More than 20% of the Canadian population is made up of people who have immigrated to Canada. Many have brought a love for the beautiful game with them from football-crazed countries around the world. Add in soccer overtaking hockey as the most popular sport for youth in Canada and the growing popularity of Canadian MLS teams Toronto FC, CF Montréal, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and it’s easy to see Canada is becoming a soccer nation.
Once single-game betting and private online sportsbooks take hold for good, Canada will become a soccer betting nation as well. Thousands of new betting opportunities, from the English Premier League to Champions League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and MLS, will be at your fingertips.
Here’s how you can grab some of the soccer betting action in Canada, including live odds for the Premier League and MLS, plus a walkthrough of all the ways you can bet on soccer online.
Is soccer betting legal in Canada?
Right now, there’s still a federal ban on single-game betting in Canada, but all signs point to it being lifted in 2021. A federal bill to amend the Criminal Code and make it legal for provincial governments, provincial lotteries or entities licensed by a provincial government to offer single-game sports wagering passed a second reading in the House of Commons in February 2021.
It’s now headed to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and appears to be just a third reading, similar Senate consideration and a Governor General signature away from becoming law. In the meantime, provincial lottery corporations across the country offer various limited parlay sports betting lottery products that let you bet on soccer matches from around the globe.
As long as you combine at least two or three bets together and accept the less-than-competitive odds they offer. These limited parlay sports betting lottery products include:
- PROLINE Sports Lottery (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation): PROLINE, Point Spread, Pools, and Props available only at lottery retailers only. A minimum combination of two or three bets.
- Mise-o-jeu Sports Lottery (Loto-Québec): Available at lottery retailers, self-serve kiosks, and online for Quebec residents with an account. A minimum combination of two bets.
- PlayNow Sports Lottery (British Columbia Lottery Corporation): The closest thing to a legal Canadian online sportsbook available through PlayNow.com in BC and Manitoba. A minimum combination of two bets.
- Sports Select Lottery (Western Canada Lottery Corporation): Parlay and pool wagering with a $100 cap available at provincial lottery retailers and self-serve kiosks in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon only. A minimum combination of three bets.
- STADIUM BETS Sports Lottery (Atlantic Lottery Corporation): Parlay wagering online and at lottery retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. A minimum combination of three bets.
Live Premier League, MLS odds
If you’re betting on soccer in Canada, chances are you’re betting on either the English Premier League or Major League Soccer, which has three Canadian teams. Here’s a look at the latest EPL and MLS odds direct from Canadian online sportsbooks. (Note: This feed will be live once single-game betting is up and running in Canada)
Bet on the Premier League in Canada
England’s top tier of professional soccer, the English Premier League season generally runs between August and May. It involves the top 20 teams in England playing each other once each at home and away, for a total of 380 matches (38 each).
Each match will have a set of odds posted for it along with ongoing live odds for betting on halves or props while the game is in progress. You can also bet on EPL futures at any time including on a team to finish in the top 4, a team to be relegated, a specific player to score a goal or get a red card, etc.
The bottom three teams in the league table are relegated to the second tier Championship every year and replaced by three clubs promoted from the Championship at the end of the season.
How do EPL odds in Canada compare to UK sportsbooks?
Look around and you should find that the soccer odds on most EPL matches are pretty much the same everywhere, from provincially licensed online sportsbooks in Canada, to High Street bookmakers and betting shops in the UK.
Many are even owned and operated by the same companies, or they use the same sports betting tech companies to set odds. Even those that aren’t affiliated often have the same odds on EPL matches and other major sports just to stay competitive.
They may look different, as some books use Fraction or Decimal odds and North American sportsbooks employ American odds, but you’ll find they’re equal when converted to the other format.
Of course, you’re bound to find some differences, mostly when there’s heavy betting on one side of a match at a particular sports betting operator. When someone walks into a High Street bookmaker and drops down a massive bet on Liverpool in an upcoming match, that bookmaker might move its line to try to attract betting to the other side. Other High Street bookmakers and provincially licensed online sportsbooks in Canada won’t follow suit, unless a big bet is also placed on Liverpool there, which is why you’ll find differences in EPL lines from sportsbook to sportsbook.
You should also keep in mind that local interest often drives betting, which means there’s often more money bet on EPL matches at UK sports betting operators than those in Canada. This ultimately means a bigger chance of movement in EPL lines in the UK than here at home.
Bet on MLS in Canada
MLS is the top tier of professional soccer in North America. The league features 27 teams, including three in Canada, each playing a 34-game schedule from late February or early March through mid-October. The top 14 teams, seven each from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, advance to the MLS Cup Playoffs in late October and November to vie for the MLS Cup.
Canadian MLS Teams
- Founded: 2005
- Location: Toronto, Ontario
- Home Stadium: BMO Field (Capacity 30,000)
- Owner: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
- Coach: Chris Armas
- Top Stars: Jozy Altidore, Ayo Akinola, Alejandro Pozuelo
- 2020: 2nd in Eastern Conference, First Round playoff loss
- Best Ever: 2017 Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup winner
CF Montréal (Formery Montreal Impact)
- Founded: 2010
- Location: Montreal, Quebec
- Home Stadium: Saputo Stadium (Capacity 19,619)
- Owner: Joey Saputo
- Coach: Wilfried Nancy
- Top Stars: Romell Quioto, Bojan Krkić
- 2020: 9th in Eastern Conference, Play-In-Round playoff loss
- Best Ever: 2016 Conference Final loss to Toronto FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Founded: 2009
- Location: Vancouver, BC
- Home Stadium: BC Place (Capacity 22,120)
- Owners: Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, Steve Nash
- Coach: Marc Dos Santos
- Top Stars: Lucas Cavallini, Fredy Montero
- 2020: 9th in Western Conference
- Best Ever: 2014 MLS regular season best Canadian team
Bet on Bundesliga/Serie A/La Liga
Other top pro soccer leagues around the world you will be able to bet on in Canada include:
- La Liga: Spain’s top league with a traditional season running from August through May.
- Serie A: Italy’s top league top league with a traditional season running from August through May.
- Bundesliga: Germany’s top league with a traditional season running from August through May.
- Ligue 1: France’s top league with a traditional season running from August through May.
- UEFA Champions League: Europe’s top club competition is a year-round tournament.
- CONCACAF Champions League: North America’s top club competition runs traditionally from February to May.
- Liga MX: Mexico’s top league with a traditional season divided into two championships.
Bet on World Cup/Euros
You may also be able to bet on top International soccer competitions in Canada, including:
- Euro 2020: Moved to 2021 and now scheduled to take place in 12 European countries from June 11, 2021 to July 11, 2021.
- 2020 Tokyo Olympics: The association football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan was moved to July 21, 2021 through Aug. 7, 2021. Matches will also be played in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yokohama. 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams scheduled to compete. Men’s teams are restricted to players under 24 with a maximum of three overage players.
- 2022 FIFA World Cup: Scheduled for November to December in Qatar. Usually held in May, June, or July but moved to 28 days in late November and December in Qatar with a final set for Dec. 18, 2022. Qualifying continues.
How does soccer betting work?
Basic soccer betting is a little different than other sports in that it involves three-way betting or 1X2 betting.
That means traditional moneyline markets allowing you to bet on one of three outcomes: You bet on the home team to win, the away team to win, or the game to end in a tie. There’s also spread and totals betting that mirrors other sports and a number of other soccer specific betting options, including:
- Double Chance: A moneyline bet covering two out of three possible outcomes, like a home team win and tie, or an away team win and tie.
- Cards: Bet over/unders on the number of red and yellow cards.
- Corners: Bet over/unders on the number of corners awarded to each team or the combined total
- Live Betting: Basic soccer lines available during games at odds that change with the action on the pitch
- GG OR NG: Bet on both teams scoring at least one goal (GG) or one or both not scoring (NG)
Finding soccer betting markets at online sportsbooks
Whether it’s International leagues and competitions or the MLS, it’s easy to find the soccer betting markets on any online sportsbook website or app. Just find the ‘Soccer’ tab and every bit of soccer action you can bet on will be listed there.
You may also see MLS, EPL, or UEFA Champions League tabs you can click on if you want to get more specific in your search right from the outset. Otherwise, don’t worry, all the leagues and competitions you can bet on will have markets posted under the ‘Soccer’ tab, including the live markets available for games that are currently underway.
3 soccer betting tips for beginners
Soccer betting isn’t rocket science, which means you should be able to figure out a way win a few bets here and there. Try these three soccer betting strategies for beginners:
- Do your homework: Don’t just bet on random soccer games from South East Asia because they’re the only live betting markets available in the middle of the night. Instead, research random soccer games from South East Asia because they’re the only live betting markets available in the middle of the night and beat the books. Research is the key to betting success, so do your homework, whether you’re betting on MLS, the EPL, or anything else.
- Find your grind: Don’t try to be an expert in soccer from South East Asia, MLS, and the EPL all at the same time. Instead, focus on the one league you’re most likely to bet on and learn everything you can about it. Betting exclusively on that one league you know about is the path to profits. Who knows? You might end up knowing more than oddsmakers do and can take advantage of their mistakes.
- My momma told me: You better shop around for the best price on any bet. Look around at the different online and mobile sportsbooks because you might find better soccer betting odds on your wagers and that’s as good as money in your pocket.
Why bet on soccer over other sports
From the MLS to the EPL and pro leagues across Europe, North America, and Asia, there’s a lot of soccer going on. That means tons of action to bet on in a sport that already provides even more betting opportunities than most.
The International nature of most of this action means many soccer betting markets are also available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Live markets from different time zones are running around the clock, meaning the action hardly ever ends. Plus, you can find an edge on North American oddsmakers more concerned with the NFL, NBA, and MLB. It’s hard to find Canadian soccer experts. Be one, and you can get an edge on the books.
Add it up and you can see there are several good reasons why you should be betting on soccer over just about everything.
Get started soccer betting online in Canada
If you want to bet on soccer online in Canada with a privately run online sportsbook, just follow these three very simple steps:
- Open An Account: Go to the website for any provincially licensed online sportsbook through one of our links. Sign up there or download and open a new account through the app. Some personal information will be required, including your name, email and proof of age. You may also be asked for a promo code or bonus code. Entering that will ensure you get the best bonus you can.
- Deposit Money: Get money into your account to bet with through the ‘Cashier’ tab on the sportbook’s app or website. Just choose from the different deposit methods available, including everything from PayPal to Interac and online banking. Then, enter how much you want to deposit and follow the prompts.
- Browse and Bet: Browse through the lines under the soccer tab and click on any bet you’re interested in. A bet slip will be instantly created. Enter the amount you want to bet or add more bets and decide if you want to make a parlay or just place multiple individual bets. View the potential payout for all your bets and click to place the bets.