Soccer is quickly becoming one of the most played sports in Australia thanks to recent success in high profile tournaments by the national team and the watching public has jumped on the band wagon.
Soccer betting in Australia has also seen a upturn in recent years also due to live coverage of Europe's best leagues and tournament namely the EPL and the Champions League.
The A League consists of ten teams who battle it out each year in a bid to qualify for the finals series and go onto the grand final at the end of the season and be crowned champions.
The EPL does not have a finals series and is won purely on merit with the league leaders taking the trophy at 38 grueling games.
The Champions League brings together Europe's elite with the top teams from last seasons domestic competitions fighting it out for the coveted trophy, six group games are followed by a home and away knock out phase which leads to the final two teams going head to head.
Soccer is played over two fourty five minute halves and the rules are simple, score as many goals as you can.
The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match and collects three points, if th ematch ends in a draw then the teams take one point each.
Below is a list of the current A League teams who compete each season, their home ground and which state they represent:
Central Coast Stadium
McDonald Jones Stadium
Wellington, N Zealand
Common Bet Types For Soccer.
Head To Head Betting.
This is a general win - lose - draw bet placed on either of the two soccer teams competing in a single match, soccer is one sport that the draw comes into play due to the low scoring nature of the sport.
Line or Handicap Betting.
This option relates to the online betting sites handicap that is given to the team that is expected to lose in a bid to even the match up and the prices accordingly.
The online bookmaker will offer the inferior team a virtual head start in line with their current form and the line could be anywhere a little as 0.5 goals all the way up to 3 or 4.
Example - Man Utd are priced at 1.1 to beat Swansea in the head to head market but once the handicap is formed lets say Swansea gain 1.5 goals then the line betting would be 1.9 the pair.
If Swansea either win the game or lose by no more than 1.5 goals then it is Swansea that is deemed the winner in the market.
As it sounds, place a bet on the match for the correct score at full time, home win, away win or draw.
Example - Man Utd to win 1-0, if they win 1-0 your bet is up but any other score and it's a losing bet even if Man Utd won by a different score.
This market is solely about what the difference in scores will be at the end of the game between the two teams.
You can pick set margins that the betting site has priced up which usually consists of band ranges or you can go for the exact margin a team will win by.
Example - Man Utd 1-2 goals, this means that if Man Utd win the match by anywhere between 1-2 goals then your bet is a winner.
Alternatively the exact margin would be if you placed a bet on Man Utd to win by 3 goals then they would have to win by that margin and that margin alone
First and Last Goalscorer Betting.
Pick a player to score either the first goal in any half or the last goal in any half and if your selection obliges then your bet is a winner.
Most Goals Betting.
You can pick any given player to score the most goals during the match of the players playing and if your selection manages to score the most or tie then your bet is good.
Example - Player A scores 2 goals and the nearest rival only manages 1 goal then player A is the winner OR player A and B score 2 goals each then they are both deemed the winner and the odds of the selections are halved.
If three players score the same amount then the odds are a third of the original and so on.
Yellow and Red Cards.
You can bet on how many cards will be given out during the match, there are different variations of this bet type some betting sites offer a points system e.g 10 points for a yellow and 30 points for a red.
Half Time Full Time Betting.
This market allows you to place a bet on a result at half time and then the result at full time.
Example - Man Utd to be leading at half time and at full time OR a draw at half time and Man Utd to win at full time.
It is a good option to inflate your odds on any given match.
This is a very popular bet, a simple win bet on who will be crowned EPL champions at the seasons end.
There is no finals series in the EPL so the champion is the team that sits at the top of the league after 38 games.
A League Winner.
This is a win bet on who will win the A League title after the finals series is complete and one team comes out on top in the grand final.
Champions League Winner.
Europe's premier tournament held each year, the best teams across Europe compete in a group phase and then a knockout phase to be crowned kings of Europe.
FA/FFA Cup Winner.
Cup competitions are always popular with fans and they are often hot betting markets. A simple win bet on which team will lift the cup.
This market allows you to bet on the player you think will score the most goals throughout the season.