Betting on Israeli Football
The top level of Israeli football is the Israeli Premier League, which is currently a 14-team division. This league operates a promotion and relegation system with the second tier, which is currently known as the Liga Leumit. Teams can then subsequently be relegated to tier 3, known as the Liga Alef, and so on.
There are three cup competitions in Israel, although the first is the Super Cup which is only contested between the previous season's winner of the Premier League title and the major cup competition, known as the Israel State Cup. There is a third cup competition, known as the Toto Cup, but this is very much considered a minor competition among teams, and can therefore offer an even more difficult challenge for betting purposes.
Our Israeli football odds comparison tool covers matches in the top two levels of the Israeli league system, as well as the cup competitions, and then matches featuring Israeli teams in UEFA's two premier continental competitions in the form of the Champions League and Europa League. Finally, matches involving all the levels of Israeli international teams are also covered.
Israel Football Odds
The Israeli football season, as with most European leagues, runs from August to May, and is a 26-game regular season with the 14 teams playing each other on a round-robin basis both home and away. The teams are then split to play in a Championship Round and Relegation Round depending on their league position after the initial 26 matches.
The 2018/19 season was the 20th season of the Israeli Premier League, but actually the 77th completed season of the top level of football in Israel. The current champions, as of the end of the 2018/19 season, are Maccabi Tel Aviv, who secured their 22nd title. The team is statistically the most successful in the history of Israeli football, with the next most successful in terms of league wins another team from the capital city: Hapoel Tel Aviv. In recent seasons, Hapoel Be'er Sheva won three consecutive titles between 2016 and 2018.
The increased level of competition between the season's more successful clubs due to the split into the Championship and Relegation Rounds makes adding Israeli teams to betting coupons an intriguing prospect, especially later on in the season.
Israeli Football History
Israel has been part of the international football scene for most of its history as a nation, but perhaps the country's crowning moment in terms of football came in its qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico – to date the nation's only appearance at the finals of the world's elite international football competition.
In the initial stage of its existence as a footballing nation, Israel competed in the Asian Cup, achieving its best result when winning the competition in 1964. However, since 1996 the nation has competed in the qualification rounds for the UEFA European Championships due to political reasons. So far the team has failed to reach the tournament finals showcase.
In the current 2020 UEFA European Championships qualification stage, Israel can be backed at betting odds of 5/1 to win group G, and with the relative strength of the group and the fact that the finals have been expanded in size, the odds do look great for the nation qualifying for its first European Champions main event.
The Israeli women's team is active on the international stage, but is as yet to qualify for a major finals.