Welcome to the Soccer Betting FAQ section for SoccerTips.co.za. Our goal is to help you to improve your betting experience by knowing more about Soccer Betting. So we’re here to help you find out how to get started, and will take you through from Registration, FICA, depositing, placing your soccer bets, what kind of bonuses you can expect, and finally how to withdraw.
The first thing you need in order to bet on soccer, is an online betting account. There are plenty of betting sites in South Africa, some are new and some have been around for many years. Some of the betting sites that have been operating in South Africa for awhile include Sportingbet SA, Supabets, Hollywoodbets, Betxchange and WSB. Some of the new betting sites in South Africa include Betway SA, Sportpesa, Sunbet, and GGGaming.
You can choose to register with one, a few or all of them. Our recommendation is to register with a site that you trust and to possibly have 2 other betting accounts with other betting sites, so a total of 3. This allows you to get multiple deposit bonuses, compare odds, but still have enough money in each betting wallet to make it worth having. Splitting your funds between too many betting accounts is not a good idea. Once you have selected the betting site(s) you want to play with, you need to register. Each betting site will have a slightly different registration form and process, but they will all typically need the following from you on registration:
ID Number/Passport Number
If not a South African citizen, then your Foreign passport and work permit.
Some sites might only ask for a few of these details initially, but they will need all of them before you can actually start to bet with them.
A few sites will also send you an email confirmation (with a link in the email you need to click on) or an SMS with an OTP which you need to verify. This is to ensure that the contact details you have provided are correct. It is also to ensure that only 1 account is created with a mobile number/email address to help prevent duplicate accounts (which is against the terms and conditions of every South Africa betting site).
Some sites have what are called Registration Bonuses. These are like free bets that you get just for registering, no deposit required. They are offered as an incentive to register with them, as well as to get you placing your first bets. These registration bonuses are not available to withdraw as cash and are provided purely as bonus bets. They will typically also have certain criteria such as rollover limits and minimum odds. At the moment the sites offering registration bonuses include Betway (see Betway R25 Free Bet); Hollywoodbets (with their R25 Free bet), WSB (with their R50 free bet) and Supabets (with their R50 free bet).
Once you have successfully registered with a betting site, you now need to deposit funds into your betting wallet so that you can start to bet. Each betting site offers a variety of deposit options, but most decent sites will offer the following deposit options:
1Voucher, OTTVoucher, BLUVoucher, Kazang, Ozow, SID, PeachPayments, EFT, and Credit Card. Some of these are betting vouchers (which are like airtime vouchers), and these are a very popular betting deposit method. We have provided detailed instructions for certain betting sites, so you can see how to deposit on Betway SA, how to deposit on Hollywoodbets, and how to deposit on WSB. If you deposit with vouchers, credit card or instant EFT like Ozow, then your betting wallet should show your balance immediately. If you do a manual EFT it can take a few days to clear.
Almost every betting site in South Africa offers some sort of a First Deposit Bonus. This is because getting users to make the first deposit is the most difficult part of getting new players. Once a player has made a first deposit, they typically continue to make them and play on that betting site. The deposit bonuses vary (see all deposit bonuses) from bookmaker to bookmaker, but typically are a % match of the amount you deposit, and most will offer a 100% up to 200% deposit match bonus. They will then also limit the actual amount to be between R1000 to R20 000. The first deposit bonuses are typically paid into a bonus wallet, meaning that the amount can not be withdrawn, needs to be rolled over a few times and at certain minimum odds. Whether you are able to withdraw the money or not, it is still free betting money that can be played with.
So now you have registered and deposited, so what’s next to get you betting on soccer. Next you need to actually start building your betslips and placing bets. Before we do that, we need to understand the Soccer Betting Markets.
In soccer, you have many options for placing your bets, and these are called the bet markets.
This is the most popular betting market for soccer. It is called 1×2. 1 is for Home, X is for Draw and 2 is for Away. When you bet on this market you are betting on the ultimate outcome of the match in terms of which team wins, or whether it is a draw. If you believe the Home team will win it, you bet 1. This is a popular bet market as it is very easy to understand, but also because the betting sites make good money from it, it is promoted heavily by them. The problem with this market is that there is no room for error.
The over/under market is also a very popular market as it is also easy to understand and fun to bet on. Here you are betting whether the total number of goals scored (total being both teams added together) will be over or under a certain number. For example, if you bet Under 1.5, then you are predicting that by the time the final whistle is blown, the total goals scored will be less than 2. The most popular Over/Under market is the Over/Under 2.5 Market. Here you are betting on whether the total number of goals scored in the game will be over 2.5 or under 2.5, meaning more than 2 goals or 2 goals or less.
Both Teams to Score (BTTS)
This betting market refers to whether you think both of the teams will score in the match or if only one of them will. There are variations of this market, and you can bet whether you think one team will or won’t score in a particular half of the game as well.
Now that you know more about the soccer betting markets, you can actually build and place your bet. There are 2 different types of bets you can make. Single bets and multiple bets (multi bets). A single bet is when you bet on one thing only, like Manchester United to win. A multibet is when you add more selections to your betslip. The reason to do this, is that as you add more and more selections, the odds increase dramatically. Meaning, if you were to win, your potential payout will be substantially higher than if you were only doing single bets. As an example, single bets are typically odds of may 2/1 or 3/1. But Multibets can be odds of 30/1. A second reason to use multibets is that lots of betting sites offer multibet bonuses, so the more selections you add to your betslip, the higher a bonus they give you on top of your potential winnings.
If you want to withdraw money from your betting wallet, there are only 2 ways to do it. You can either request the funds to be transferred via EFT into your bank account, which can take up to 5 working days. Or you can request it to be sent to an eWallet like FNB eWallet or ABSA Cash Send. You don’t typically even need to have a bank account with these banks in order to use the withdrawal service. However they are typically limited to a low daily withdrawal limit.
We hope this soccer betting article has been useful. Remember, we at SoccerTips are on a mission to provide the best free soccer betting tips, pool tips, league tips, and match predictions in South Africa.