How to make a Soccer Spread Betting Wager

How to make a Soccer Spread Bet

Soccer spread bets are a popular type of bet because they are very simple to understand. Spread bets can make it worth your while to wager on games that appear like they’ll be a blowout, because you can get better odds by giving  a half goal or more.

Here’s how it works. The sportsbooks will evaluate a game and set a number called the point spread for the game.

Soccer Spread Betting Example:

101   Columbus Crew   -½ (+115)
102  Real Salt Lake     +½ (-150)

The spread here says that if you were to wager on Columbus Crew, they would have to win by at least a goal for your wager win. Obviously, if they win the game, it will be by at least that much.

Think of it like the underdog team gets a head start. If the spread is 1.5 points, the underdog begins the game with a one goal lead. If it’s 2.5 points, then the underdog starts with a two-goal lead and so on.

How you get paid is based on the point spread odds which are different than the money line odds. In this example, a $100 bet on Columbus would pay $115, while a $150 bet on Real Salt Lake would pay $100.

However, notice that there is no draw betting option like you would commonly see on a money line. In this spread, if you wagered on Real Salt Lake, your bet would win if Real Salt Lake either won the game outright or if the game resulted in a tie because in either circumstance, Columbus would have failed to cover the spread.

If you come across a game without a point spread, it means that the sportsbooks thought that the outcome would be too close to call. For games that appear to be more lopsided, the point spread will be even greater. For example, say Real Salt Lake’s spread was -2½ and then they won the game 3-1. If you wagered on them, you would lose, because the two-goal differential failed to cover the spread.

Soccer Spread Betting * Regulation Time

Keep in mind that soccer betting wagers pay out based on game scores in regulation play, which is 90 minutes plus injury time. If a team fails to cover a spread in regulation time, but then scores in an extra period. The official wager will still count as the team failing to cover the spread.