In the rest of the world outside the US, “football” is the game with a spherical ball you can’t touch with your hands. We know it mostly as soccer. And while it hasn’t reached the level of popularity of the other “football,” it is seeing major growth from the youth level to the pros in Major League Soccer here in the US.
MLS, along with other soccer leagues around the globe, offers a ton of betting opportunities at legal online sportsbooks across Iowa. In fact, you can almost assuredly find a soccer game, league or player to bet on all day, every day, throughout the calendar year.
Beyond MLS, you can also bet on La Liga, Bundesliga, the English Premier League, the World Cup and more in Iowa. See below for a guide to soccer betting in Iowa, including live Premier League and MLS odds at IA online sportsbooks.
The Premier League, commonly referred to as the EPL, has the most talented players, the best coaching, the most recognizable clubs, a deep history and high-octane play. In short, it’s the league every other league wishes it could be.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be in England to join in on the fun. As a sports bettor in Iowa, you can make bets on the EPL games, ranging from typical bets like moneylines and totals (over/unders), to futures and live bets. Check our live odds feed below for today’s Premier League game lines. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your free bets and register a new account.
The EPL season runs from August until May, and each club plays 38 times throughout the schedule. They play each of the other Premier League teams twice. Here’s a list of the teams playing in the Premier League this season:
One of the more interesting futures bets you can make on Premier League soccer is which three clubs will be relegated to a lower league. The three worst teams in the EPL each season move down into a lower competitive league, while the top three teams from that league move up into the EPL. You, as a sports bettor in Iowa, can place your bet on which teams you think are going to get knocked out of the EPL. There are no futures bets on the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL that even compare.
While Iowa doesn’t feature a Major League Soccer team of its own, it is clear the sport is gaining popularity in the state, from Division I collegiate teams to the Des Moines Menaces in the USL League Two, a developmental soccer league. But just because there isn’t an MLS team in the state doesn’t mean you can’t bet on the league.
The MLS season runs from late February (or early March) until October, when the postseason begins. Each team plays 34 times; the top 14 teams compete in the MLS playoffs. Check our feed below for current MLS game day odds from IA online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to claim your bonus, register and new account and start making MLS bets.
These are the teams that currently play in Major League Soccer:
In addition to the above teams, three teams are slated to join MLS in the next two years. Charlotte FC is expected to begin playing in 2022, while the Sacramento Republic FC and the St. Louis FC are slated for a 2023 debut.
If there is one tournament in soccer that the entire world takes time to follow, it’s the World Cup, which takes place every four years.
The next men’s World Cup is slated for 2022, with France attempting to defend its 2018 title. The tournament will be held in November and December in Qatar. The next women’s World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. The United States is the defending champion on the women’s side.
Between now and then, there will be qualifying tournaments that determine the 32 national teams to get the honor of playing in the World Cup. The United States Men’s National Soccer Team and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team often earn places.
Though both of the World Cup tournaments are still years away, you can get in on the action now if you’re interested in futures bets. You can find futures bets on which teams you think will win the World Cup at most sportsbooks, both online and brick-and-mortar.
If you don’t want to wait for the next World Cup before placing your bets on some intense international soccer competition, then you can take a gander at the UEFA European Football Championship, often referred to as Euro 2020.
The tournament, which typically takes place every four years, was originally set to be played in June and July 2020, but coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to reschedule it for June 11 to July 11, 2021. However, just to be extra confusing, the organizers also decided to still call it Euro 2020 instead of adjusting the name.
The defending champion from the 2016 edition is Portugal. Here are the 24 teams that have qualified for the Euro 2020 tournament:
If you’re looking to place a wager on the tournament, you can check out sportsbooks like William Hill, BetMGM and FanDuel. Most likely other sportsbooks will add soccer betting lines as well, so keep an eye out for those additions in the near future.
While the Premier League may be the top draw when it comes to professional soccer, there is no denying the talent available in the other top international leagues. As a sports bettor in Iowa, you’ll be able to place wagers on them, as well.
Here is a quick rundown of each league, when its season is and which teams participate in each.
This league, which is based in Germany, has a schedule that runs from August until May. It features 18 teams playing 34 games each throughout the schedule, which consists primarily of Saturday and Sunday play.
The current league champion is Bayern Munich, which has won the title 29 times. Here are the 2020-21 Bundesliga teams:
This professional soccer league operates in Italy, with a season that runs from August through May.
There are 20 teams that compete, each playing 38 games, and the current league champion is Juventus, which has won the title 31 times. These are the teams participating in the 2020-21 season:
Over in Spain, the best soccer is in the Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División — more commonly referred to as La Liga. The league runs from August to May, and features 20 teams that play 38 games each. The current league champion is Real Madrid, which has won the crown 34 times. Here are the teams that are participating in the 2020-21 season:
The good news is that soccer really doesn’t stray from the norm when it comes to the types of bets available to you. However, there are a few subtle differences. Here are the main bet types you’ll find when you’re exploring Iowa sportsbooks.
This bet is potentially the easiest for beginning sports bettors to understand. The idea is simple as your only goal is to pick which team is going to win. But remember how we mentioned there are some small differences in soccer when compared to other popular sports? Well, in the moneyline for soccer, there are three options.
When you make your bet, you’ll be able to consider a draw no bet, a two-way or a three-way wager.
Draws, which are also called ties, happen quite often in soccer. If you go with the draw no bet option, you don’t have to worry about a tied game. Instead, you choose the winner — and remember that negative odds mean the team is the favorite to win and positive odds indicate the underdog — and if a tie happens, then the bet is refunded.
A two-way moneyline has you pick the winner and allows for a draw, as well. So, you can pick Liverpool to win and to draw, or its opponent to do the same. Additionally, you can place a bet on either team winning with no draw option.
A three-way moneyline allows you to pick either side to win or choose a draw. So you would pick a team like Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid to win or choose the draw. If whatever you choose is the outcome, you win. Any other outcome would be a loss.
This bet is most common — and very popular — in American football and basketball betting, and it is available for soccer, as well. For close games, you’ll see point spreads set at 0.5 goals, but they can range up to around 2.5 when a mismatch is expected.
If you see Milan as a 1.5 goal favorite over Roma and choose to go with the underdog, all Roma needs to do is lose by a single goal or win outright and your bet will win. If Milan wins by two goals or more, then your bet would be a loss.
Also known as an over/under, a totals bet is a wager on the number of points, or in this case, goals that both teams combine to score. Soccer is usually a low-scoring affair, especially at the highest levels, and the normal range oddsmakers set for the totals is 0.5 to 3.5 goals.
You can wager on if the two teams will score over or under the estimated goal total. The soccer betting odds are almost always the same for either choice. For example, a game between DC United and the Chicago Fire has the total set at 1.5 goals, and the odds for the over and under are both -110. After you do your research, you decide the defense from DC just can’t keep up with the Fire, so you take the over. As long as the two teams combine to score two or more goals, you’ll win, including a tie at 1-1 or any score above that. If the two combine for a 1-0 game or a 0-0 draw, then your bet is a loss.
These types of bets can range from having a few options in a game to having a lot of variety in an event such as the World Cup. While not every season will feature a massive tournament, that doesn’t mean you won’t find value in prop bets.
Some prop bets you might come across at various sportsbooks include things like:
Live betting, also known as in game betting, is most common at online sportsbooks and apps. You place bets as the action unfolds on the pitch, and the soccer odds shift as the game goes on.
Retail brick-and-mortar sportsbooks can’t usually keep up with the shifting odds, which is why it is extremely rare to see live betting available at an in-person location.
However, using the sportsbook site or app will allow you to immerse yourself in the game you’re watching, and you can make bets throughout the contest. You can use live betting to complement your other wagers, or you can choose to bet live.
The offerings typically resemble prop bets in that they will ask you to consider such things as what the outcome of the next possession will be, or which team will be in the lead when halftime rolls around, or even which player will score the most points, or how many goals a team will tally in the second half.
Remember to stick to your budget and not make additional bets to try to recoup anything you may have lost already. Gambling is meant to be fun, and live betting adds an immersive experience to the hobby.
If you’re looking to start placing bets on soccer — or any other sport, for that matter — then the first thing you’re going to have to do is register at an IA online sportsbook of your choosing.
If you’re going to use a brick-and-mortar sportsbook, then you’ll show up and fill out all of the necessary information and provide your proof of identification. In Iowa, you are required to be 21 or older to place bets.
If you’re going to use an online sportsbook or an app, you’ll be able to register through the website or app of your choice. The requirement for in-person registration in the state lifted on Jan. 1, 2021, and online and mobile users can now make their account and place their bets right away.
Before you do that, however, we want to stress the importance of claiming any bonuses and free bets with whatever sportsbook you choose to use. These often amount to free money, and you should absolutely take advantage of them.
Once you’re registered and all set to go on your first bets, make sure you download the app for the sportsbook you’re using and allow it to use your device’s location. Iowa law requires that all bets must take place within the state lines. If you’re anywhere besides Iowa, you won’t be able to place bets at Iowa sportsbooks.
After you’ve got that squared away, you’ll need to add funds to your account in order to make your bets. Each sportsbook will have a variety of funding options, but most will accept e-check, PayPal and direct cash deposits at associated retail locations. Additionally, some will even allow for debit cards and transfers if your financial institution allows it.
Now that you’ve added funding, you get to do the fun part: place your sports bets. Make sure to do your research and be mindful of the terms and conditions for the sportsbook you are using. Remember that gambling is supposed to be fun, and you’ll need to set a budget that fits your financial situation.
Online sportsbooks can often be confusing with the sheer amount of information available to you. There are so many sports and events to wager on that some can get lost in the shuffle — including soccer.
Thankfully, you can usually find a search function in the sportsbook app or website if you need. However, the easiest way is to find the link to all the sports and scroll until you find soccer in the list.
Through that link, you’ll find all available bets related to soccer, ranging from current and upcoming games throughout MLS and other professional leagues to futures, props and more.
As with any sport, soccer has its own language. We’ve explained a few of the most common terms below:
It’s time to place some bets and you’re wondering if there are any tips that could help you out as a beginner, right? We’ve got you covered with three beginner tips for placing bets on soccer in Iowa.
Few sports in the world have the following that soccer does, and the sheer number of games and tournaments and availability of bets means you’ll have more than enough to choose from.
If you’re unsure if soccer is the game for you, then here are a couple of reasons why we think you should at least consider it.
Depending on your strategy, this could be a number of things. But one stat to keep an eye on is possession. Good teams have good players who know how to keep, gain and take advantage of possessions.
Dropping odds means that there are a lot of people making wagers on one side of the bet or the other. This could be due to an injury, suspensions or other factors that will have an influence on the outcome. The sportsbooks adjust the odds to offset the heavy betting on one side of a bet.
The abbreviations HT and FT stand for half-time and full-time and refer to results at the half and at the end of the game.
With 3.5 billion fans around the globe, it’s no wonder soccer gets plenty of worldwide betting attention. In legal sportsbooks, over $100 billion was wagered on soccer in 2019.
That depends on what kind of wager you’ve made. In some cases, you can bet on a game that’s ending in a draw, so you’d win on a tie. In other cases, the bet would be considered a push and you’d receive a refund. However, it all hinges on the type of bet and the terms and conditions of the sportsbook. Make sure to familiarize yourself with those any time you register.