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.
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:
Detroit’s three commercial casinos have all launched retail sportsbooks that will take bets on all kinds of soccer action once the casinos reopen.
There are also 23 tribal casinos through the Lower and Upper Peninsulas that will offer both retail and online sports betting as well.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Most people in Michigan are new to soccer betting. Beginners should follow these three tips for soccer betting success:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.