Last updated on April 12th, 2023
Betting on Soccer in New Jersey
Soccer betting might not be as popular in New Jersey, or the US as a whole, in comparison to betting on other sports. However, soccer is still one of the biggest up and coming sports in the country, with more and more of the world’s superstars coming to this side of the Atlantic. Major League Soccer (MLS) is the premier soccer league in the US and although New Jersey doesn’t have a representative in that league, there are a couple from a neighboring state in New York Red Bulls and New York City. The great news is that, when it comes to soccer betting, you’re not just limited to the MLS. You can bet on soccer from all over the world including; the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and more. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about betting on soccer. From where to place your bets, to what markets to bet on and more, you’ll find it all below.
Top Sports Bookmakers for Betting on Soccer
When it comes to finding an online bookmaker to place your soccer bets with, you will be spoiled for choice in the state of New Jersey. But lots of choice can, at times, be a bad thing. Fortunately, our experts have scoured the web to provide the below list of websites to give you the best possible soccer betting experience.
- BetMGM Sportsbook – one of the best for online sports betting in the state of New Jersey. Be sure to take advantage of their $1,000 welcome bonus if you don’t have an account already.
- DraftKings Sportsbook – another of the top performing bookmakers in the state. Benefit from a new customer bonus up to $1,050.
- Caesars Sportsbook – the sports arm of one of the biggest and best known casino brands in the US. Have a fantastic $1,250 bonus for new customers.
- BetRivers Sportsbook - rebranded after a rough start in the sports betting sphere. Now very much one of the best around, with up to $500 in free bets for those who qualify for their welcome offer.
- PointsBet Sportsbook – the final suggestion from our sports betting experts. Create a new account for two free bets up to a maximum of $2,000.
For soccer betting, you can’t go wrong by creating an account with any of the major sportsbook operators listed above.
How to Bet on Soccer
If you’re a seasoned sports bettor, the good news is that betting on soccer is just as straightforward as it is betting on other sports. All you have to do is:
- Head to the online sports betting app or website of your choice
- Navigate to the soccer betting section (you may need to use the A-Z list to find it)
- From the list of fixtures, select the odds to add a match result bet on that game to your betslip
- If you want to bet on another market, simply click the link for all or more wagers
- Once you’ve made all of your selections, head to your betslip
- Once your betslip loads, enter the amount you’d like wager (your “stake”)
- Finally, click “place bet” and wait for the confirmation message
Now you know how to place a bet, let’s see what markets there are for you to choose from with bookmakers.
Which Markets to Bet on Soccer in New Jersey
Once you’ve decided who you’re going to bet with, it’s time to decide what you’re going to place a wager on. Soccer offers a plethora of betting markets for you to get stuck into. Some of the most common markets that you’ll find for soccer betting include:
- Match result – a straight up bet on the result of the match. This can be either team to win, or a tie (also called a “draw”).
- Double chance – this is a common way to hedge your bets and increase your chances of winning. A double chance bet allows you back two results in a game. The options are; Team 1 to win or a draw, Team 2 to win or a draw, or Team 1 or Team 2 to win.
- Both teams to score – as the name suggests, this is a simple bet on both teams to score a goal in a game.
- Totals (under/over) – a bet on how many goals there will be in a game, over or under an amount set by the bookmaker.
- Correct score – a bet on what the score will be at the final whistle, probably one of the hardest bets to win in soccer.
You’ll find many more soccer betting markets with a wide array of bookmakers offering odds, but the above listed are definitely the most popular ones with online sports bettors.
Markets to Bet Soccer around the World
The soccer betting markets that you’ll find in New Jersey are pretty much universal no matter where you’re betting around the world. The UK is probably where soccer betting is the most popular, some other markets that you can expect to find are:
- Full time result & both teams to score – a bet on one team to win, but both teams to score in the game.
- To score and win - a certain player to score and a team to win the game.
- Player to be carded – a player to receive either a yellow or red card in a game.
- Half-time/Full-time – a bet on the result at half-time and full-time of a game.
- To score anytime – a player to score at any time in the game.
Glossary in Betting on Soccer
If you’re new to soccer betting, or even if you’re not, there may be some terms that you’re not particularly familiar with. That’s why our experts have put this useful soccer glossary together to help you understand some of the most commonly used words and phrases.
Accumulator – another term for a “parlay” bet. A bet involving multiple selections, all must win for an accumulator bet to win.
Asian handicap – spread betting for soccer. It removes the possibility of a tie, which results in a push with Asian handicaps compared to regular handicap bets.
Banker – a bet that is deemed certain to win.
Both teams to score – a bet on both teams to score a goal in a selected game.
Correct score – a bet on what the final score will be in a game.
Double chance – a bet on two outcomes in a game, either 1×2, 2×3, or 1×3.
Draw – when both teams end the game on a level score. Also known as a “tie”.
Draw no bet – a bet in which you bet on a team to win. In the event of a tie, the bet is pushed.
Favourite – the team considered most likely to win a game.
First goalscorer – a bet on the first player to score a goal in a game.
Free kick – when an infringement is committed, the referee will award one team a free kick.
Full time result & BTTS - a common market in which the bet involves backing the match result (home win, tie, or away win) and both teams to score in the game.
Goal – a goal is scored when the ball is put between the crossbar and the posts and crosses the goal line. Soccer goals also have a net to help spectators identify a goal.
Handicap – a bet on a team to win by a specific margin. For instance, a -1 handicap bet requires the selected team to win by two clear goals.
Home team – the team that is hosting the match.
In-play betting – a bet on a soccer match that has already begun (also known as “live betting”).
Juice – a term used for the commission that a bookmaker takes on bets (also known as the “vig”).
Last goalscorer – a bet on the player to score the final goal of a game.
Match result – a straight bet on the result of a game, either a home win, tie or away win.
Novelty bets – these are special bets that you wouldn’t ordinarily find a market for.
Nutmeg – the act of playing the ball through a player’s legs.
Odds on – negative odds in which you need a higher stake to win more.
Offside – a player is deemed offside when they are ahead of the last defender when the ball is played to them.
Overs – a bet on their being more of a particular stat (usually goals) in a game.
Penalty – when an offense is committed inside of the designated area, a penalty is awarded to the offensive side.
Player props – special bets on players in a game such as a player to score or a player to be carded.
Scorecast – a bet on the first player to score and the final score of the match.
Sent off – when a player is shown a red card, this is known as being “sent off”. The player must leave the field for the duration of the game and also receive a ban for a designated amount of time.
Single – a bet involving just one selection.
Tie – see “draw”.
Top goalscorer – a bet on a player to score the most goals in a given competition.
Under – a bet on their being fewer of a particular stat (usually goals) in a game. Underdog – the team considered not likely to win, or even tie, in a game.
Value – a bet that is considered to have better odds than it should.
Wincast – a bet on a player to score and a team to win the game.