with MLS. William Hill is linked with a minor-league side in Las Vegas. Parties on both sides hope exposure benefits will be mutual.
Yes, and it can be very entertaining and rewarding. But it sometimes requires constant attention and hair-trigger reactions to capitalize on a run of play and other factors like injuries.
It depends on what is being sought, and it always requires vigilance and dedication to compare odds on various mobile apps to ensure maximum profit, for example.
For Vegas soccer odds, it’s always wise to check the numbers at Circa Sports and the Westgate SuperBook. The figures at those two shops will often trump what’s available elsewhere.