Football Betting Glossary: A Simple Guide to Betting Terms

Adaobi Okonkwo
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Football betting can seem a bit confusing at first with all its unique terms and phrases. Just like how the sport has its language, so does betting. But don't worry, once you understand the basics, it becomes much clearer and more enjoyable. This article provides a clear and straightforward glossary to help newcomers and seasoned bettors alike. We'll break down the most common terms you'll come across, so you can bet with confidence. Let's get started and make football betting simpler for everyone!

Football Betting Glossary: A Simple Guide to Betting Terms


Accumulator (Acca): A bet that involves selecting multiple outcomes. All selections must win for the bet to be successful.

Against the Spread (ATS): Betting on a team to either exceed or fall short of a point margin set by bookmakers.

Ante-post: Betting on events well in advance, usually referring to season-long bets or events that are weeks or months away.

Asian Handicap: A form of betting that gives one team a head start. It can eliminate the possibility of a draw outcome.

Banker: A bet considered highly likely to win.

Both Teams to Score (BTTS): A bet on both teams to score at least one goal during a match.

Double Chance: A bet that allows you to cover two of the three possible outcomes in a football match – Win/Draw, Lose/Draw, Win/Lose.

Draw No Bet (DNB): Betting on a team to win, but if it's a draw, your stake is returned.


Each Way (EW): Common in horse racing but can be applied to tournaments. You bet on a team to either win or place (e.g., finish in the top 4).

European Handicap: Unlike the Asian Handicap, this does include draws and gives one team a whole number handicap.

First Goal Scorer: Betting on which player will score the first goal of a match.

Full Time Result (1X2): The most common football bet. 1 represents the home team, X represents a draw, and 2 represents the away team.

Goals Over/Under: Betting on whether the total number of goals scored in a match will be over or under a specified number.

Halftime/Fulltime (HT/FT): Betting on the result at halftime and the end of the match. Both predictions must be correct to win.

Handicap: A method used by bookmakers to make a one-sided event become a more attractive betting proposition.

Head-to-Head: A bet on which of two teams will finish higher in a league or competition.


In-play Betting: Betting on an event after it has started.

Lay: Betting against a certain outcome. Commonly used in betting exchanges.

Long Shot: A bet with high odds and a low chance of winning.

Match Betting: Wagering on the outcome of a match.

Moneyline: Common in the US. Betting on which team will win, disregarding the draw.

Odds: Numbers set by bookmakers showing how likely an event is to happen. They show potential winnings compared to the bet amount. Lower odds mean higher chances of that outcome. They can be shown in different ways like 5/1, 6.00, or -150.

Odds Against: Odds that are greater than even money (e.g., 5/2 or 3.50).

Odds On: Odds that are less than even money (e.g., 1/2 or 1.50).

Outright: Betting on the winner of a league or competition.


Parlay: Another term for an accumulator.

Price: Another term for odds.

Prop Bet (Specials): Betting on specific events within a match (e.g., a player to be booked, a penalty to be awarded).

Push: When a bet results in a tie. Often occurs in Asian Handicap when the scoreline matches the handicap.

Stake: The amount of money wagered on a bet.

Treble: A single bet on three outcomes.

Value Bet: A bet where the odds are deemed to be in the bettor's favor.

Void Bet: A bet that is canceled for any reason and the stake is returned.

Wager: Another term for a bet.

This glossary covers the primary terms associated with football betting. It's essential for bettors to familiarize themselves with these terms to understand the landscape and make informed decisions. Remember, always bet responsibly and never wager more than you can afford to lose.

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Adaobi Okonkwo
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Amidst the hustle of Lagos, Adaobi Okonkwo emerges as Nigeria's preeminent specialist in localizing online casino content. By fusing Nigerian zest with global gaming insights, she's become a household name in the industry.

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