While it’s true that American Football is pretty much synonymous with America, as its name suggests, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t appreciated elsewhere. It’s due to this reason that leagues like the NFL and College Football have also been incorporated into many online sportsbooks as options for members to wager on. Of course, if you’re more familiar with the European version of football, then perhaps there will be some markets on American Football that aren’t as familiar to you. So, we’re here to explain them in a little bit more details, so that you can proceed with betting on them in the future.

So, what are the most commonly chosen American Football markets that gamblers decide to bet on? After all, there are plenty to select from. You only need to look at the number that are available on the William Hill site for example, to realise this. Speaking of that sportsbook, there is the possibility of utilising the William Hill bonus code in order to claim £30 in free bets upon making your initial deposit of £10 or more. These extra bonus funds can then be put to use in placing wagers not just on the NFL and such, but on all sports available at William Hill.

Naturally, the most obvious type of American Football bet is the one that allows you to select who you believe will win (or adversely, which team you think will be the losing one). It is these bets that are the simplest, with odds given for both teams that you can then choose from. If your chosen team succeeds in achieving the outcome that you predicted, you win. Easy, right? Additionally, you can predict a draw outcome in a game, although this is something that very rarely happens.

Mar 1, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Daniel Thomas (DB59) goes through pass catching workout drills during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

What Other American Football Bets Exist?

Another betting market that has become popular where the NFL and other American Football leagues are concerned is Over/Under wagering. With this bet, you don’t specifically back how many points you believe will be scored in total, but you predict whether the total number will be above or below a specific line. So, it’s not uncommon to see gamblers betting on there being 27.5+ points scored or vice versa.

Handicap betting also remains a strong option for many gamblers where this sport is concerned. Because many points are scored in NFL games, sometimes teams can win by 30 or 40 points more than their opponents, for example. This is also something that is a popular wager for rugby betting fans, as it’s a similar game to American Football. The handicap bet essentially balances the odds, making the game somewhat more even. We’ll explain more with an example:

Let’s say that the San Francisco 49ers are facing the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers are 1.30 to win, while the Dolphins are 5.00. You have the option to place a +10.5-point handicap on the Miami team, thereby evening out the odds. In this particular scenario, you would only lose your wager if the 49ers win by a greater margin than 10.5 points. This is why such bets are heavily popular in games like American Football and rugby.