First played in 1869, American football owes its origins to rugby football. The USA’s National Football League is the dominant league on the scene, and brings the country to a standstill with its annual championship game, the Super Bowl.
Placing real money bets on games, seasons, or tournaments using web-based bookmaking services is known as online American football sports betting, and is a pastime that has seen no small amount of growth in interest among punters not only in the USA, but around the world.
The online services used by these punters are, in part, responsible for the upsurge in betting on the sport, as punters who previously battled to access local land-based bookmakers or informal betting pools can place various types of bets via their PCs.
American Football Basics
Online American football sports betting may still be somewhat unfamiliar to many punters, especially those who do not live in the United States or other countries in which the sport enjoys a fair amount of representation.
The basics of the game, however, are not difficult to understand.
A game is played between two teams, each featuring eleven players, on a rectangular field. Tall, raised goalposts are located at either end of the field.
The teams play for possession of an oval-shaped ball, which must be carried in the hands. The team in possession of the ball must try reach the other team’s end zone, where points are scored by kicking the ball between the goalposts or by a touchdown.
The winning team is the one with the most points at the end of the game.
American Football Season and Tournaments
The overwhelming majority of online American football sports betting take place during football season. On weekends during the season, which runs from August to February, the NFL’s 32 member teams play for entry into the league’s main event, the Super Bowl.
The winners of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference are those that play in the Super Bowl. The winning team receives the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The game, of course, is not limited to the United States, and other countries or regions also host tournaments and events.
Among those popular among online American sports betting punters are the European Football League with its Eurobowl championship game, the Atlantic Cup, the IFAF World Championship, and the Challenge Cup.
Direct and Indirect Factors
There are a number of direct and indirect factors or influences that many online American football sports betting punters take into account when planning their wagering.
Direct factors that may influence what bets are placed include team and player records, player injury reports, and tournament statistics. Indirect factors that are often taken into account include pitch and weather conditions.
Types of Bets
Online American football sports USA online betting gives punters a fair amount of scope when placing bets.
It allows for standard win/lose bets, placed on teams to win either games or seasons. It also allows for exotic bets such as Point Spread Parlay bets, Money Line bets, Over or Under Bets, and Futures, Quarter, Halftime, and Season Win Total bets.