Expats from soccer-crazy nations. The rise of Major League Soccer (MLS) in North America. The massive fan base of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT), the most successful team in international women’s soccer history.
These are just a few of the factors that have contributed to a growing love for soccer in the US. Meanwhile, the popularity of soccer betting is surging right alongside it.
NJ online sportsbooks make betting on soccer easy by posting all kinds of soccer odds, lines, and markets from all over the globe. Live soccer betting is also on the table with dozens of props on the board for the biggest soccer matches, no matter where or when games are played.
Here’s a complete look at online soccer betting in New Jersey, including the best apps, the best bonuses, and a few tips for soccer betting beginners.
When it comes to betting on soccer from your phone or tablet in NJ, DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel sportsbooks are the top three options. Here’s why:
DraftKings NJ offers three-way moneylines, spreads and totals for a vast variety of soccer matches from around the globe.
There’s also live, in-play betting on select games and futures markets for everything from Euro 2021 to World Cup 2022.
The DraftKings app is available for iPhone and Android devices.
BetMGM NJ offers access to a massive variety of soccer betting markets from around the world.
In fact, standard soccer betting was even available from various leagues in the spring of 2020 when most pro sports were suspended or postponed.
Hundreds more soccer betting options will also become available when the MLS, English Premier League, Champions League, Euro 2021, World Cup 2022 and more get up and running.
Bets available include point spreads, totals, props and futures. The BetMGM app is on both iPhone and Android platforms.
FanDuel NJ offers basic soccer betting options on a large variety of soccer from around the globe. Available soccer bet types include:
• Round robins
• Three-way spreads
• Total goals
FanDuel also offers live, in-play betting on select soccer matches and futures markets, including the MLS and most international leagues and competitions.
The FanDuel Sportsbook app is also available for iPhone and Android devices.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, is the most popular retail sportsbook in the state. It’s less than an hour from midtown Manhattan and post lines for most major soccer games in North America and internationally.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands is a great place to watch and bet on international soccer matches. Furthermore, FanDuel hosts an online sportsbook and betting app that you can download onto any smartphone or tablet.
The app features the same soccer lines you’ll find at the land-based sportsbook at The Meadowlands. It offers convenient and quick access to live, in-play soccer markets.
You can use the FanDuel Sportsbook app inside the FanDuel retail sportsbook at The Meadowlands or anywhere else you are inside the state of New Jersey.
Pro leagues around the globe play the game with 11 players on each side, including a goalie. The games are usually 90 minutes in length, with two 45-minute halves. Other than during halftime, the clock does not stop. Instead, match officials add up any time spent dealing with injuries or other stoppages in play and add this time to the end of the 90 minutes.
Futures markets at most NJ online and mobile sportsbooks may include various international competitions like the World Cup and major soccer league championships like the MLS or English Premier League. Single-game wagering is available for most games in these competitions and leagues as well.
These bets typically involve basic moneyline, spread and totals markets. Soccer betting features three-way wagering, which means you can bet on either side to win, or the game to end in a draw. Other particulars in the game open up further betting options. These include:
Live, in-play betting is also available for select soccer matches. This allows you to bet on basic soccer lines during a game at odds that change with the action.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled for late November and December 2022 in Qatar. It will feature the top 32 national teams in the world, including a team from Qatar, and will be held over 28 days with the final on Dec. 18, 2022.
The World Cup begins with a group stage consisting of matches against teams in the same group. The top two teams from each group moved ahead to a knockout stage where a single-elimination tournament is played for the World Cup title.
World Cup futures markets are already open at NJ online sportsbooks. Three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets for each World Cup game will be available ahead of the start of the event and throughout.
World Cup qualification started in 2019. Betting markets for qualification games and events should be available online in NJ over the next two years. Check the latest futures odds for some World Cup favorites at DraftKings and BetMGM here:
Bets on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) may be the wisest in all of soccer. After all, the USWNT is the most successful team in international women’s soccer history. They’ve won four Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Betting on the USWNT will resume in NJ when the team starts playing again.
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) represents the US in international soccer competitions, including the FIFA World Cup. The team had appeared in 10 World Cups, with its best finish this millennium coming in the 2002 World Cup when they made the quarterfinals.
The USMNT did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup but is hopeful for 2022. Qualification for the 2022 World Cup began in 2019. USMNT betting markets for these games, including three-way moneyline, spread and totals will open in NJ once they are officially scheduled.
In the meantime, you can bet on the 2022 World Cup futures in NJ (see above). The USA was at +10,000 to win the 2022 World Cup on DraftKings Sportsbook in May 2020.
The English Premier League is England’s top-tier pro soccer league. The 2019-20 season started in August 2019 and was scheduled to wrap up on June 1. However, professional football was suspended in all of England until after that date. There were 92 games left on the schedule when the season was stopped.
The EPL has now resumed play as of June 17. Liverpool — aiming for the club’s first league title for 30 years — is currently top of the table with a commanding 25-point lead over Manchester City.
Bundesliga is Germany’s top-tier pro soccer league. The 2019-20 Bundesliga season started on Aug. 16, 2019 and was scheduled to end on May 16. Like most leagues around the world, though, the season was suspended on March 13 due to the global shutdown.
Given how effective Germany’s Covid counter-measures were, the Bundesliga is one of the first European Leagues to resume play. Games began again on May 16 and betting markets are open at NJ sportsbooks.
Bundesliga futures and individual markets are currently open at DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM. You can also stream and bet Bundesliga games live through the sportsbook apps.
Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top pro soccer league in the US and Canada. The regular season began on Feb. 29 and was scheduled to run through Oct. 4. The playoffs were planned for October and the MLS Cup 2020 Final was scheduled for Nov. 7. Play was first suspended for a month on March 12, and the suspension was eventually extended to June 8.
On June 9 MLS announced it will return to action on July 8 with a month-long, 26-team World Cup-style tournament at Disney World in Florida. MLS betting markets will reopen at NJ online and mobile sportsbooks when games are finalized.
La Liga is Spain’s top-tier pro soccer league. The 2019-20 season started in August 2019 and was all set to wrap up in May 2020. However, the 2019-20 La Liga season was suspended on March 12.
La Liga teams were allowed to return to training in late April, and the 2019-20 season restarted in June 2020. La Liga betting markets have now reopened at NJ online and mobile sportsbooks.
Serie A is Italy’s top-tier pro soccer league. The 2019-20 season started in August 2019 and was scheduled to end on May 24. However, the 2019-20 Serie A season was suspended on March 9.
Organizers are hopeful the season can resume with a truncated schedule consisting of group stages and a knockout playoff tournament before the end of the year.
Ligue 1 is France’s top-tier pro soccer league. The season started in August 2019 and was scheduled to end in May. However, the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was suspended on March 13. The season was ultimately cancelled on April 30.
The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League was halted after the first set of a round of 16 matches. The final was scheduled to take place on May 30 in Turkey, but it has been postponed. The league is considering moving to August. NJ Champions League markets will return when the dates for games have been finalized.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Champions League is North American soccer’s top club competition. It was scheduled for February to May.
Play began and the Montreal Impact, Tigres UANL, Atlanta United FC and Los Angles FC reached the semifinals before the suspension of the tournament.
New dates of the semifinal matches will be confirmed at a later date and NJ betting markets should resume at that time.
Liga MX season is Mexico’s top-flight soccer league. It is divided into two championships: Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura. The same 19 club teams compete in both. On March 15, the Mexican Football Federation suspended the season indefinitely during Torneo Clausura. Liga MX betting will return to NJ online and mobile sportsbooks when the league resumes play.
The Euros features the top 24 national teams from Europe competing for the European Championship every four years.
UEFA has moved Euro 2020 to 2021. It was scheduled to take place across 12 European countries from June 12 to July 12. It is now set for June 11-July 11, 2021.
Futures markets are still open at NJ online and mobile sportsbooks. See current lines at DraftKings here:
The 2019-20 English Premier League season started in August 2019. It was set to wrap up on June 1, but with 92 games left on the schedule, the league suspended the season. No firm dates have been set for the season to resume.
Liverpool had a massive lead in the standings with 27 wins, one draw and one loss over 29 games before the season was halted. Until play stopped, most NJ online sportsbooks posted three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets for each Premier League game.
Twenty teams compete in the league, which includes the top 17 teams from the previous season standings and three teams promoted from the English Football League Championship division. Each team plays the others twice. Therefore, a full season consists of 38 league matches.
The teams that finish in the bottom three spots in the standings are relegated to the English Football League Championship. Premier League clubs also play in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup tournaments. The FA Cup includes teams from the top 10 divisions of English football. The Carabao Cup is a tournament for teams from England’s top four divisions only.
The top four teams in the Premier League standings qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The FA Cup winners, Carabao Cup winners and the Premier League’s fifth-place team qualify for the Europa League.
More information on the Premier League is here.
The UEFA Champions League is an international club football competition featuring the top teams from the top leagues in European soccer. The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League was suspended in the middle of many of the round of 16 matches. The league is considering moving the rest of the games to August.
Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League but was eliminated by Atlético Madrid in the round of 16 this year.
Most NJ online sportsbooks post-three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets for each Champions League match. Outside of the final, Champions League matches are contested over two-legs. That means betting markets are available for each leg and the match as a whole.
Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Atalanta and Atlético Madrid qualified for the quarterfinals before the season was suspended. In the meantime, Manchester City was up 2-1 over Real Madrid, Napoli and Barcelona were tied 1–1, Bayern Munich was up 3-0 over Chelsea, and Lyon was up 1-0 over Juventus after one leg.
Champions League betting markets should reopen in NJ once a schedule for the rest of the knockout stage is announced.
The 2020 MLS season started on Feb 29. Each one of the league’s 26 teams played just two games before the season was suspended. The suspension is in place until June 8. The season was scheduled to wrap up Oct. 4, and the playoffs would run in October with the MLS Cup 2020 final on Nov. 7. New dates will be announced soon.
MLS futures markets are available at most NJ online sportsbooks. Plus, single-game wagering, including three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets, will be available for each game throughout the regular season and playoffs.
The league features two 13-team conferences. Each team plays 34 games throughout the regular season, which includes 17 home and 17 away games. The top seven MLS teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs and are put in seeded brackets. The top seed in each conference gets a first-round bye.
The playoffs are a single-elimination tournament with each game hosted by the higher seed. If there’s a tie, two straight 15-minute extra time periods act as a tie-breaker. If there’s still a tie, a penalty kick shootout is held.
The Seattle Sounders FC won the MLS Cup 2019. The Sounders beat Toronto FC in the final. Los Angeles FC earned the Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best record in the regular season.
Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC joined the league for the 2020 season.
The New York Red Bulls are one of two New York MLS teams, although the Red Bulls are based in Harrison, NH.
The Red Bulls play home games at Red Bull Arena in Harrison’s Riverbend District across the Passaic River from Newark, NJ, only seven miles from the New York City borough of Manhattan.
The Red Bulls have been an MLS club since the league’s inaugural season in 1996 and play in the league’s Eastern Conference. The team reached the MLS Cup final in 2008 but lost to the Columbus Crew.
The Red Bulls have won three Supporters’ Shield titles for having the best regular-season MLS record in 2013, 2015 and 2018. The team has made the MLS Cup Playoffs every year since 2009. However, the Red Bulls have not advanced past the semifinals during this time.
The 2019 New York Red Bulls finished sixth in the East and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team started the 2020 campaign with a 3-2 win over Cincinnati and drew 1-1 with Real Salt Lake before the season was suspended.
Kyle Duncan, Kaku, Daniel Royer and Cristian Cásseres Jr. have scored for the Red Bulls so far in 2020.
MSG and MSG Plus televise Red Bulls games.
New York Red Bulls futures markets are available at most NJ online and mobile sportsbooks and single-game wagering, including three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets, are available for each Red Bulls game.
New York City FC is one of two New York MLS teams, although New York City FC is the only one that actually plays in New York. The team plays home games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
New York City FC joined the MLS as an expansion team in 2015 and they play in the league’s Eastern Conference. The team has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs every year except for its inaugural season. In fact, NY City FC has advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for four straight years.
The team started the 2020 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew FC and a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC before the season was suspended.
New York City FC games are broadcast on the YES Network and streamed free on the Fox Sports Go website. New York City FC futures markets are available at most NJ online sportsbooks and single-game wagering, including three-way moneyline, spread and totals markets, are available for each Red Bull game.
Bet on NYFC at DK here:
Landon Donovan is arguably the greatest US men’s soccer player of all time. That fact extends to the more than 200 games he played for the USMNT and 250 for the MLS’ LA Galaxy.
In 2011, the LA Galaxy won the MLS Supporter’s Shield and Donovan helped lead the team to the 2011 MLS Cup final, where he scored the game’s only goal to clinch the win for the Galaxy over the Houston Dynamo. It was Donovan’s fourth MLS Cup title, but no moment was bigger for him or Major League Soccer. Donavan was named the MLS Cup MVP.
He also scored on a penalty to help the LA Galaxy to back-to-back MLS Cups in 2012, but he was out of the league within a couple of seasons. Donovan did come out of retirement to help an injury-laden LA Galaxy squad in 2016.
The greatest day in New York Red Bulls history may be the July 2010 day when the club signed French international soccer star Thierry Henry.
He’d played for FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus FC and AS Monaco. He’d won the World Cup, European Championship and the UEFA Champions League. Suddenly, Henry was coming to the US, New York and MLS. He may have passed his prime at 32 but Henry was still primed to be the greatest draw in the league, and he spent a few years as the league’s top-paid player.
Henry helped the Red Bulls top the Eastern Conference standings in his first year. Although they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes in the quarterfinals of the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Red Bulls made it to the conference semifinals and lost in 2011 and 2012.
The team won the 2013 Supporters’ Shield but lost in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. The 2014 team made it to the conference semifinals again and lost. Henry announced his retirement in December 2014.
Signing arguably the best Spanish striker of all time, David Villa, before his inaugural season gave New York City FC instant credibility. In his second season with the team, Villa turned NYCFC into a contender.
In December 2016, Villa was named Landon Donovan 2016 MLS MVP. He scored 23 goals, collected four assists and finished second in the MLS Golden Boot standings that season. Perhaps even more importantly, he led NYCFC to its MLS Cup Playoffs berth. The team also made the playoffs for the next two years behind Villa’s stellar striking.
Hardcore gamblers and longtime soccer fans may be used to betting on offshore (i.e., European-based) betting apps. These offshore books may even provide more soccer betting options than NJ online and mobile sportsbooks. But there are advantages to betting in a legal and regulated environment that only NJ online sportsbooks can provide.
Regulation itself is No. 1 on that list. Using a licensed NJ sports betting app means you’re betting in a safe, legal, and state-regulated environment. You can bet with confidence knowing if something goes wrong, you have somewhere to turn.
That’s not the case at many offshore and illegal operators. Your money is safe and secure when you bet with legal and regulated NJ sportsbooks. You’re taking an unnecessary risk when you bet with an illegal offshore operator.
Banking methods also aren’t the same and there isn’t a governing body to assist you if something goes funny with your money.