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Football involves two teams of 11 players trying to manoeuvre the ball into their opponent’s goal using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms – with the exception of the goalkeeper. It is considered the world’s most popular ball game, played almost anywhere from fields/pitches, gymnasiums, streets, playgrounds, parks, and beaches.
While the origins of football go back to medieval times, modern football originated in 19th century Britain. While industrialisation, urbanisation and legal prohibitions tried to undermine the game’s status, football was taken up as a winter game in independent public schools. These included Winchester, Charterhouse and Eton. Each school had its own rules, making it difficult for public schoolboys entering universities to continue playing if not with former schoolmates.
In 1843, the University of Cambridge attempted to standardise and codify the rules. By 1863, a series of meetings involving clubs from London and surrounding counties was held to produce the printed rules of football. Previously, some schools allowed handling the ball while some did not, but handling the ball was completely prohibited with these established rules. This gave rise to rugby.
As football was on the rise, by the early 20th century, the sport had spread across Europe. Since there was no international organisation, representatives from the football associations of Denmark, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands founded the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 1904.
Football truly shot to stardom when it made its official debut in the London Olympic Games in 1908 and with the formation of the World Cup. The World Cup has become football’s most-watched tournament, but this did not stop FIFA from organising more championships along the way.
Nowadays, fans can enjoy all the action from the comfort of their own home, and if they wish, they can spice things up by participating in football bets at online Sportsbooks.
Football Betting Events
So, what football events can a player bet on? Knowing what football events are currently occurring is the first step into becoming a master punter. With domestic, continental and international competitions spread across the world, you’re almost guaranteed to find a football match happening somewhere!. Let’s take a look:
The Premier League is the top tier of English football, contested by 20 clubs, it sits above the English Football League (EFL). The season runs from August to May, with each team playing 38 fixtures, half at home and half away. The Premier League has become an extremely popular tournament and is one of the most-watched sports leagues in the world. It is broadcast to billions of people, and the 2018-2019 season had an average match attendance of 38,000 people. Since its inception, Manchester United have been the dominant force, having won the championship 13 times.
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is a club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is held every year and is contested by top-tier European clubs. Teams progress through a round-robin group stage to qualify for double-legged knockout rounds and a single-leg final. This tournament is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world and the most prestigious in European football. When it was introduced in 1955 as the European Cup, it was initially a straight knockout championship; though, this changed in 1991 with the introduction of the round-robin group stage.
UEFA Europa League
The UEFA Europa League is also an annual football club tournament organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is a top-tier European football competition, ranking second to the UEFA Champions League and above the UEFA Europa Conference league. Clubs qualify for the Europa League based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. After a format change, the tournament has been known as the Europa League since the 2009-2010 season. The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and, since the 2014-2015 season, the group stage of the following season’s UEFA Champions League.
Football Betting Options
The next step to improving your football betting knowledge is to understand your betting options and how to place them. Not all sportsbooks offer the same set of choices, but the options available aren’t all that different from those offered in sports like basketball, volleyball or rugby. So, you may encounter quite a few types of bets that are familiar to you. With that said, with this guide, we will take you through some of the most common types of bets to help get you started.
First up are the moneyline and future bets. Both are very similar but are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to risk. While one allows you to bet on a single match, the other on an entire tournament. They’re straightforward to understand, so it is up to you to decide how much of a risk you want to take. You may encounter sportsbooks that offer the half-time score betting option, which is even easier than the moneyline. Don’t let these ‘simpler’ bets fool you, though, as while they are easy to place, they still have a great entertainment factor.
Alongside the moneyline, the totals bet is also a good option for beginner punters and is very common among sportsbooks. If you’d like to combine a few bets to spice things up, perhaps trying out parlay bets might be a good way to go. As you go along your sports betting journey, you will slowly gather more market knowledge which would in turn aid you in placing more complex bets such as first scorer bets, handicaps and so on.
If you choose to amp up your betting, it would be a good idea to do some research on the tournament, teams and even individual players to help make more of an educated guess. It may not guarantee a win, but it will definitely help.
There’s a whole world of football bets out there, but one thing to keep in mind is to always bet within your limits. Having good bankroll management is key in sports betting as it is very easy to get lost in all the fun and excitement football events bring. That being said, do not hesitate to utilise a few of our Responsible Gambling tools for some additional help.
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