Although not as well known globally as NFL or rugby, AFL is actually one of the biggest sports in the world. Learn how to bet on Australian rules football and make a profit in AFL betting.
Aussie rules football - a brief background
Aussie rules football was first played in 1859 in Melbourne, and since then has gradually evolved into a major national sport. Its professional league - the AFL Premiership - currently stands as only one of five professional sports leagues in the world with an average attendance above 30,000, alongside NFL, MLB and the Premier League.
The AFL Premiership culminates in the AFL Grand Final, which is contested by the best two teams of the Final 8. It is currently the highest attended club championship event in the world.
Aussie rules football - the markets
Pinnacle Sports offers the following markets on AFL matches:
1X2s (Moneylines) - 1X2 markets are the most common market and the simplest way for a player to understand the cost of a bet. 1X2 Aussie rules football bettors are ultimately betting on who will win the match, or whether the game will end in a tie.
Handicaps (Sides) - Betting on the handicap occurs when one team is favoured over their opponents. To counter the perceived bias in ability, bookmakers offer a handicap of points to level the playing field. These goals are then added to the games final score, and the winner is the team that wins with these additions. For example, Team B may be big 1X2 favourites, and so have a handicap of negative points to level the playing field.
Futures - Aussie rules football betting fans can place a wager on a team to win the AFL Premiership, as well as which teams may make the final 8.
Props - Available for the Grand Final, Props are bets concerning what will happen in the game, including offerings such as 'Which team' will score the first point?
Aussie rules football - competition guide
The AFL Premiership is the primary Aussie rules football competition, consisting of 18 teams. There are 23 matches played in a home-and-away season, which usually starts in late March and finishes early September. Teams receive four points for a win and two points for a draw, if teams are tied in a position then 'percentage' is used to separate them - the ratio of points scored to points conceded.
It is a fixed league, so there is no danger of relegation. The incentive is for teams to finish in the top eight in order to reach the Grand Final and win the Premiership. The final eight compete in a final series throughout September, with the best two teams playing in a Grand Final, traditionally it is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the last Saturday of September.