Betting on Polish Football
The top tier of Polish football is called the Ekstraklasa, which features 16 teams. The bottom two teams at the end of the season drop down into the I Liga, which features 18 teams. The bottom three teams from this division drop into the II Liga, and from there it's a drop into the III Liga, which is divided into 4 regional sections.
In addition to the league system, there are two cup competitions in professional Polish football: the Polish Cup and the SuperCup, which is a meeting between the previous season's winners of the Ekstraklasa and Polish Cup. The winner of the Polish Cup, as well as the best-placed league teams, qualify for UEFA competitions in the form of the Champions League and Europa League.
In addition to all of these domestic matches, which are covered by our Poland football odds comparison tool (bar the II and III Ligas), the nation has active men's and women's national teams at every possible age level, resulting in plenty of options for betting coupons.
Poland Football Odds
The Ekstraklasa is the top flight of Polish football, and has existed in one form or another since 1926. Like most European leagues the competition is played between August and May. After a double round-robin stage, the competition is split in half to make a championship and relegation round, where the teams in each section play each other a further time. The 2018/19 champions (the last completed season until now) were Piast Gliwice, who claimed the title for the very first time in the club's history. That victory halted a run of three consecutive wins for Legia Warsaw.
Looking in more depth at that completed 2018/19 season, the average number of goals per game was slightly above the world average, coming in at 2.78 goals per game, but this was down to a handful of high-scoring matches, as the percentage of matches featuring three or more goals was around the global average of 53%. The biggest surprise to regular bettors on Polish football in this particular season would have been the name of the winners on the Ekstraklasa trophy.
Poland Football History
Poland has a long and distinguished history with the game of football, and has produced some notable players, including one of the modern game's most recognised names in Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish FA was established in 1920 and the first league title was claimed a year later by Cracovia, the same year in which the national team played its first game.
The country had to wait a while for any degree of success, but the period of 1974 to 1986 became known as the Golden Era for Polish football, beginning with the team that finished 3rd at the 1976 World Cup, and then again at the 1982 edition. The team also won Olympic Gold in 1972. For many years after Polish football was in decline, until more recent times with the arrival of players such as Lewandowski and Wojciech Szczęsny.
A young team featuring those players in additional to young talents such as Krzysztof Piątek and Piotr Zieliński is expected to qualify comfortably for Euro 2020: currently the team can be backed at betting odds of 1/3 to win Group G, and odds of 66/1 to win the tournament.
The women's national team also competes in the international stage, but is as yet to qualify for a major tournament.