More money is bet on soccer than any other sport. It is a low scoring game of two halves with relatively large teams which means the contribution of any individual player is less significant.

Certain bet types lend themselves to soccer and certain variations of standard bets are popular.

Betting the 3-way Moneyline:


In soccer, draws are common and come in two types. Score draws and no score draws where the match ends 0-0. This mean there are 3 different outcomes to bet on between Team A and Team B:

  • Team A wins
  • Team B wins
  • Team A and Team B draw

Soccer bets are generally based on the scorelines at the end of regular time (90 minutes) regardless of whether or not that is followed by extra time and/or penalty shootouts.

For example, in the early stages of the soccer World Cup, a winner is required in the tournament in order to progress to the next stage, but all bets are settled on 90 minutes of play (Regular Time). 

A draw is a possible outcome to bet on even in a game where one team must be eliminated. An example of what a 3-way moneyline would look like is:

France -129
Switzerland +325
Draw +250

Here you can bet on the draw although it is unlikely so a $100 bet would pay off $250 if the draw actually happened.

Betting the 2-way Moneyline without the Draw:


Bookmakers also offer a 2-way moneyline, also known as “Draw, No Bet.” This takes the option of a draw out of the equation. The two possible wagers are:

  • Team A wins
  • Team B wins

The odds on the favorite will increase and the odds on the underdog decrease:


For example, in a World Cup match between France and Switzerland, odds on the 2-way moneyline might be quoted as:

  • France -310
  • Switzerland +272

There is no option to bet on the draw, and if the game ends in a draw, the bet is refunded.

Betting Goal Lines


A Goal Line allows people to bet on multiple different outcomes without the draw. It is 0.5 goals in most cases but for games with big favorites, the Goal Line may be bigger. Take this game between Argentina and Saudi Arabia as an example:

  • Argentina -2.5 goals (+110)
  • Saudi Arabia +2.5 goals (-120)

If you bet Argentina -2.5 goals, they need to win by 3 or more goals to bring home a profit. Inversely, betting Iran +2.5 goals means that in order for you to win the bet, Iran have win, draw, or lose by 1 or 2 goals.

Totals


Since soccer games are extremely low scoring sporting events, Totals bets work differently. Usually the Totals score is set in multiples of .25 goals. Bookmakers will often set a Total of 2.25 or 2.75. 

For example, if you bet on the Over 2.25 goals, you place half your bet on over 2 and the other half on over 2.5. You lose half if 2 are scored (Over 2.5) and are refunded the other half (Over 2). If 3 goals are scored, you emerge victorious from both your bets.

For bets on Under 2.75 goals, half your bet is placed on the Under 2.5 goals and the other half is bet on the Under 3 goals. If the game lands on 3, you lose half and get half back.