Betting on Iranian Football
The elite league in Iran is the Iran Premier League, which is also known as the Persian Gulf Pro League. It is the only professional league in Iran, and currently features 16 teams.
The Persian Gulf Pro League operates a promotion and relegation system with the Azadegan League, which is an 18-team division. The subsequent 3rd and 4th levels of the Iranian football system are split into numerous divisions, but in essence a promotion system can see a team go from the lower reaches all the way up to the top division in Iranian football.
There are two domestic cup competitions in Iran: the Hazfi Cup and the Super Cup. The top two levels of league competition and the cup competitions, as well as matches features the national teams, are all covered by our Iranian football odds comparison tool, which can secure you the best odds.
Iran Football Odds
The Iranian football season runs from July to May, making it one of the longer seasons in international football, including plentiful opportunities to add matches featuring Iranian teams to betting coupons.
The 2018/19 season was won by Persepolis, a team from the capital of Tehran. That was the team's 12th title, making them the most successful side in the history of Iranian football, and therefore making the club a popular addition to betting coupons.
Rather tellingly, the champions of the 2018/19 season, the aforementioned Persepolis, scored 36 goals in the 30-game season, highlighting the lack of goals which tends to afflict the division in general. In fact, only an average of 1.98 goals was seen per match over that entire campaign, making in one of the lowest scoring leagues in world football.
Iranian Football History
An Iranian national team first played a match in 1942, against a British Army XI, and within twenty years, Iran had established itself as one of the most important footballing countries in Asia. This culminated in the team winning the Asian Cup in 1968, 1972 and 1976, becoming the first and subsequent only team to claim the trophy in three successive competitions. To date those are Iran's only successes in the competition.
4 years later, in 1978, Iran qualified for its first ever FIFA World Cup, although failed to register a win in that particular tournament. The Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s put paid to any Iranian hopes of competing in football tournaments on the international stage, but by 1998, Iran were back on the world stage, and this time recorded their first ever victory at a World Cup Finals tournament, defeating the USA 2-1. Iran also qualified for the 2006, 2014 and 2018 tournaments, making the country one of Asia's most consistently appearing teams.
Internationally speaking, Iranian football cannot be discussed without mentioning one particular name: Ali Daei. The name has become famous as the answer to the quiz question 'Who is the leading international goalscorer of all time?' The Iranian football legend scored an incredible 109 goals in 149 games between 1993 and 2006, making him to date the only player to score more than 100 international goals.
The current incarnation of the top Iranian league, the Persian Gulf Pro League, has been more or less consistently in place since 1970, with its current format established in 2001.
At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Iran started the tournament among the favourites, and could be backed before the tournament at betting odds of around 4/1. Indeed, the team reached the semi-final stage, but was comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Japan, who were subsequently beaten in the final by Qatar.