Soccer Betting in Michigan

With professional soccer leagues around the world among the first pro sports to re-emerge from suspension due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, soccer could soon become the most popular sport to bet on in Michigan in 2020.

Now that Michigan has legal sports betting and you can bet on dozens of professional soccer leagues from right here in the US and around the world, the popularity of betting on soccer is on the rise.

Here’s a guide for how to start betting on soccer in Michigan. We have information about the best bets to make and where to make them. You will also find tips for beginners and details about pro soccer happening in the Great Lakes State.

Best apps for betting soccer in Michigan

The launch of legal sports betting means you can now bet on soccer at retail sportsbooks in Michigan.

Additionally, the state’s first mobile sports betting operations could launch as early as November 2020, allowing you to bet on soccer with a mobile device or computer anywhere you are inside state lines, provided you have internet access.

When online sports betting goes live in Michigan, you’ll find a look at the top Michigan sports betting apps for soccer in this space. In the meantime, here’s a look at two top Michigan soccer betting apps that will be among the first to launch in this state:

  • BetMGM: BetMGM hosts a wide selection of bets on soccer games around the globe. You will find available markets for most of the major soccer leagues, including Major League Soccer (MLS)Champions League, English Premier League, Euro League, and the upcoming World Cup in 2022.
  • FanDuel Sportsbook: FanDuel offers soccer betting markets on leagues from around the world. You can find almost any type of wager that you could want, from moneyline bets to totals goals and three-way spread betting. There is a FanDuel Sportsbook app available for iOS and Android devices.

Michigan retail soccer betting

Detroit’s three commercial casinos have all launched retail sportsbooks that will take bets on all kinds of soccer action once the casinos reopen.

  • Greektown Casino Hotel: Greektown, Penn National Gaming, and Kambi opened a temporary sportsbook on the property in March 2020. A permanent Barstool Sports-branded sportsbook and Michigan mobile sports betting app is also in the works.
  • MGM Grand Detroit:  A BetMGM Sportsbook took over the recently launched sports bar at MGM Grand Detroit in March 2020. A BetMGM online sportsbook is also coming soon.
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel:  A FanDuel Sportsbook opened on the property in March 2020 and mobile sports betting is on the way.

There are also 23 tribal casinos through the Lower and Upper Peninsulas that will offer both retail and online sports betting as well.

Legal soccer betting apps vs. offshore

Offshore and illegal betting apps may have been taking bets on soccer for years, but there are several reasons why you should move your action over to legal and regulated operations instead.

Licensed Michigan sports betting apps offer a safe, legal, and state-regulated betting environment. If something goes awry, you can turn to the Michigan Gaming Control Board for help.

Elsewhere, oversight for offshore and illegal operators is run by shady gaming authorities funded by these operators, not your state government. Good luck getting any help when something inevitably goes wrong. There’s no question your money is safe and secure when you bet with legal and regulated Michigan sportsbooks. You’re certainly taking an unnecessary risk with it with illegal offshore sportsbooks.

Licensed and regulated Michigan operators use legitimate banking methods and work with US banks. Illegal offshore operators do everything they can to hide their illegitimate banking activity with banks that are willing to turn a blind eye to it. Betting on soccer with illegal offshore sportsbooks is like risking your money twice.

How to read soccer odds and lines

Soccer, or football, is the most popular sport on the planet. You are likely to have watched the game from time to time.

However, you may not be used to reading the betting information that goes along with each game. You will need to be able to do so, though, because most leagues and international competitions, Michigan sportsbooks offer betting on every single game.

That means you can place basic moneyline, spread, and totals bets for most soccer games around the world right here in Michigan.

While it is true that each league’s season varies in length, you’ll find futures betting markets surrounding each of them at most Michigan sportsbooks . Plus, most Michigan sportsbooks offer soccer futures on top international competitions.

Live betting is also available for high-profile soccer games, allowing you to bet on basic lines during a game at odds that change throughout.

One major difference between betting on soccer and other sports is the three-way bet. Because ties are so common in the sport, it is necessary to provide an option for wagering for both the win and the draw.

You might also find the following unique-to-soccer betting markets here in Michigan:

  • Double chance wagers: In the spirit of the three-way bet, you can wager such that you win the bet if your selected team wins the game OR if the game ends in a tie.
  • Card betting: Yellow and red cards happen, and the prospect of their appearance in a game is as good a thing to bet as any other aspect of a game.
  • Corner kick betting: You can also bet on the number of corner kicks that a particular game may feature.

Which soccer leagues can I bet on?

  • Taiwan Football Premier League: Taiwanese football’s top-ranked division runs from April to October. The eight-team league hosts three round-robin tournaments each season. Betting markets were available in the US in 2020 in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Belarusian Premier League: The current season of the premier football league in Belarus is running between March 2020 and December 2020. It was one of the only pro soccer leagues in the world running during the global COVID-19 pandemic with betting markets available in the US.
  • MLS: The top 26-team pro soccer league in North America planned to run its 34-game regular season from February 2020 to October 2020. However, MLS officials suspended play in March 2020 a mere two games into the season. MLS betting markets will reopen in Michigan when games are played again. The MLS is looking to restart the season with a tournament in Orlando, Florida that starts July 8.
  • English Premier League: England’s 20-team top football league started its 2019-20 season in August 2019. At the time of the coronavirus suspension of play, there were 92 games left on the schedule. Notably, Liverpool held a 25-point lead over Manchester City and had already clinched the Premier League title. Games are set to resume on June 17, 2020, pending government approval.
  • La Liga: Spain’s highest football league started its 2019-20 season in August 2019. Though projected to finish in May 2020, the season was suspended in March 2020. However, the league has resumed in June 2020, with 39 straight days of games planned to complete the 11 remaining match days for the season.
  • Serie A: Italy’s premier pro football league began its 2019-20 season in August 2019 and was scheduled to run through May 2020. However, that schedule became altered when the season was suspended in March 2020. The good news, though, is that play resumed June 2020.
  • Bundesliga: Germany’s top-tier pro football league’s 2019-20 season started on Aug. 16, 2019 and was scheduled to end on May 16, 2020. The season was suspended on March 13, but resumed on May 16.
  • Ligue 1: France’s main soccer league began its season in August 2019, and was scheduled to end in May 2020. However, the season was canceled in March 2020, and Paris Saint-Germain was declared champions. Amiens and Toulouse were relegated to the second division.
  • UEFA Champions League: The top European club football championship season was stopped following its first 16 games. The league will return on Aug. 7 and betting markets should be available in Michigan.
  • Liga MX: Mexico’s premier soccer league consists of two championship tournaments: Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura. However, the powers that be suspended the season in March 2020. Liga MX will not return until at least July 2020.
  • UEFA European Championship (Euro 2020): Europe’s international team championship tournament should have occurred in June 2020 and July 2020. However, the 12-country event has now been postponed until June 2021. Futures markets should remain open in Michigan.
  • 2022 FIFA World Cup: The World Cup international team championship tournament is scheduled for November to December 2022 in Qatar. The final is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2022. Qualifying is ongoing and World Cup futures markets are open in Michigan.

Detroit City FC

Despite several attempts to bring an MLS franchise to Detroit, there is no MLS franchise in the entire state of Michigan.

Detroit’s last bid for an MLS franchise, led by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, ended in 2019 when the league picked Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and St. Louis, Missouri for its next expansions instead.

The Detroit bid was considered a frontrunner in 2017 when it included building a soccer-specific stadium but lost footing when they changed the plan to play in downtown Detroit’s Ford Field.

However, there is a pro soccer team in Detroit.

Detroit City FC became a professional soccer club when it joined the third-tier National Independent Soccer Association in 2019. The club previously competed in the amateur National Premier Soccer League, hosting games at Cass Technical High School before moving to Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

Detroit City FC raised $741,250 for renovations at the stadium before moving in. The club has averaged an attendance of around 5,000 fans per game at Keyworth.

Michigan sportsbooks may take bets on National Independent Soccer Association and Detroit City FC games.

Bet on US national teams

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is the most successful side in international women’s soccer, making bets on the USWNT among the smartest soccer plays you’ll ever make.

They’ve won four Women’s World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals. Plus, they’ve already qualified for the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympics by winning the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

USWNT betting markets will reopen in Michigan when the team resumes play.

You should also be able to bet on the United States Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) in Michigan when the team continues World Cup qualifying again.

The USMNT has appeared in ten World Cups. However, the team failed to qualify for the most recent 2018 World Cup. 2022 World Cup futures markets recently had the USMNT at +10,000 to win it all.

The USMNT has also qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and betting markets for that event will open closer to the July 2021 start date.

World Cup odds 2022

The 2022 World Cup is scheduled for November and December 2022 in Qatar.

As always, it will include the top 31 national teams in the world and a team from host nation Qatar. The 2022 group and knockout stages will be held over 28 days with the final scheduled for  Dec. 18, 2022.

Although qualifying is still ongoing, Michigan sportsbooks are already accepting wagers on World Cup futures. Three-way moneyline, spread, and totals markets for each game will also be available throughout qualifying and the World Cup itself.

Soccer betting tips for  beginners

Most people in Michigan are new to soccer betting. Beginners should follow these three tips for soccer betting success:

  1. Do the research: Like any sport, the more you research the game, the better your betting results will be. The difficulty with soccer is that you’re very often betting on games taking place in another part of the world. That makes watching games difficult, but not impossible. There’s also no excuse for not doing some research, as the internet is a treasure trove of information about soccer. Read about what you’re betting on regularly and your results will improve.
  2. Stay in your wheelhouse: There are so many soccer leagues around the world that no one can be an expert on all of them. So, choose your favorite league (or two) and focus your research there. Become an expert on the few leagues you follow closely, and you’ll be more successful in your wagering. Remember, a jack of all trades is a master of none.
  3. Form plays: Make sure to check the recent game history for any team you’re thinking of betting. Find out who’s hot, who’s not, and who needs some rest. In doing so, you may be able to find some under-the-radar winners and, conversely, top teams who may be ripe for an upset.

FAQ

Why bet on soccer?

Most professional sports were sidelined in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, but some pro soccer leagues were still running. Plus, soccer is the first pro sport coming back. Try betting on soccer and you’ll quickly see why you should continue betting on the sport even when you have other options.

What is the top pro soccer league in the world?

The English Premier League is the richest league in the world and that helps it attract top talent from around the world. However, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A are no slouches in this regard, either, with the world’s best players often making stops at the leagues’ top teams as well.

Why do Americans call it soccer?

Football is soccer in the US because the National Football League lays claim to the name football here. So, football is the most popular sport in both the US and around the world, even though they’re two different games.

What does the abbreviation "PK" mean for betting?

Sportsbooks use the abbreviation “PK” to indicate when the spread of the game (soccer or otherwise) is zero. In other words, the term PK, which stands for pick, lets you know that the game has no point spread favorite or underdog.

What is 1x2 soccer betting?

1×2 is another way to indicate three-way betting. Three-way betting refers to the three possible outcomes in a soccer match, namely a home win, an away win, or a draw.

What do GG and NG mean for soccer bettors?

A GG bet is a wager that both teams will be able to score at least once. Alternatively, you can also bet NG (no goals) for either team. Both bet types are available for each half.

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