ALF Betting Guide 🇦🇺 🇳🇿 - How bets work, Tips, Live & Odds

AFL or Australian Rules Football as you would expect is one of Australia's biggest pastimes.

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AFL or Australian Rules Football as you would expect is one of Australia's biggest pastimes and this love of the sport transfers over into the betting world with millions of dollars bet each year by punters on various markets.

AFL Betting

Whether it is just a bet placed on the punters favourite team to win a single game or the premiership or a value bet for the weekends fixtures the markets on offer are always busting with action as punters try to use their vast knowledge of the home grown sport to profit through online betting.

The AFL consists of eighteen teams who battle it out each year in a bid to win the coveted 'flag', starting in March the season runs through twenty three rounds of intense action before the top eight teams face off against each other in the finals series with the last two teams standing going on to contest The Grand Final.

There is an unofficial award to the team that tops the ladder at the end of the regular season which is given the minor premiers tag.

AFL for many years was a sport most commonly associated with Victoria but as the years have progressed the rest of the Australian states have come into the sport due to it's increased popularity nation wide and apart from Tasmania all states now have teams competing in the AFL.

AFL is played over four twenty minute quarters (due to time on rules quarters often run for 27-30 minutes) and the rules are simple, one point for a behind and six points for a goal. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins the match.

Below is a list of the current AFL teams who compete each season, their home ground and which state they represent:

Club Name

Main Ground


Adelaide Football Club

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide, SA

Brisbane Lions

The Gabba

Brisbane, QLD

Carlton Football Club

Etihad Stadium

Melbourne, VIC

Collingwood Football Club


Melbourne, VIC

Essendon Football Club

Etihad Stadium

Melbourne, VIC

Fremantle Football Club

Domain Stadium

Perth, WA

Geelong Football Club

Simonds Stadium

Geelong, VIC

Gold Coast Football Club

Metricon Stadium

Gold Coast, QLD

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Spotless Stadium

Western Sydney, NSW

Hawthorn Football Club


Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Football Club


Melbourne, VIC

North Melbourne Football Club

Etihad Stadium

Melbourne, VIC

Port Adelaide Football Club

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide, SA

Richmond Football Club


Melbourne, VIC

St Kilda Football Club

Etihad Stadium

Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Swans


Sydney, NSW

West Coast Eagles

Domain Stadium

Perth, WA

Western Bulldogs

Etihad Stadium

Melbourne, VIC

Common Bet Types For AFL

Head To Head Betting

This is a general win - lose - draw bet placed on either of the two AFL teams competing in a single match.

Due to the nature of AFL and the way the game is played with high scoring the norm draws are very seldom seen so usually a punter will place a bet on either team to win although when a draw does pop up from time to time you get some very juicy odds if you have had a bet on that outcome.

Line or Handicap Betting

This option relates to the online betting sites handicap that is given to the team that is expected to lose in a bid to even the match up and the prices accordingly.

The online bookmakers will offer the inferior team a virtual head start in line with their current form and the line could be anywhere a little as 1-6 points all the way up to 60-80.

Example - Essendon are priced at 1.3 to beat the Swans in the head to head market but once the handicap is formed lets say the Swans gain 24.5 points then the line betting would be 1.9 the pair.

If the Swans either won the match or lost by no more than 25 points then it is the Swans that is deemed the winner in the market.

Margin Betting

This market is solely about what the difference in scores will be at the end of the game between the two teams.

You can pick set margins that the betting site has priced up which usually consists of band ranges or you can go for the exact margin a team will win by.

Example - Essendon 1-16, this means that if Essendon win the match by anywhere between 1 to 16 points then your bet is a winner.

Alternatively the exact margin would be if you placed a bet on Essendon to win by 31 points then they would have to win by that margin and that margin alone

Most Disposals Betting

This is a relatively new betting option that has gained popularity over recent years, five or six players will be put into a market and the result will be determined by who has the most disposals out of the players selected.

The pricing within the market is determined by previous form throughout the year.

Example - Player A has 35 disposals during the match while players B,C,D,E and F can only manage 22,31, 26, 17 and 33 respectively so player A wins the match up and the bet.

First and Last Goalscorer Betting

Pick a player to score either the first goal in any quarter or the last goal in any quarter and if your selection obliges then your bet is a winner.

Most Goals Betting

You can pick any given player to score the most goals during the match of the players playing and if your selection manages to score the most or tie then your bet is good.

Example - Player A scores 5 goals and the nearest rival only manages 3 goals then player A is the winner OR player A and B score 4 goals each then they are both deemed the winner and the odds of the selections are halved.

If three players score the same amount then the odds are a third of the original and so on.

Half Time Full Time Betting

This market allows you to place a bet on a result at half time and then the result at full time.

Example - Hawthorne to be leading at half time and at full time OR the Swans to be leading at half time and Hawthorne to win at full time.

It is a good option to inflate your odds on any given match.


The Premiership Winner is a simple win bet on who will win the grand final.

Brownlow Medal

The Brownlow Medal is given to the player who has been deemed the best and fairest player of the season as determined by votes cast by the officiating field umpires after each game.

The player with the most votes at the end of the season is deemed the winner.

Coleman Medal

The Coleman Medal is given to the player who has scored the most goals throughout the home and away season.

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