Betting on Australian Soccer
At the top of the Australian soccer pyramid is the A-league, a 10-team competition which features 9 Australian teams and one from New Zealand (Wellington Phoenix). Like the MLS, for example, the A-League does not use a relegation system.
Under the A-League are eight National Premier Leagues, and two leagues from the Northern Territory. Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, and this is one of the reasons why leagues below the top division are organised on a state level as opposed to a national one like in many other countries. Most of these leagues then have relegation and promotion systems with smaller leagues below them, allowing clubs to climb the ladder.
The women's top league is called the W-League, and also doesn't feature a relegation system. Our odds comparison tool covers all of these leagues mentioned, as well as the major youth leagues in Australia, and the FFS Cup, which is the major knockout cup competition for men's soccer in the country.
As well as international matches featuring the Australian men's and women's teams, A-League teams are able to compete in the AFC Champions League – the Asian continental championship. Interestingly, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand's sole representative in the A-League, are not eligible to compete in this competition.
Australia Soccer Odds
Soccer in Australia is played across the country's summertime, meaning that it runs in parallel with European leagues – from October to May. Due to time-zone differences, Australian matches, which usually take place on Saturdays and Sundays, kick off during the late evening of the day before from a European time-zone perspective. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why it doesn't always attract a high number of punters from that continent.
One thing to say about the Australian leagues in general is that that are high-scoring affairs in comparison to the majority of global leagues. This is particularly true at regional level. As an example, both the Tasmanian and Queensland Premier Leagues saw an average of over 4.60 goals per game in the 2018/19 seasons. The global average stands at around 2.60, just to give those numbers relevance. Going over 3.5 goals a game in an Australian soccer betting coupon is often a popular choice for this reason. The A League doesn't quite hit those heights, but 3.13 goals per game in the 2018/19 season is still a significant number, and should inform your betting selections.
Australian Soccer History
Australia doesn't have a rich soccer history, mostly due to the fact that it is far from the most popular sport in the country with regards to viewing figures. With Rugby League, Rugby Union and Aussie Rules all laying claim to the mantle 'footy', it is no surprise that soccer – football as it is known is so many other countries – had traditionally been relegated to somewhat of an afterthought. Well, that may have been true in the past but the popularity of soccer is growing in Australia to such an extent that it is now said to be the most-played outdoor team sport in the country.
In addition, the domestic leagues now not only produce talent, but attract it to a certain extent too. Not bad for a country that only had its first semi-professional soccer league in 1977. In this short period of time, the country has produced some notable players such as Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill, who is the national team's leading goalscorer with 50 goals in 108 appearances.
The Socceroos, as the team are known, secured their best performance to date at the FIFA World Cup in 2006, in which they entered the tournament at betting odds of 66/1, yet still managed to reach the Round of 16. Australia are currently at odds of 250/1 to win the 2022 edition.
In the women's game, the Matildas, are more prominent than their male counterparts, having reached the quarter-final stage in each of the last three tournaments in 2007, 2011 and 2015.