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. Canada has qualified for the 2022 World Cup for the first time since 1986, and with superstars like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, Canada will be looking to make a statement in Qatar.
In addition to having our best ever International teams (both men and women), professional soccer is really taking off in Canada. Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and CF Montreal are all members of Major League Soccer, while the Canadian Premier League launching in 2017 will allow professional soccer to continue to grow here in Canada.
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.
Betway, 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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- Licensed and regulated in Canada
- Easy deposits & withdrawals including Interac
- Competitive betting lines
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- Licensed and located in Ontario
- Entirely focused on Canadian betting market
- Easy deposit/withdrawal options, including Interac
- Most popular betting site worldwide
- State of the art live betting platform including streaming of several events
- Fixed odds for horse racing
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Different Soccer Bets
There are many, many bets that you can make on soccer games. Betway offers over 100 betting options on every Premier League game and this number increases even further for high profile matches such as World Cup or Champions League.
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 match featuring Liverpool and and Manchester United in EPL action. As you can see Liverpool is the favourite in the game with odds of 1.37 they win the game.
Full time result odds can also be labelled 1×2, money line, or to win (like above).
Spread bets, also referred to as Asian Handicaps, bring the number of potential outcomes in the match down from 3 to 2. In this example the handicap is set at 1.5 goals with Liverpool as the favourite. A spread bet on Liverpool (-1.5) is a winner if they win the game by 2 or more goals. A spread bet on Manchester United (+1.5) wins if Manchester United wins the match, the match ends in a draw, or Manchester United loses by only 1 goal.
- Liverpool -1.5 (2.06)
- Manchester United +1.5 (1.87)
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 match. You can then bet on whether the total number of goals scored will be over or under this total.
In this example Betway has set 3.5 as the total. If 4 or more goals are scored in the match then the over 3.5 goals bet is a winner, and if 3 or fewer goals are scored then the under 3 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.
- Half Time/Full Time – A bet on which team is leading at half-time and after the match ends.
- 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 Betway.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.