When is a soccer game considered official for sports betting purposes?
Soccer games don’t have to go full regulation for wagers to have action. World Cup wagering has gained increase wagering over the past decade at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. In America soccer World Cup betting has made itself on scheduled segments of sports betting radio shows, as the betting public has demanded more coverage. The World Cup is attractive to Las Vegas and online sports betting professionals as the event is schedule in the summer months and only goes head to head against 1 major sport and that’s Major League Baseball on the betting board in the United States. Games are official for wagering purposes after 40 minutes of the second half have been completed. With soccer being played in outdoor stadiums extreme weather conditions can force games to be cancelled. Also there have been those rare occasions when fan behavior has forced the cancellation of games. The best practice for sports bettors is to read thoroughly the terms and conditions posted at a Las Vegas and online sportsbooks in regards to when games are official for wagering purposes in these rare situations.
Soccer betting professionals scour websites looking for statistics on teams. Many look at past results as an indicator on the teams strength and ability. Most professional soccer leagues schedule 2 games a week for their teams. As teams compete for their league title they compete in tournament or domestic cup games during their league schedule. Sports betting professionals will seek local newspapers online to get important information on the soccer teams head coach’s roster decisions. They want to find out how motivated the team is. Some may be completely out of contention for the league title and may be looking to play out the string. Some teams near the bottom of the standings may be playing to avoid relegation to a lesser league next season. At times players will be hit with suspensions and will be forced to miss the team’s upcoming match. Some teams hold either their league or tournament play more important and may sit players to freshen them up for their upcoming league or tournament game. The best practice for a Las Vegas or online sportsbook soccer bettors is to look at the upcoming schedule, research local newspapers to determine if teams are sitting key players to heal minor ailments and if key players must serve a suspension.
The soccer betting board offers many options. Moneyline or also known as fixed odds wagers have three outcomes – you can pick either of the teams to win, or you can pick a draw. If you don’t pick a draw and the game ends in a tie, you lose the wager. Some online or Las Vegas sportsbooks will put pointspread wagering options or also known “Asian Handicap” on soccer matches. The games will be lined with a ½,1, 1 ½ or even 2 points. The favorite in the betting will be lined with a (-) meaning they are giving a head start to the other team and the underdog will be lined with a (+) meaning they will be given between ½ to 2 goal head start to begin the game. The objective of the sports bettor is to take either the underdog or favorite in the betting. Pointspread wagering is very familiar to gamblers who bet at Las Vegas sportsbooks as point spread lines are bet heavily in the NFL, college football, college basketball and the NBA. Many Las Vegas sportsbooks will post odds on soccer matches in the pointspread fashion.
Unless otherwise specified when wagering on soccer the score at the end of regulation play (90 minutes plus injury time) will be used for wagering purposes. Results from extra time, golden goals, or penalty shootouts are not included. The best practice that all professional Las Vegas or online sports bettors follow is to read the terms and conditions that are posted for betting patrons.