The A-League is Australia’s premier football competition and is growing in popularity each and every reason in a nation that’s dominated by Australian Rules and Rugby League fans. The increased popularity in the sport has seen a boom in punters betting on A-League matches and futures outcomes.
A-League Futures Betting
There are two main futures markets that punters tend to bet on throughout the year. Both the A-League Grand Final and A-League Minor Premiership attract bets all year round. Unlike many soccer competitions around the world the A-League battle for the Grand Final in a finals series that follows the A-League Premiership Season.
Some punters prefer betting on the minor premiership as it awards a more consistent season rather than the knockout competition of the finals series. Both markets can be bet on in season and out of season making it an attractive market for keen followers of the sport.
A-League Match Betting
Betting on A-League matches is fantastic due to the huge amount of markets available on any given game.
The most popular of these is head-to-head betting where you can pick a team to either win, lose or for the game to be drawn. There are other markets available that allow you to be on a team to win and if the game is tied then your bet will be refunded.
One thing to mention is that it’s always important to know the terms and conditions of your market before placing a bet. Often bookmakers will result the bet after 90 minutes + injury time. If the game goes to extra time or a penalties your head-to-head bet may have already resulted.
Other popular A-League markets include handicap betting, half-time/full-time doubles, first goal scorers and picking the correct full time score of both sides. but there can be hundreds of markets to pick from.
Johnny Warren Medal Betting
The Johnny Warren Medal is awarded to best player in the league following the season. Previously the award was voted on by the players however changed were made in the 2015-16 season and the votes are now made up of a 4 body panel including:
- A technical football expert;
- A football media representative;
- A former professional player representative; and
- A combined vote from the match officials.
Unfortunetly this can only be bet on out of season due to integrity issues but is a popular market for keen A-League followers leading up to the season.
A-League Golden Boot Betting
The A-League Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals throughout an A-League season. This market is popular due to the fact it is open all year round and attracts some media interest.
Recent history suggests that the Golden Boot winner has come from a team that generally finishes top 4 on the ladder so that’s one thing to take into account when betting on this market.
Joe Marston Medal Betting
The Joe Marston Medal is awarded to the best player afield in the A-League Grand Final. This is a popular market for recreational punters, especially those who enjoy a punt only on the marquee events.
It’s important to note that it’s not necessary a player from the winning team who wins the Joe Marston Medal. In the 11-year history of the A-League 3 players from losing sides have won the award. In 2014 two players tied for the award.