What Is the Meaning of Half-Time/Full-Time in Football Betting?

Football is a real-life soap opera. So much happens during the game that it’s easy to get lost in the chaos. There’s running around, there are goals, and then there are penalties. After 90 minutes, the referee blows his whistle and everybody jumps up and down, celebrating the winning team.

The situation gets even more complicated when you throw in the fact that teams can be scored against after the interval. Known as halftime/fulltime betting, this is where the phrase ‘never-ending match’ comes from. You might throw a goal or two in after the first period, but you’ll still be watching the game at the end. For sportsbooks, this is an opportunity to make – and lose – big money.

What Is The Difference Between Half-Time/Full-Time In Football?

There are three main differences between the two:

  • The first is that full-time matches are played for 90 minutes (three 15-minute periods).
  • The second is that at the end of each period, the teams change ends (goals to the other side of the field).
  • The third is that only two substitutions are allowed during the match (in the case of injuries, for example).

The first of these differences means that the game finishes more quickly. If you’re a gambler looking to place a bet on the match, you’ll see a lot more bets on full-time than halftime. It’s not unusual to see a full-time bet placed before the end of the second period.

As for the second difference, this is where the phrase ‘never-ending match’ comes from. During the interval, the teams do change ends and it’s effectively two halves of the same game. The first 15 minutes is scored as part of the first half, the next 15 as part of the second, and so on. This is known as the double-header. For fans, it’s always an extra treat to see two games in the same day. For sportsbooks, it’s an opportunity to make – and lose – big money.

Why Are Penalties Scored After The Interval?

The match continues even after the interval. This is because the referee cannot stop the game when the teams change ends. Instead, he waits for the next whistle to signify that the game has restarted. Even then, he will keep the whistle to himself and continue to count the score. When he finally blows the whistle for the second time (after the second half), the players immediately begin celebrating the goal or hat trick, etc.

Even if you think you’re not one to get too emotionally invested in a game of football, the situation gets tense when your team is on the pitch and there’s just a few minutes left. You want to see your boys do well, but you don’t want to risk it all by placing a bet on them and then them collapsing without being able to bounce back. The same goes for the other team, as you don’t want to ruin their day by pointing out how your boys will inevitably lose.

What Is The Typical Spread In Football?

The spread is the amount of money that is wagered on a side to win. It can be either in favour of or against the spread. If a team is listed at +140 in the spread, this means that the public is betting 140 dollars to win 70. In most cases, the spread is determined by the betting odds (sometimes called the juice) offered by sportsbooks.

The odds on each side will fluctuate throughout the week. Sometimes, a team might be heavily favoured in the betting odds and in other cases, they might be badly mismatched. In the case of a large underdog, this might even mean that a game is a push. For example, when Tottenham Hotspur is listed at +400 in the early stages of a game, this means that the public is backing the away team (usually the lower ranked side) to win by a large margin. If you’re looking for an opportunity to make some money from the Premier League, you might want to check out this weekend’s games. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and see some good old-fashioned football betting fun.