Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world and it is continuing to gain traction in Canada, as we try to catch up to the world powers in the sport. The only time Canada participated in the World Cup was way back in 1986, and Canada lost each game they played and failed to score a goal. We are beginning to get more competitive though and I am hopeful that we can qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Even if we aren’t doing great internationally, professional soccer is really taking off in Canada with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact having joined Toronto FC in the MLS in recent years.
Soccer is not the first sport that comes to mind when you think about Canada, so it may surprise you that soccer is currently the highest participation sport in Canada with over 800,000 registered players!
Best Soccer Betting Sites
The following online sportsbooks each offer a wide variety of soccer betting options. They accept bets on every Major League Soccer game, as well as offer lines from the majority of professional leagues around the world.
Bet365, being a UK based sportsbook, offers the widest variety of soccer betting options in terms of lower level professional leagues around the world, but if you are just interested in the MLS or major leagues such as the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, etc, then any of the sites listed will meet your betting needs.
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Different Soccer Bets
There are many, many bets that you can make on soccer games. Just looking at Bet365 right now I see that they are offering 85 bets on every MLS game taking place on the weekend. This number would go up even higher for high profile matches such as during the World Cup or Champions League.
***The odds I use below are from the day I published this page. To see current odds for MLS games go to Bet365.com.
Full Time Result
There are three possible outcomes of a soccer game: the home team winning, the road team winning or a draw. The full time result bet involves you selecting which of these three options will occur in the match.
Here is an example between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC in MLS action. As you can see Seattle is the favourite in the game with them winning the game paying out at odds of 1.83.
Asian Handicap Bets
Asian handicap bets bring the number of potential outcomes in the match down from 3 to 2. In this example the handicap is half a goal. In this example a bet on Seattle is a winner if they win the game. You will notice that the odds should be identical to the full time result of Seattle winning because the same outcome will win either bet.
Toronto FC has a handicap of 0.5 goals. This means they can either win or draw the game for the Toronto FC asian handicap bet to be a winner.
Total Goals Bets
With the total goals bet the oddsmaker will set a total number of goals to be scored by both teams during the course of the match. You can then bet on whether the total number of goals scored will be over or under this total.
In this example the Bet365 has set 2.5 as the total. If 3 or more goals are scored in the match then the over 2.5 goals bet is a winner, and if 2 or fewer goals are scored then the under 2.5 bet is a winner.
Other Soccer Bets
Here are a few of the other soccer bets that can be made to give you an idea of the variety of bets that betting sites take on soccer matches.
- Correct score.
- Goalscorer bets. Certain players to score the first, last or any goal in the match.
- Draw no bet. You can bet on either team to win with a draw resulting in your bet being returned.
- Winning margin. Bet on either team to win by a set number of goals.
- Scorecast bets. Bet on a player to score the first goal in the game and the final score. These pay out high amounts.
Those are just a few. To see everything you can bet on I suggest visiting Bet365.com and checking it our for yourself.
The classic futures bets in soccer would be betting on which team will win the various leagues around the world, or which country will win the World Cup. You can place futures bets at any time during the year because the odds will change depending on a clubs performance and their chances of winning their league.