AFL football is Australia’s greatest and most loved sport. As of 2010, it’s ranked 4th in the world for average crowd attendances. The “Aussie Rules” were first founded in 1858 when a famous Australian named Tom Wills decided to write down a list of rules for the game played in the colder months, after the cricket season had finished. The Australian Football League itself can trace its roots back to 1896 when it was named the Victorian Football Association or the VFA.
There are currently 18 teams competing against each other for a top 8 finish on the ladder, giving them a chance to go through into the finals series and a chance to win the AFL premiership cup. The number of teams increased to 18 from 17 in 2012 with the addition of the Greater Western Sydney Giants joining the competition.
Betting on AFL football over the internet is becoming increasingly popular, LuxBet even sponsor an AFL team, while several other bookies including SportsBet and SportingBet have ramped up their advertising at footy stadiums and on television to levels never seen before in Australian sport.
Aussies love to punt, and betting on AFL football can be an exciting and profitable hobby, it also makes watching the games much more exciting.
The Best AFL Betting Odds
- Round 5 AFL Betting Odds Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Round 5 AFL Betting Odds Tips for the Anzac Day Match, Collingwood V Essendon The stage is set for another great game of AFL Football on Anzac Day at the MCG on Thursday afternoon. Both teams are play. […]
- 2013 NAB Cup Betting Odds Friday, 15 February 2013
I’m glad to say that footy is (nearly) back, after having a look at this years NAB Cup draw, my guesses pretty much reflect the odds listed below. The NAB Cup is hard to predict this early on as the. […]
- 2012 AFL Brownlow Medal Betting Odds Tuesday, 27 March 2012
The 2012 AFL Premiership Season is here, the NAB Cup has been and gone and the home and away season started last week with the always around the mark Sydney Swans easily taking care of the newest team. […]
- 2012 AFL NAB Cup Betting Odds Tuesday, 14 February 2012
It’s that time of the year again, Summer is coming to an end and you know what that means. The 2012 AFL footy betting season is about to begin. That means this years pre-season competition known as. […]
- AFL Brownlow Medal Betting Odds Sunday, 25 September 2011
The 2011 Brownlow Medal will be held tomorrow on Monday September the 26th, 2011. Here are the latest odds from my favourite online bookies. Chris Judd looks set to poll well as usual and claim his se. […]
- AFL Preliminary Finals Betting Odds Friday, 23 September 2011
This Friday night, flag favourites Collingwood take on my beloved Hawks in what experts believe will be a one-sided match, with the Pies to progress easily on to the Grand Final and win the 2011 AFL P. […]
- AFL Finals Week 1 Betting Odds Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The first week of the 2011 AFL Finals Series is here, the top 8 teams are about to battle it out for the 2011 AFL Premiership. In Friday night’s game which will be shown LIVE on free to air TV, Geel. […]
- 2011 AFL Premiership Betting Odds Thursday, 17 March 2011
Compare the odds for the 2011 AFL Premiership season from Australia’s leading online bookmakers.
- $2 Lines on AFL & NRL Finals Thursday, 2 September 2010
LuxLine is a great new online betting option from LuxBet, offering you $2 lines on AFL and NRL finals matches!
- AFL Finals Week 1 Betting Odds Thursday, 2 September 2010
My tips and the best odds for the first week of the 2010 AFL Finals Series.
Common AFL Betting Types
The Chas Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal (and informally as “Charlie”), is awarded to the “best and fairest” player in the AFL during the regular season as determined by votes cast by the officiating umpires after each game…
The Coleman Medal is named after Essendon football legend John Douglas Coleman who averaged over 5 goals a game during his short careeer of only 98 games. The medal is awarded to the player who kicks the most goals during the home and away season.
Picking the team who will win the premiership for the current year (2013). Usually, the previous grand final winner will start as the favourite. As history has shown, it is rare that teams can win back to back premierships, there are always exceptions but I like to look for good odds when having a punt so rarely do I back the favourite in the pre-season. It’s a good idea to look for improving teams who comfortably made the top 8 in the previous year. These teams will have more experience, especially in finals which is a huge plus. Check to see if any players who will make an immediate impact have been added during the trade period.
Wooden Spoon Betting
The team who finishes last at the end of the regular season “wins” the wooden spoon. Look for the exact opposite things mentioned in the previous paragraph. Often the previous years wooden spoon winner will be the favourite, and quite often this team will improve while another falls away. Look for teams teams who are rebuilding as they will often sacrifice winning games in order to get experience into their youth. See who has been traded out at the end of the year for high draft picks, when teams lose a lot of experience in a short time, their immediate success suffers.
One of the great things about betting on who will kick the first goal is the odds are always tasty, even for key forwards you will often get odds of $10 or more. Some of the obvious tips for betting on the first goal scorer of any match would be picking the key forwards. Have a look at the ruck and midfield combination and which team you think will win the first centre clearance. A quick kick into the forward line from the centre bounce is one of the easiest avenues to goal, as the opposition hasn’t had time to set up their zone and block the space.
Live or In-Play AFL Betting
Betting on a match at quarter time, half time and three quarter time is now a popular option that many online bookmakers are now offering. Due to Australian law, you must place your live bets over the telephone, however this is quick and easy with all of the bookies I have reviewed. There are some great opportunities to hedge your bets with live betting if you think an upset may happen. There’s not much better than a bet that can’t lose, and in-play betting can reward you with these golden opportunities.
Some other popular exotic AFL betting types include the following:
- Weekly Head to Head, Line and Margin Betting
- Minor premiership (finish on top of the ladder)
- Most fantasy points in a game, head to head or in a group
- If a team will make the top 4
- If a team will make the final 8
- If a team will miss the final 8
- NAB Rising Star winner
- WAFL, SANFL & VFL Betting
- Most possessions in a game
Latest AFL News & Headlines
- Goodes a star, on field and off Saturday, 25 May 2013
Take a bow, Adam Goodes
- Riewoldt downed but not out Saturday, 25 May 2013
St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt looks to have escaped injury despite copping a heavy hit in Saturday’s to the Bulldogs, although fellow veteran Lenny Hayes may be in doubt for next week after suffering. […]
- McCartney’s Dogs let off leash Saturday, 25 May 2013
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney believes last week’s loss to the Suns may have been the kick up the back side his team needed ahead of a dramatic win over St Kilda on Saturday.
- Interview: Paddy Ryder Saturday, 25 May 2013
Essendon’s Paddy Ryder tells Grandstand it was a tremendous honour to take the field for his side’s Dreamtime at the ‘G win over Richmond.
- Interview: Kane Lucas Saturday, 25 May 2013
Carlton’s Kane Lucas tells ABC Grandstand that his side got a rocket from Blues coach Mick Malthouse for letting the Brisbane Lions get so close to his side in their 13-point win at the Gabba.
- Naitanui on right track, says Worsfold Saturday, 25 May 2013
West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold believes ruckman Nic Naitanui is getting back to his best form.
- Bombers show up toothless Tigers Saturday, 25 May 2013
Essendon have snapped out of their two-game funk and allayed any fears they may be on the verge of yet another mid-season drop-off with a clinical 29-point victory over September wannabes Richmond at. […]
- AFL: Essendon returns to top three with Dreamtime win over Richmond; Carlton edges Brisbane Lions Saturday, 25 May 2013
Essendon beat Richmond by 29 points in their Dreamtime at the ‘G clash, while Carlton held off the Lions at the Gabba.
- Walker all tied up against the Lions Saturday, 25 May 2013
Carlton’s Andrew Walker is tackled by Rohan Bewick of the Lions during the round nine AFL match at the Gabba on May 25, 2013 in Brisbane.
- Watson’s treble sinks Richmond Saturday, 25 May 2013
Essendon’s Jobe Watson is congratulated by team-mates after kicking a goal during the round nine AFL match against Richmond at the MCG on May 25, 2013.
- Blues hunt down Lions Saturday, 25 May 2013
An inaccurate Carlton have reclaimed a spot in the top eight with a gutsy 13-point win over an inconsistent Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.
- Hinkley pays tribute to classy Cats Saturday, 25 May 2013
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley conceded his side was handed a valuable lesson in methodical, creative footy after being cut to ribbons by Geelong to the tune of 48 points at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.